Bourbon cocktail competition raises funds for cancer research

Bourbon cocktail competition raises funds for cancer research
Six of the city's most creative bartenders competed in a city-wide bourbon cocktail competition at Hard Rock Café in Seattle.

SEATTLE - Six of the city's most creative bartenders competed in a city-wide bourbon cocktail competition at Hard Rock Cafe, all for a good cause, of course.

Seattle Met Magazine teamed up with the Innovators Network at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to host the event. Live music, nomtastic hors d'oeuvres, and libations were served.

The event, "Stirred, Not Shaken," raised awareness and donations to support innovative technology used to both end, and help treat cancer.

Guests were given a score card upon arrival and encouraged to visit each drink station, rating each drink as the evening wore on.

Votes were tallied and the winner of the event was Michael Cadden of The Tin Table, with his drink "Spring Basil Julep." The drink was carefully crafted by Kevin Phillips, Michael Cadden, and the rest of the team at The Tin Table.

The bourbon was second, almost, to the theatrics by local burlesque star Shanghai Pearl. Pearl awed guests with nothing but a Vegas-style feather fan and bedazzled pasties.

Following the burlesque act was Duo Rendz-vous who left guests on the edge of their seats. The team began with a graceful dance that lead to flips and other aerial tricks.

Have you ever heard of "lipsology?" Local lip expert Jilly Eddy enlightened participants using their lip print to determine personality characteristics and energy levels. Word on the street is the readings were "scarily accurate."

It wouldn't be a must-attend event without a photo booth, and as such, bourbon-filled groups crowded around a white backdrop, donning fake lips and mustaches.

Basil Hayden's Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey was behind the event, providing spirits for the competition.

Basil Hayden set up a table with various bourbons for enthusiasts to taste test. This table was the most crowded at the event, as their rep actively engaged guests with general bourbon education and fun facts.

Participating bars included: Rob Roy, Brave Horse Tavern, Spur Gastropub, Cicchetti Kitchen and Bar, and The Tin Table.