Inn Event

Craft Cocktail Competition

Join the Inn at Bay Harbor on Sunday, June 9 from 2-5pm for the inaugural Little Traverse Bay Craft Cocktail Competition, featuring High Five Spirits. The Inn will host 10 area bartenders and mixologists to compete in a judged competition for the best original cocktail using local distiller High Five Spirits’ Petoskey Stone Gin or Mackinac Island Rum. Enjoy unique craft cocktail tastings, appetizers, live music, and stunning views of Lake Michigan from the Inn’s Sagamore Room and terrace.

The competition will feature two awards: the Judge's Choice, judged by a panel of three professionals, and the People's Choice, voted on by attendees of the competition. Attendees can learn about each drink directly from the competitors as they enjoy samples from each table, and watch them craft their official cocktail one at a time to be judged on stage. Once attendees sample all the drinks, they will cast their vote for their favorite cocktail creation, and the winners will be announced at the end of the competition. The Grand Prize will be a $250 cash prize, plus an overnight stay at the Inn at Bay Harbor!

Tickets to attend this event are $25 per person, and include 10 cocktail tastings (.75 ounce pours), appetizers, a People's Choice vote, and the opportunity to sample High Five Spirits' liquors. Live music will be played by Pat Ryan, Sean Bielby, and Adam Engelman. Vintage Chophouse | Wine Bar will also create a Feature Cocktail to offer all weekend long in celebration of the competition. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Inn Café, High Five Spirits, or at the door the day of the event.  

Competitors:

Chris Newman | Inn at Bay Harbor
Amber Wilke | Palette Bistro
Jonas Sevin | Pour
Nick Wiggers | The Back Lot
Mike Dunlop | Café Sante
Dan Rutkowski | Willow
Alan Hegedus | The New York Restaurant
Ben Brown | Chandler's
Kaila Hinckley | City Park Grill

...stay tuned for the final competitors!