Grace West Wins Mix It to Fix It 2014

The Mix It to Fix It Bartender Competition for 2014 was held yesterday at theloft with Grace West of Pocket Bar winning first prize with her cocktail “You Beu-Tea”.

Mix It to Fix It 2014
Grace West

Paige Aubort of The Lobo Plantation came in second followed by Stephanie Haile of Mojo Record Bar in third place.

Mix It to Fix It 2014
The Competitors

Twelve female bartenders competed in three separate rounds. Each competitor had her own pop up bar and created two cocktails for the judges. Sample cocktails were sold at $2 each with 20% of the money raised contributing to the overall score.

Mix It to Fix It 2014
L-R: Barbe Dolan, Natalie Ng, Loy Catada (Bacardi), Corinne Mossati, Ben Hallett (Bacardi)

The judges were Natalie Ng (last year’s winner), Corinne Mossati (Gourmantic and last year’s judge) and Barbe Dolan (Ambassador for National Breast Foundation and cancer survivor). The judges’ scores contributed to 80% of the total tally.

Mix It to Fix It 2014

The female bartender competition is a ticketed event run annually by Bacardi Lion and raises much-needed funds with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Photography © by Kevin Burke for Gourmantic – Copyright: All rights reserved.

About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.