This past Sunday, the sixth national Speed Rack tour made its fifth stop in Atlanta. In the beautiful downtown venue, Southern Exchange, several amazing ladies, made cocktails as fast as they could to take in the name of charity. Jenny Feldt, bartender at Le Diplomate in Washington, DC took the title in the final heat and will advance to the national finals again in New York on May 21, 2017.
Judges rated each drink based on prep time and accuracy. The judging panel included: Colin Appiah (senior portfolio ambassador, Bacardi), Tiffanie Barriere Tiffanie Barriere (brand ambassador and top Atlanta mixologist, Tequila Avión), Misty Kalkofen (“madrina” and mezcal maven, Del Maguey), and Robin Nance (Auchentoshan Scotch’s national brand ambassador). Pernod Ricard USA’s senior manager of brand ambassadors and brand advocacy, Jamie Gordon, and Pernod Ricard USA’s manager of brand advocacy, Josh Pearson, emceed the proceedings.
To date, Speed Rack has raised more than $500,000 for breast cancer charities in the U.S. and abroad.