Think you’re a master mixologist?

This summer, we’re inviting the area’s top drink mixers to compete in the About magazine Signature Drink Competition. The competition is open to the first 30 entrants.

This summer, we’re inviting the area’s top drink mixers to compete in the About magazine Signature Drink Competition. The competition is open to the first 30 entrants. Deadline for submissions is Aug. 8. Recipes will be judged, and finalists notified by Aug. 11 if they have been selected to move on to the final round.

The competition is open to both amateurs and professionals. One entry per person, and up to five per establishment.

It goes without saying that we’re looking for delicious drinks, but if your concoction requires an in-flight triple-axel shake and a pep talk from Browns Coach Romeo Crennel, you can forget it.

Our judges also will be factoring in ease of creation and creativity, so don’t think your soda water and whiskey is going to make the cut, either. Taste, appearance and aroma also are judging factors.

The winner will receive a prize package from About magazine, including, but not limited to, the About magazine Signature Drink Award, $200 cash prize and a feature in About magazine.

More importantly, however, the winner will enjoy the glory and publicity of creating the finest cocktail in Stark County.

THE JUDGES

Greg Goehring, restaurateur (91 Wood Fired Oven)
Todd Vaughan, winemaker (Maize Valley Winery & Market)
Jennifer Mastroianni, food writer (The Repository)
Jim Espisito, general manager (Benjamin’s Grille)
Kevin Kampman, publisher (The Repository)