Four bartenders faced off in an Iron Mixologist competition at William Sonoma during the Charleston Wine + Food Festival.
Hosted by Charlotte Voisey of William Grant + Sons and judged by a bartender panel of Scott Baird (San Francisco's Trick Dog), Julia Momose (Chicago's Oriole), Penelope Bass (Imbibe magazine), and Ryan Casey (Charleston's Dewberry Hotel), the competition was a blistering 75 minutes of competition.
The competitors were Melissa Cone (Macintosh), Caroline Woodruff (Proof), Anna Lazaridis (Home Team BBQ), and Ariana Cohen (Prohibition).
They were given an ingredient and seven minutes to make a cocktail for the judges. First was a coffee soda called Arabica. The second round called for a tequila aperitif and the final mashed up earl grey tea with tiki style.
In the end, Caroline Woodruff of Proof won not only bragging rights but a trip to New Orleans this summer for Tales of the Cocktail, an industry event that brings bartenders, spirits companies, distillers and chefs for a weekend of seminars and parties.