Old school tunes like Rob Bass and DJ E-Z Rock’s Joy and Pain were playing. The crowd was cheering while sipping almost ten different punches and nibbling on food from Toro, Coppa, Myers+Chang, Citizen Public House, Trina’s Starlite Lounge and Eastern Standard.  Sounds like a fun event, right? And I didn’t even mention that there were eight of Boston’s fabulous female bartenders shaking and stirring up a storm.

This was the scene last Monday as a whole bunch of us cocktail enthusiasts and industry folk came together to cheer on Boston’s best female bartenders and to raise money for breast cancer research.  Speed Rack, founded by LUPEC New York’s Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero, is a speed-bartending competition with an eye toward precise cocktails.  Each round four judges choose a cocktail for a pair of competitors to make.  Time is only one factor.  Upon tasting the drinks, a judge can add or subtract to a bartender’s time based on their judgement of the  quality and accuracy of the cocktail.  So, these ladies need speed and precision.

Round after round the competition thinned from eight to two.   It finally came down to Kelly Unda (Harvest) and Sabrina Kershaw (Citizen/Noir).  It was close, but in the end Sabrina was victorious.   She’ll have a chance to compete against winners of other city’s events (look out Portland, LA, DC, Vegas, San Francisco, Houston, Denver and Chicago) for the title Miss Speed Rack.

Thanks to the ladies of LUPEC Boston and LUPEC NY for creating a great event to raise money for a very good cause that has touched the lives of way too many of us.  To making strides towards a cure– Cheers!

And the winner is...Sabrina Kershaw with MC Chris Patino (Photo courtesy of Chris Snyder)

A few of the barbacks sporting the ladies racer-back tanks. I couldn't resist sharing this. Love it. (Photo courtesy of Chris Snyder)