The Sombra Mezcal Distillery in Oaxaca is hosting a search for bartenders who are passionate about sustainability, Sombra Mezcal, and creating unique and sustainable cocktails. The competition is hosted virtually (online) to minimize its carbon footprint. Three winners, will receive a 3-night, 2 day trip to Oaxaca including flights, hotel & meals.

thE finAlists

Sarah Baker, "The Pilot Episode" (The Limbo Lounge, KY)

Lance Bowman, "From The Shadows (De Las Sombras)" (Monnie Burke's, IL)

Chris Galicia, "El Momento Oportuno" (Las Ramblas Cocktail Lounge, TX)

Steviee Hughes, "Oaxacan Oasis" (Seventy7 Lounge, CA)

Gregory Kong, "Morning Glory" (Patent Pending, NY)

Adan Leal, "Ahí viene el Coco" (The Real Coconut, Mexico)

David Leon jr, "The Future Is Green" (Portsmith/Leviathan, IL)

Daniel Olivo, "Shadow Seed" (Cellar 335, NJ)

Breanne Rupp, "Apio Amargo" (The Ice Plant/Boat Drinks Bar/Mulberry Project, FL)

Sarah Stephens, "Spitfire" (Encore Saloon, HI)

Quinn Taylor, "Devil's Avocado" (Eldorado Taco, Canada)

Jennifer White, "Wake & Shake" (Esotico, Miami, FL)

thE prizE

3 Winners will receive a 3-night, 2 day trip to Oaxaca including flights, hotel & meals.

Hands on learning experience at Sombra’s eco -friendly Palenque including:

  • Experience groundbreaking green initiatives include using certified sustainable wood, rainwater and solar power.
  • Create adobe bricks made by the recycling of distillation mezcal by-products, these bricks are used to build local housing.
  • Enjoy culinary adventures at a global gastronomy destination renowned for its artisanal chocolate, cheese, chapulines (grasshoppers) and many varieties of mole sauce. (You don’t have to eat the grasshoppers…).
  • Experience the history at Monte Alban, the most important archaeological site of the Valley of Oaxaca that dates back to the 8th century B.C.E.


  • August 30, 2019 - 12 Finalists will be notified and the drinks will be posted on Sombra’s Instagram account.
  • August 30 – September 15 – On-line voting begins through Sombra’s Instagram channel. (Tell your friends and co-workers to vote!).
  • September 16 - 3 winners selected.