SACC 2014: Closing Ceremonies and a Contest Champion

All good things must come to an end, but that doesn’t mean a sad time should be had. As people rose from very late night parties to eat and revive our final day in San Antonio dawned. We made our way through sunny, but cool streets and strolled along the river before coming to the Aztec Theater. This Theater was breathtakingly decorated with faux stone idols sporting glowing eyes and grand chandeliers.


The movie “Hey Bartender” was screened and accompanied by a Sailor Jerry’s rum punch complete with sexy metal cups. The movie was inspiring and informative, but we were sad Tiki was largely ignored. Still the film’s major focus was on the lives of two bartenders. One struggling to reach the top of his profession, and another struggling to save his business. I won’t spoil it for you but the journey is just as fun as the finish. We were doubly blessed however with a surprise visit from some of the movie’s stars including Dushan Zaric himself. Taking questions from the crowd they spoke with passion about their experience and standards of service. “There is no book that will teach you to put others before yourself.” To him bartenders need a mentor and teacher to help them learn those things.  Armed with the experience from the film and Q&A session we then filed into the adjoining room for the big cocktail contest.

Jake in the blue poses with his friend and third prize winner Chris in black.

Jake in the blue poses with his friend and third prize winner Chris in black.

Sponsored by William Grant & Sons as well as Fee Brothers the contest was accompanied by samples and drinks for the spectators. Among the panel of local judges was Milk and Honey owner Sasha Petraske himself to survey the 24 competitors. Gin and tequila were the most popular spirits used by contestants, but scotch made a hefty appearance itself. Competition brought techniques from creating a hot cocktail with a coffee siphon to carbonating a cocktail and serving it with diced apple. The contest was tight, so tight infact a tiebreaker was held to determine the two thousand dollar winner. Finally Jake Corney held his hand high in victory before friend’s and mentors. Currently working at local restaurant Bohanan’s he based this off a favorite cocktail from earlier days gone by. We present it below for your enjoyment.


by Jake Corney                                                                                                                                     

1 oz Glenfiddich 15 year

1/2 oz 1:1 simple syrup

1/2 oz fresh lime juice

1/2 oz Campari

Shake with a spanked mint sprig and strain over an ice sphere in an old fashioned glass. Garnish rickey style with a lime speared to a cherry.


Finally a glass was raised at The Brooklynite to celebrate our time here and all our great experiences this week. As we bid aloha to San Antonio we already look forward to next year and invite all of you to join us. Until next time….

“You get hammered America” – JFL 


About JFL

Joey or JFL as he is known by friends is a culinary trained mixologist from the Heart of Dixie Birmingham, Alabama. From a weekly column in the St. Clair News Aegis to his own experiments online JFL never stops doing work on Tiki and Cocktails. When he's not studying all things spirit, wine, and beer he's pursuing his own odd interests such as cartoons, cheesy old horror movies, horror punk, hair metal, and hockey
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