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Bartenders across the country to compete for a spot in the Palm Springs Cocktail Challenge

PALM SPRINGS -- A series of bartender competitions will take place in LGBT bars across the country, including San Diego, starting today, to find contestants for the third annual Palm Springs Summer Splash Cocktail Challenge presented by Here Media and Stoli Vodka.

The first "Cocktail Challenge" will take place this evening at Industry Bar in New York City and similar events will be hosted in 13 other cities through May. At each venue, bartenders will compete and create their own signature Palm Springs-infused cocktail, which will be evaluated on taste, presentation and name.

The bartenders will also be judged on creativity and attire, as well as presentation and audience participation. Contestants will receive bonus points if “Palm” or “Springs” is in the name or recipe of the signature drink.

Palm Springs swag, including free hotel stays or a trip to the Cocktail Challenge finale in Palm Springs, will be handed out to customers who come to cheer on the bartenders at the various venues.

The winning bartender from each city will win a trip to Palm Springs to compete in the grand finale on May 31 in Palm Springs, which is the official kickoff of the Summer Splash program presented by Desert Gay Tourism Guild.

The San Diego competition will take place on May 12 at Urban Mo's and is open to any bartender in the city. Bartenders who wish to sign up for the competition at Mo's should contact Eddie Reynoso at eddie@urbanmos.com.

The full schedule of Cocktail Challenge competitions is:

Feb. 29 – New York
Industry Bar
(646) 476-2747

March 7 - Chicago
(773) 477-9189

March 8 – Seattle
The Lobby Bar
(206) 328-6703

March 11 - Vancouver
(604) 787-7130

March 18 – Portland
CC Slaughters
(503) 248-9135

March 30 – Houston
F Bar
(713) 522-3227

April 6 – Sacramento
(916) 448-8790

April 9– Dallas
Round Up Saloon
(214) 522-9611

April 16 – Ft. Lauderdale
Georgie’s Alibi
(954) 565-2526

April 26 – Las Vegas
Charlie’s Las Vegas
(702) 876-1844

April 28 - San Jose
(408) 947-1975

May 10 - San Francisco
Look Out
(415) 431-0306

May 12 - San Diego
Urban Mo’s
(619) 491-0400

For more information click HERE and follow “Martini Mike’s” blog to find out the inside scoop on the contestants, locations, sponsors as well as photos from the promotional nights.