SummerMix mixes more than fun… Mixologist of the Year to be crowned!

On Monday, June 26th at Bar Anticipation in Belmar, NJ, the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association (NJRHA) will simultaneously honor industry employees and host the organization’s 2017 “Mixologist of the Year” competition. The mixologist winner will take home $1,000 in cash. All contestants will score a VIP pass to Bar A for the 2017 summer season.

Approximately 20 bartenders will compete by creating their own unique drink using Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, this year’s official liquor for the competition.  Judging the competition, are four of the industry’s finest: Johnathan Echavarria (last year’s winner), Stephen Fette, Warren Bobrow and Christopher James. Drinks will be scored based upon taste, novelty, appearance, garnishment, and cocktail name. Francis Schott , owner of Stage Left Steak in New Brunswick, NJ will MC the competition. Spectators of legal drinking age can also sample each cocktail and cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award!

Besides the mixology competition, SummerMix will include a delicious barbecue lunch buffet, drink specials, a DJ, volleyball, and yard games and activities, all in Bar A’s grotto beach and VIP cabana area. Restaurant owners and operators, as well as their staff are encouraged to come and celebrate the restaurant and hospitality industries.

Register in advance for $25 or pay $30 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free!

For more information about SummerMix, contact Ali Lubin at or (609) 599-3316.