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By Meredith Clinton Bell

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The Speed Rack finals — a national women’s bartending competition — will be shaking up New York City on Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m. Watch the best mixtresses in the biz pour, shake and stir their way through a round-robin tournament at Element Night Club in the East Village. Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 at the door) and include complimentary cocktails, tastings and raffles.

Even better, it’s for a good cause — 100% of ticket sales go toward breast cancer research. To date, they’ve raised over $150,000 in total.

But don’t expect these gals to take the meaning of “competition” lightly. For what’s sure to be a fast-paced evening of entertainment and cocktail making, it’s up to the ten finalists and six wild-card winners from across the country to compete for the ultimate prize — the Miss Speed Rack USA title (and a pretty sweet trip for two to France).

From a selection of 50 standard industry-accepted cocktail recipes, the bartendresses will concoct their poisons for a panel of judges (and the audience, of course). The ladies will be rated on prep time, accuracy, taste and presentation.

Visit for more information or buy tickets here.

Originally published May 2013

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