Set the Bar Cocktail Contest!

September 27, 2017

In honor of National Vodka Day on October 4th, the Sarasota Manatee Originals and local bartenders are teaming up to showcase 10 of the Sarasota Manatee Originals member restaurants that have bar menus specializing in craft cocktails and unique libations! The “Set the Bar Competition” will take place on National Vodka Day October 4th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm at the Aloft Courtyard, Sarasota.  The event benefits the Tour de Cure. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through the link below.

The Beach House and Sandbar definitely fit the description of restaurants with a wide variety of extraordinary and creative cocktail creations so we could not resist joining in! We couldn’t choose which of our amazing bartenders should represent each of our restaurants so we decided to have a contest of our own. All this week the bartenders will be competing against each other to see who is going to represent the restaurants at the main contest on October 4th. Each bartender has created their own cocktail using the featured vodka – Tito’s infusing it with different flavors, ingredients and adding mixers that make them delicious. Here are the contenders: Come in to Vote for your favorite!

Sandbar Cocktails

Marisas-Cherry-Vodka-LemonadeMarisa Cherry Vodka Limeade – Sandbar Bartender

Fill tall glass with cubed ice
2 oz. cherry infused Tito’s vodka
1 oz. lime juice
1 ½ oz. grenadine
4 oz. sprite
Fresh squeezed lime juice

Pour and stir. Serve and enjoy!
Jillys-Cucumber-Lime-Watermelon-MojitoJilly’s Cucumber Lime Watermelon Mojito – Sandbar Bartender

Fill tall glass with cubed ice
Muddle mint and limes
Splash of watermelon oasis
1 ¼ oz. cucumber lime infused Tito’s vodka
Splash of simple syrup

Shake. Top with club soda. Serve and enjoy!
Emilies-DetoxEmilie’s Detox – Sandbar Bartender

Fill rocks glass with ice
2 oz. ginger infused Tito’s vodka
½ oz. lemongrass infused simple syrup
1 lime wedge squeezed
1 lemon wedge squeezed
2 mint leaves

Shake ingredients. Pour in to shot glass. Serve and enjoy!

Beach House Cocktails

Misty’s Spicy Sophistication - Beach House Bartender

2 oz. of Tito’s infused with Thai basil and ginger
¾ oz. Domaine de Canton
Sugar and cayenne rim
Stir or shake and serve in martini glass

Garnish with basil, ginger and chili pepper on a sword or toothpick. Serve and enjoy!
Melissa’s Blooming Pomegranate Martini - Beach House Bartender

1 ½ oz. Pomegranate infused Tito’s Vodka
½ oz. St. Germain Elderflower
Splash of Pomegranate juice
Stir or shake and serve in martini glass
Garnish with three Pomegranate seeds and lemon twist.

Serve and enjoy!

Your vote is needed to help us decide who wins. All you have to do to vote is come in and order one or all of these! You are encouraged to Uber or take the free island trolley home!  

Tickets to the Set the Bar Competition on October 4th are $25 and benefit the Tour de Cure. To purchase tickets visit

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