It's Tuesday night in downtown Tampa when the best bartenders are off. So, OMG Trolley Company's, Mixology Trolley steps in to host the top bartenders in town. They'll ride along in the box and have the full attention of those who prefer craft cocktails over craft beer.
Ryan Fitzgerald of District Tavern, Danny Guess of Hotel Bar, Ryan Brown of Anise and Laura Moore of Edge are competing for a $100 cash prize.
Eric Wetherington owns OMG Trolley Company and started taking the fun wheels on tour in December of 2015.
"Mixology Trolley is a great opportunity to meet some of the finest bartenders in downtown Tampa and to stop in at their respective establishments without worrying about driving," said Wetherington.
Wetherington does liquor sales full-time….for Terlato Artisan Spirits. Tonight, he's promoting Artisan spirits including: Riazul Blue Agave Tequilla, Angostura Trinidad Rum and Bain's South African Cape Whisky, Langley’s English Gin.
The four competing bartenders will use these premium spirits to create a "Craft Cocktail”. Trolley riders will stop at each bar and sample the creative skills. At the end of the night they'll vote for the best cocktail.
Tonight's craft signature cocktails carry name's like "First-world personal problems" and "El Muro", which means the wall. Ryan Fitzgerald mixed "El Muro". He's a former high school biology teacher. As he speaks before the guests on the OMG Trolley he says "El Muro" is obviously a conversation starter for those following the news.
"Mixology Trolley is a chance for bartenders to promote themselves and their establishment and there's nothing like getting to know your bartender a little better," Wetherington said.
Mixology Trolley hapens once a month. A seat will cost you $30 and includes several cocktails and plenty of samples.
On this night, Laura Moore of Edge took home the prize money. And there was a three-way tie for everyone else, so everyone wins.
"What a cool concept, and a great way to get out and see what other bars are doing," Moore said.
The next big ride is set for March 28, 2017, when the OMG Trolley takes fans on a Wine and Brew tour.
For more information visit www.omgtrolley.com.
By James Doughty
Cocktail Craft recipes:
El Muro - Riazul Anejo Tequila
Cardamon w/ Nonino Amaro
House made apple cider
Sparkle motion –Langley’s Gin
Stop Trying to make “TIKI” Happen
Angostura 5yr Rum
Bison Grass Vodka
First World Problems
1.5 oz Bains
.25 oz Amaro Nonino
.25 Luxardo Maraschino Liquor
Barspoon simple syrup
3 dashes Peychaud bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
2 lemon peels (you will use one to stir into the cocktail, the other you will use to express over the finished Cocktail.)
Stir all ingredients together. Pour into a chilled rocks glass that has been sprayed with absinthe. Serve neat.
*Remember to garnish with second lemon peel.*
About the writer:
James Doughty worked in six Texas television newsrooms from 1998 to 2016, including KVII, KIII, KTRE, KSAN, KENS, and KWES.
Doughty is a 1997 graduate of Texas Tech University.
Doughty is author of a memoir, “Some Monument to Last.” The fourth-generation Texan carries the namesake of his third great-grandfather who was the first superintendent of the King Ranch and sheriff of Refugio County. Another ancestor, John Moses, came to Texas in 1847 and wrote a series of columns for the San Antonio Express-News from 1887 to 1890 under the pseudonym Sesom.