A view of the lobby at The Aztec Theatre during the SACC Original Cocktail Competition and closing party in January 2015. Photo by Scott Ball.

What’s a cocktail without a story?  Apparently not a lot. The San Antonio Cocktail Conference finished it’s event-packed weekend at the Aztec Theatre and lounge downtown with plenty of stories for attendees to tell – and drink.

The finale cocktail contest was judged on creativity, presentation, story, aroma, and – of course – taste.  As an onlooker, I could feel the tension emanating from the contestants, similar to the show “Choppped” but with handcrafted and selected cocktails instead of fine food.

All eight contestants brought something different to the table – some of these creative cocktails were served in prayer candle glasses, other in tin cans.  With a time limit of seven minutes to make three cocktails, every contestant was able to finish all three before the clock expired.  The five judges from all over Texas included our very own John Ross of Lüke San Antonio.

First place, which came with a $2,000 prize, went to Daniel Guillen and second place to JR Mocanu who received $1,000. After the competition, the closing party began and the dance floor filled quickly. Attendees danced the night – and the conference – away late into the evening.

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Scott Ball

Scott Ball

Scott Ball is San Antonio Report's photo editor and grew up in San Antonio.