Velveteen Rabbit Wins Annual “Boss of the Bars” Contest at The Mob Museum’s Repeal Day Extravaganza

­Velveteen Rabbit Wins Annual "Boss of the Bars" Contest at The Mob Museum’s Repeal Day Extravaganza
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces the winner of the third-annual Boss of the Bars cocktail contest. Velveteen Rabbit won the coveted Repeal Day Cup (Pictured: Velveteen Rabbit’s Andrew Schumaker hoists the Repeal Day Cup – Photo credit: Jerry Henkel for The Mob Museum).

Andrew Schumaker competed on behalf of the winning bar, preparing the “Here’s Looking at You Fizz” and “Tomoka Sour.” “Here’s Looking at You Fizz” included Bogart’s Gin, Green Cream, lemon juice, lime juice, simple syrup, green juice made with green apple, cucumber and spinach, orange blossom water and egg whites. “Tomoka Sour” included Cutty Sark Prohibition, dark rum, chamomile-honey, lemon juice, Allspice Dram and garnished with a chamomile ice cube.

Best Costume winner Rene Munoz poses with friends
Best Costume winner Rene Munoz poses with friends

Photo credit: Jerry Henkel for The Mob Museum.

Runner-up was Oscar’s Steakhouse, which entered history-inspired drinks: “Churchill Storm” and “Titanic en Surprise.” Oscar’s Steakhouse was represented by bartender Celeste Peterson. “Churchill Storm” included Bulleit rye, Cardamom bitters, grapefruit bitters, grapefruit citrus chili syrup, shaken and rolled over ice topped with ginger beer and garnished with a cedar-smoked sugar cane stick tipped with candied lime zest. “Titanic en Surprise” included Bombay Sapphire Gin, orgeat syrup, house-made orange sherbet mix, egg white, orange bitters and garnished with spearmint and orange zest candy glass.

The designated People’s Choice award went to Glutton, whose bartender Dean Howard prepared ““The Dewdropper”.
The designated People’s Choice award went to Glutton, whose bartender Dean Howard prepared ““The Dewdropper”

Photo credit: Jerry Henkel for The Mob Museum.

The designated People’s Choice award went to Glutton, whose bartender Dean Howard prepared ““The Dewdropper,” which included Bombay Sapphire Gin, Licor 43, fresh lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, cranberry extract, egg whites, candied orange peel and cocktail cranberries.

Nicole Munkdale and April Hebert, both from Las Vegas, tied for second place
Nicole Munkdale and April Hebert, both from Las Vegas, tied for second place

Photo credit: Jerry Henkel for The Mob Museum.

In addition to the Boss of the Bars contest, the Museum’s Repeal Day party featured a Prohibition-era-inspired costume contest. Rene Munoz of Las Vegas earned the Best Costume designation, while Nicole Munkdale and April Hebert, both from Las Vegas, tied for second place.

Judges for the Boss of the Bars contest included Joy Robertson, host and producer, FoodChannel.com; Xania Woodman, senior editor, dining, beverage and nightlife, Vegas Seven; Eric Gladstone, freelance blogger and food and beverage writer; and Scott Deitche, author of “Cocktail Noir: From Gangsters and Gin Joints to Gumshoes and Gimlets,” a lively look at the intertwining of alcohol and the underworld. Judges for the costume contest included Deirdre Clemente, assistant professor of history, associate director of the public history program, University of Nevada Las Vegas; Debrae Little, longtime costume designer for stars of opera and the stage; Jen Taler, operating partner, Stitch Factory; and Polly Weinstein, owner, The Jeweler’s Daughter.

Admission is $19.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. Museum hours are Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit www.TheMobMuseum.org. Connect on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/TheMobMuseum, on Twitter: @TheMobMuseum and subscribe to the Museum’s Mobcast here.