rm40logoThe City of Rancho Mirage is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2013. A variety of events are being planned for the year, but none as fun as the kick-off event – a challenge to all Rancho Mirage bartenders to create THE Rancho Mirage 40th Anniversary Commemorative Cocktail. We hope you will participate.

The competition will kick off on March 1st and conclude with a celebrity judging event at The River on Saturday April 13, 2013. The winning bartender will receive $850! ln addition ten, $100 prizes will be awarded to the bartenders that move to the second round of judging, and five $250 prizes will be awarded to the semifinalists.

The Rancho Mirage Cocktail Competition will be significantly promoted on KEZN-103.1FM, KDES-98.5FM, KWXY-1340AM and KJJZ-102.3FM as part of our annual Dine Rancho Mirage campaign.

Listen the radio ads.

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Voting starts March 1, 2013. To vote for your favorite Bartender and drink, click on the bartender’s name below to visit their challenge page, learn more about the bartender, the drink they have entered into the contest and the restaurant where they work. This contest is growing as the the talk of the town!


Here are the participants:

Bartender                     Establishment Name

Cory Como                   Catalan

Robert Brown              Hilton Garden Inn

Adrian Franco             Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse

Blake Nightingale        Old Spaghetti Factory

Dominic Scoles           Pinzimini at The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa

Enrique Orozco          Thai Smile of Rancho Mirage

Ambrose Lopez           bluEmber at Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa

Tony Plata                   The Crab Pot Restaurant & Bar

Andrea Aquirre & Natasha Allen            Applebee’s

Marriette Simoni          Johnny Rockets

William Granch           Wally’s Desert Turtle

Patrick Rosenthal        Acqua Pazza

Alfredo-Gandara         Agua Caliente

Ryan Ankeny                Agua Caliente

Victor Serrato              Agua Caliente

Efren Gonzalez           Las Casuelas Nuevas

Argenis Sejoviano        Burgers & Beer

Johnny Dawson              Shame on the Moon