Bonefish Grill Announces Search for the Best Cocktail Featuring a New Spirit

Big-City Bar to Hold 'Cocktail Auditions' at Upcoming 2010 Tales of the Cocktail Festival

Jun 30, 2010, 12:16 ET from Bonefish Grill

TAMPA, Fla., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Bonefish Grill, the award-winning, polished casual restaurant specializing in market-fresh fish, wood-grilled specialties and a big-city bar, is searching for the "Best Cocktail Featuring a New Spirit."  In its constant pursuit to keep its bar at the cutting edge of the industry, Bonefish Grill is asking spirit entrepreneurs and brands to present their new offerings in its search for the "Best Cocktail Featuring a New Spirit."  The winning cocktail will be featured on the bar menu at select Bonefish Grill locations, with potential for inclusion in all restaurants.  A chance like this for a new spirit does not come along often – and for one lucky spirit, it could mean breaking away from the pack.  

"The big-city bar at Bonefish Grill features handcrafted cocktails using innovative, seasonal ingredients, locally-sourced craft beers and an eclectic wine list," said Leigh Merritt, Director of Bar Innovation, Bonefish Grill.  "We are now searching to find another one-of-a-kind recipe to add to our menu as part of our ongoing pursuit to shake things up and offer guests an exciting experience in their hometowns."

Participating spirits are invited to enter for a chance to present their most innovative cocktail, which must feature a spirit that is new to the market since July 2009.  Bonefish Grill will review all submissions and contact accepted participants with additional event and scheduling information.  Accepted participants will have one audition on July 24 at the 2010 Tales of the Cocktail event, the internationally acclaimed festival of cocktails, cuisine and culture.  Participants will create and pitch their cocktail to a panel of judges, including Merritt and Dale DeGroff, renowned mixologist and author of The Essential Cocktail.  

"New cocktails are created every day, but few stand the test of time," said DeGroff.  "I am so pleased to be working with Bonefish Grill in their search for the 'Best Cocktail Featuring a New Spirit' because it gives new cocktails and spirits the chance to break through and shine."

For more information on "Bonefish Grill's Search for the Best Cocktail Featuring a New Spirit," including event details and entry form, visit, and for live updates from the festival, follow Bonefish Grill on Twitter at @BonefishGrill.

About Bonefish Grill

As the "Fresh Fish Experts," Bonefish Grill specializes in market-fresh fish and other wood-grilled specialties.  Knowledgeable and attentive Bonefish Grill Anglers (our service staff) provide the best in what we like to call "chef's coat service."  Our Anglers pride themselves on guiding our guests' journey through our innovative, seasonal menu and specials, which feature only the highest-quality, freshest ingredients, including traditional and unique varieties of fish and seafood as well as numerous non-seafood items.  We combine this with a big city bar that offers bar fresh cocktails and an affordable, interesting wine list.

Recently named "Best Seafood Restaurant in the Nation" by a leading consumer product guide, Bonefish Grill has locations across the country and prides itself on the local feel of each restaurant.  For more information on Bonefish Grill, visit, or follow us on Twitter via @bonefishgrill.

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