The Charlottesville bartending scene has taken off in recent years, with no shortage of accolades awarded to our local craft mixologists. This spring Tom Tom will host the first ever Craft Cocktail Competition, which seeks to highlight creativity and local ingredients while providing the opportunity to be crowned the best mixologist in Charlottesville. Nominated mixologists will create their own version of a “Tom Tom” cocktail to be served during the Tom Tom spring festival, from April 11-17. Cocktails can include any ingredients of the mixologist’s choosing, but must feature at least one locally sourced ingredient.
A panel of five judges will score each drink during the week. These scores, along with a popular vote accessible to the public through scorecards distributed at participating bars and online, will determine Charlottesville’s favorite “Tom Tom” cocktail and its creator. The winning mixologist and cocktail will be announced on Sunday, April 17th.
We had received 173 public voters for a total of over 700 points awarded to these bars.
Top Three Judges Votes: Tavola, Alley Light, and Lost Saint
Top Three Public Votes: Tavola, Tempo, and Lost Saint (with Red Pump Kitchen close behind)
Congratulations to all bars for the participation and success of this event, and Christian Johnston for being Tom Tom Founders Festival’s 1st Best Mixologist!
Craft Cocktail Competition 2016