Last week, I was invited to be a contender in the cocktail olympics held at Double Dogs in Sylvan Heights. The event benefitted the Nashville Humane Association, so when they asked me to be a part of it, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Myself, along with 2 other local business owners, were staged to compete against each other by concocting cocktails judged by a panel of local Nashville celebrities. We each had to mix up 3 drinks: 1 with vodka, 1 with whiskey, and 1 with beer. Each cocktail had to also have its own canine inspired name, created by us.
Fortunately for me, the 3 of us competitors were partnered with Double Dogs bartenders that could help us craft the cocktails. The first round of the competition was the vodka round. We created:
The Blue Heeler
- 1 part Tito’s vodka
- 1 part blue Curaçao
- 1 part ginger beer
- muddled lime
- garnish with pineapple and cherry
The second round was the whiskey round, and we created something that I was particularly a huge fan of. I also give myself a lot of credit for the extra clever name. ;]
The Noble Shih Tzu
- 1 part Jack Daniel’s whiskey
- 1 part tonic
- Splash of orange juice
- pineapple-jalapeño simple syrup
- cayenne pepper rim with lime garnish
The third and final round was the beer round. We were given Stiegl grapefruit beer to use in the cocktail.
Breakfast at Toto’s
- 2 parts Stiegl grapefruit beer
- 1 part champagne
- muddled raspberries and mint,
- strawberry, mint, lemon twist garnish
Towards the end of the competition, we made tiny versions of our cocktails so that customers could come up and donate to taste our creations. All donations went directly to the Nashville Humane Association.
The cocktail olympics were a blast. I had so much fun being a part of something that was for a great cause and the staff at Double Dogs were so wonderful.
After the judges tallied their scores, they gave out medals. I received bronze, which was still a win in my book (even though it was technically last place) because I really had no idea what I was doing. All in all, it was really fun to pretend to be a bartender for the evening while raising money for the Nashville Humane Association.
Hope you all have a great weekend!