Wine & Spirits: Speed Rack D.C.

by Editorial

Top female bartenders to compete in a battle of speed and precision.

By Kinne Chapin

Previous contestant in Speed Rack all female bartending competition coming to DC.

How fast can your bartender make a long island iced tea? What about a martini? A cosmopolitan? These are the challenges that face competitors in Speed Rack D.C., a contest that will test the speed and accuracy of the metro area’s best female bartenders. Coming off the success of Speed Rack competitions in Boston, Portland, and Los Angeles, the D.

C. contest will be Speed Rack‘s 2011 finale.

At Jack Rose Dining Saloon, competitors will battle by making a specific cocktail according to industry standards, which judges will compare on the grounds of speed and accuracy. The rounds will continue until the last woman standing can take home the title of Miss Speed Rack D.C. But the event isn’t only about seeing which local bartender will prevail.

Speed Rack is organized by LUPEC, Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails, whose mission is to support female bartenders and the lost art of the cocktail. Speed Rack hopes to celebrate the talents of all female bartenders, as well as recognizing the best of the best. But Speed Rack doesn’t stop there – the profits from ticket sales will benefit Breast Cancer Awareness. Previous Speed Rack competitions have raised thousands of dollars for charity, and the organization hopes its D.C. contest will be no different.

Intrigued? Prepare yourself for a duel to the death fought with margaritas and sidecars. For more information visit To purchase tickets, click here.

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