By Eric Heinz

Craftspeople of dubiously delicious libations are set to challenge one another in the annual San Clemente Mixology Competition at The Shwack Cantina, located at 1527 N. El Camino Real, from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, March 22.

Bartenders and mixologists compete for the best drink in town based on the judges’ choices and the people’s choices. The event is for people 21 and older.

Drink masters select their favorite “homemade” drink, which will be judged by a select group of local dignitaries, according to a press release from the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the event every year. This will be the 14th year in a row that the competition has taken place.

The annual Mixology Competition takes place Thursday, March 22 at The Shwack Cantina. Photo: File
The annual Mixology Competition takes place Thursday, March 22 at The Shwack Cantina. Photo: File

Last year’s competition took place at Pierside Bar + Grill, and had drinks with flowers frozen in ice cubes and other dazzling displays using fruit and blended alcohol.

“Unfortunately, due to limited space, the Chamber will only be selling approximately 50 tickets,” a press release from the Chamber of Commerce stated. “Chamber members are invited to attend and watch the bartenders as they mix their specialty drink and then present their beverage for judging. Ticket price for members is $25 per person. Prospective members’ tickets are $35.”

Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested attendees can call or come by the Chamber office, located at 1231 Puerta Del Sol, Suite 200. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

The results of the competition will be published in the March 29-April 4 edition of the San Clemente Times.

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