This year's annual Set The Bar event, hosted by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, was a huge success. We gathered at Ed Smith Stadium for an incredible time. First, we want to express our gratitude to every person who took part and showed up at this year's event. Thank you to every single one of our member restaurants and their staff who participated! Thank you to the bartenders, the judges, our sponsors, and each person who made this day possible.
Set The Bar Cocktail Competition 2022 WINNERS
The community is encouraged to #DrinkLocal during the region’s most “spirited week” from October 23 – October 30, 2022. SMO Cocktail Week is designed to showcase the creative beverage talents behind our area’s independent restaurants.
During SMO Cocktail Week, participating Originals Member Restaurants throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties will feature special offerings, that may include featured cocktails from Set The Bar, limited-time discounts, food and cocktail pairings, mixology classes, unique tasting events, and more!
Let's celebrate our Suncoast’s vibrant and unique cocktail community and support our locally-owned, independent establishments!
Here are the incredible drinks made at Set The Bar that are now available this Cocktail Week!
Duval’s | under the GINfluence
Tarragon and ginger infused Big Storm Gin, Lillet Blanc, Bénédictine, citrus shrub, and fresh melon juice, handcrafted into a soda
Sandbar | Roselle Swell
Big Storm Gin, Gamble Creek Farms Roselle Syrup, muddled orange, rosemary, shaken & topped with ginger ale
Grove | The Peacock
Watermelon infused Big Storm Gin, butterfly pea powder simple syrup, Luxardo Cherry Liqueur, sour mix and club soda
Mar Vista | Mar Vista Mermaid
Jalapeno infused Big Storm Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, basil
Sage | Tropic Like it’s Hot
Guava Infused Big Storm Gin, kumquat liqueur, house-made blue passion fruit syrup, lemon, lime
Bijou Garden Café | Mississippi Dragon
Cathead Vodka, house-made dragon fruit syrup, pineapple, lime, dragonfruit ice
El Melvin | La Muetre de Frida
Mango infused Cathead Vodka, hibiscus infused agave nectar, Bittermen’s 'Elemakule Tiki Bitters, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, mango boba
Harry’s Continental Kitchen | Passiflora
Cathead Vodka infused with habanero and blood orange, key lime agave blend, passion fruit nectar, with a tajin rim
MADE Restaurant | Let’s Get Tropical
Cathead Vodka, cinnamon-lime oleo, tropical syrup, fresh lime, grated cinnamon
Cafe Gabbiano | Coconut Mai Pie
Papa’s Pilar Rum, Grand Marnier, orgeat, lime juice, topped with coconut cream
Jack Dusty | Papa’s Paradise
Grilled pineapple infused Papa’s Pilar Rum, coconut fat washed Aperol, house made pistachio orgeat, tropical elixir, with a tropical passion rim and garnished with dehydrated Aperol cloud
JPAN | Yagatarasu - “Crow God”
Oriental tobacco infused Papa’s Pilar Rum, Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur, honey-apricot-peppercorn syrup, Bittermens Mole Bitters.
Pier 22 | Key West Express
Vanilla infused Papa’s Pilar Rum, Coco Real, brown sugar simple syrup, RumChata Liqueur and lime juice. Served in a fresh coconut
Pop’s Sunset Grill | Autumn Dreams
Papa’s Pilar Rum, fresh lemon, apple cider, ginger ale, agave syrup
Brick’s Smoked Meats | Pumpkin Old Fashioned
Dark Door Spirit of the Oak Bourbon, Magdala Orange Liquor, maple syrup, pumpkin purée, dash of orange bitters
Clasico | Liquid Death
Dark Door Spirit of the Oak Bourbon, charcoal infused house-made espresso liquor, orange bitters, St. George Absinthe, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
Fins at Sharky’s | Passion Fashion
Vanilla infused Dark Door Spirit of the Oak Bourbon, passion fruit purée, simple syrup, passion fruit espuma, coffee powder
Mattison’s | Louisville Lassi
Dark Door Spirit of the Oak Bourbon, homemade chai-spice syrup, whole milk vanilla yogurt, with ground nutmeg and mint
Michael’s on East | After Dinner Fling
Orange and chocolate bitter infused Dark Door Spirit of the Oak Bourbon, Tia Marie Coffee Liquor, cinnamon simple syrup, topped with an espresso infused cold foam, with fresh cinnamon and cocoa powder
Euphemia Haye | Wassabirita
Wasabi infused Cuervo Tradicional Cristalino, agave, fresh lime, with a nori rim
Mi Pueblo | Como La Flor
Cuervo Tradicional Cristalino and té de Jamaica shaken with cilantro, fresh lime juice, and agave syrup, with a toasted salt rim
Miguel’s Restaurant | Sunrise in Paris
Pineapple infused Cuervo Tradicional Cristalino, lime juice, blueberry grenadine, French Orangina, Chambord floater.
Tsunami | Takes Two to Mango
Fresh wasabi and mango infused Cuervo Tradicional Cristalino, orange agave, lime juice
State Street Eating House | Pear’ Voyance
Cuervo Tradicional Cristalino, pear, lemon, mint cordial clarified
We may say it a lot, but it's true. The suncoast is more than just a place…it’s the people, businesses, cultures and flavors. It’s a community and collective of voices and ideas. Events like these where we can all come together, are what keep our mission alive! Each year gets better and better and we are already counting down the days until next year. Thank you for supporting your locally owned and operated restaurants!