Mixing with the mermaids: 2017 Mer-tini Shakedown

Showdown bartender Violet Shrock pours Dripping Springs Artisan Gin into a glass as she constructs glasses of the "Glass-Bottom Boat" during the second annual Mer-tini Shakedown competition hosted by SMTX Mermaid Society, which pitted 16 local bars and restaurants against one another to produce the best mermaid-themed drink in San Marcos Saturday night. 

The Porch's "Ralph and the Sweet '69," which used Dripping Springs Vodka infused with vanilla, Frangelico, lemon juice and mermaid dust finished with a bacon garnish, was chosen by judges as one of the semi-finalists to advance to the final judgement at the Mermaid Society Art Ball.  

Kiva bartender and last year's Mer-tini Shakedown winner Robert Land allows his cocktail, the "Spring Lake Seducer," to pass through a strainer as he prepares his competition entry for judges and event goers at Kiva Lounge & Bar.

Bartender Sage Richardson pours a shot of Malibu Rum into a cocktail shaker as she constructs Taproom Pub & Grub's "Coppertone Mermaid Martini" drink for the gathered group of judges to taste.  The two semifinalists that will compete at the Mermaid Art Ball on Friday are Cody's Bistro and The Porch.

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