Svedka Vodka, one of the most popular imported vodkas in the U.S., is searching for the country’s best “power mixers” to compete in the first annual “Svedka Shakedown,” a one night only event in which five bartenders will endure three fast-paced rounds of mixology challenges (think impossible ingredients). The fight to win $5,000 is set for Monday, August 11 from 7 – 10 p.m. at Cecconi’s Miami Beach at Soho Beach House.
After the deadline for submissions passed on Monday, July 21, a panel of judges reviewed each applicant. TheFive selections are based on the bartender’s professional experience, personal characterisitcs, and the quality of the original recipe he/she turns in to chilledmagazine.com/svedkashakedown. Judges include three bartenders, Miami native Ben Potts, Jason Littrell, Ezra Pattek, as well as TV personality Alexandra Olavarria, this writer, and Vicky Aros, Brand Director for Svedka Vodka at Constellation Brands.
Svedka’s name is inspired by the Swedish word “Svenska,” which means, well, “Swedish,” followed by “vodka.”
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