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Chicago’s mixology community will ascend 27 stories above it all on Tuesday, February 20, to compete in the 4th annual Winter Mix-Off at ROOF on the Wit. The friendly Winter Games themed competition invites the finest beverage minds in the city to create the best Fire and Ice themed cocktails and culminates in the city’s elite industry judges crowning the winners in four different categories.

Each competitor will be randomly assigned two liquors and will create their best “hot” and “cold” cocktail to be voted on by the evening’s spectators, who will be sampling all of the evening’s creations. Concoctions will feature Clement Rhum, Glenlivet Whiskey, Hennessy, Grey Goose and more. Other winning categories include Best Display and Best Overall Cocktail.

Famed Chicago DJ Kareem will be setting the mood, and for a $20 Presale Ticket attendees will receive a special welcome cocktail upon entry to the Games, a sampling of each of the competitor’s cocktails and passed appetizers from theWit Hotel’s Executive Chef Nathan Sears.


Going head to head this year for the gold:

Carley Gaskin, Hospitality 201

Eric Hausser, Sean Giordano and Ricky Alvarado, Fulton Market Kitchen

Scotty LoBianco, Broken Shaker

Donovon Mitchem, Moneygun

Erik Trousdale, Arbella

Katie Renshaw, GT Prime

Piers Smyth, Johnny Contraveos, Matt Pfister, ROOF on theWit


Masterfully judging the mixologists this year are an array of talented industry experts:

Philippe Andre, The Grand Cru

Taylor Hansen, Bacardi USA

Shaunna McCarthy, Drumbar and Casa Noble

Egor Polonsky, Southern Glazer’s Wiine and Spirits

Paul Sauter, Diageo Reserve


The remaining presale tickets are available here for purchase. Check out last year’s event here.


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