Paloma Punchout, a new bartending competition coming to the Esplanade, located at 2501 E. Camelback Rd., will be held Oct. 22 from 8–11 p.m.
According to a press release, the event is put on by Mister Wallin’s Neighborhood, a global community of bartenders, mixologists, food and wine lovers, brand owners and industry professionals. The group is hosting this nationwide search of top bars to find the best Paloma Cocktail.
Ten bartenders from around the country, including Phoenix-based Arlene Magana from Platform 18 Bar, will be competing to earn the title of the best Paloma cocktail along with a $10,000 cash prize.
The cocktails will be scored by a weighted system of flavor, balance, appearance and inspiration. Each of the 10 bartenders participating won a similar competition in their home city to earn the chance to compete in Paloma Punchout.
The Paloma is the most popular tequila-based cocktail in Mexico. It is most commonly prepared by mixing tequila, lime juice and a grapefruit-flavored soda. Little is known about the historical origin of the Paloma. Unlike many classic cocktails, which predate prohibition, the Paloma didn’t arrive on the scene until after 1938 when grapefruit soda was first used in Phoenix.
“We’re thrilled to host this fun event and know it’s going to be a knockout,” Casey Wallin of Mister Wallin’s Neighborhood said in the release. “There’s serious money on the line for these bartenders who have created amazing versions of the Paloma. We look forward to the competition and having guest find their favorite one.”
Another Round Another Rally, a nonprofit financial and educational resource for the hospitality industry, will be a beneficiary of this event.
Sponsors of the event include Cuervo, Q Mixers, Lyre’s NA Spirit and Real Exotic Infusions.
Tickets for the event are $50. The entry fee gets you seven cocktails from all-star local pop-up bars including KHLA, Highball, Pigtails, Clever Koi, So Far So Good, The Brickyard and special visiting bar from Mexico City, Limantour which was voted the third Best Bar in North America.
For more information on Paloma Punchout visit www.palomapunchout.com. Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/paloma-punchout-tickets-417390615567.