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Jul 26, 2012 >> MIX MASTERS! Pump Room is looking for the next rising bar star. Get it? Bar star.


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Fancy yourself a mixology queen (or king)?! Then Pump Room has just the thing: the luxe restaurant is giving amateur cocktail couturiers the chance to have their creation listed on the bar’s seasonal drink menu—oh, and did we mention win $1,000? And since G&F doesn’t say no to a glass of, well, anything, we’re all for a little friendly competition when it comes to mixing the perfect sip.

Sign up is simple: go to PublicHotels.com/CocktailContest and fill out an entry form with an image of your finished cocktail, uber-specific recipe notes, and a creative name (because isn’t that what makes a good cocktail a really good cocktail?). The only requirement: your drink must include at least one spirit of at least 40% alcohol—but no one is opposed to adding more. Of course, style has a place even in a cocktail glass. Though it isn’t required, the unspoken footnote is that presentation is everything; so go ahead and over-accessorize, garnishing your glass with tasty toppers.

Now, here are some of our favorite drink recipe videos just to get the creative juices flowing:

More of a taster than creator? When the contest closes on August 6, visit the site to vote on your favorites, keeping in mind originality, use of product, taste (although you’ll have to imagine until the big reveal), and presentation. The top three will be judged by an all-star panel: PUBLIC Hotel owner Ian Schrager, Pump Room chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Chicago foodie Ari Bendersky, and BarMagic principal Tobin Ellis.

Let the mixing begin!