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How to fight breast cancer with cocktails

Posted by Jen Hunter / April 3, 2013

Cold Tea Cocktail CompetitionA week after the Toronto final of the MadeWithLove cocktail competition (which drew angry accusations of bias and profiteering from the wonderful commenters on this fair website), popular Kensington bar Cold Tea, in conjunction with neighbouring delicatessen Thomas Lavers, hosted its own competition, with a somewhat more altruistic motive: to raise as much money as possible for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. All bartenders worked for free, and donated 100% of their tips to the charity.

Cold Tea Cocktail CompetitionMatt LaRochelle, the venue's co-owner, explained: 'almost everyone has someone close that has been affected by it (breast cancer). We thought if we could get a bunch of industry people together and throw a huge party, maybe it could make a little difference.' After raising over $3000, Matt plans to make the event an annual affair.

Cold Tea Cocktail CompetitionWith initial round pairings of famed Toronto mixologists, chefs (Top Chef Canada participants Dustin Gallagher and Steve Gonzalez faced off in the first round), and colleagues old and new (including bartenders from new Ossington hangout Oddseoul, and the ever-popular 416 Snack Bar), cocktails were presented to a judge's panel comprised of Robin Kaufman of Toronto Temperance Society, Cold Tea's own Sarah Parniak, and Dr. Andrew Toplack.

Cold Tea Cocktail CompetitionDuring the six rounds of fierce contest, Cold Tea got down to doing what it does best, hosting a packed house of party-goers, with Negronis being necked alongside tallboys of Labatt 50. A selection of DJs kept the party atmosphere up, until a winner was eventually declared: Matt Turenne, of Mr. Pong's, with the Alfred E. Newman.

Cold Tea Cocktail CompetitionAlfred E. Newman:
1.5oz Tromba Tequila
0.5oz Amaro Montenegro
1oz Lemon Juice
0.5oz Honey-Ginger Syrup


Round 1: 'MKT'
Bryan Lavers vs. Matt LaRochelle

Round 2: 'Top Chef Canada Participants'
Steve Gonzalez vs. Dustin Gallagher

Round 3: 'Brothers'
Matt Turenne vs. Rob Turenne

Round 4: '416 Snack Bar'
Adrian Ravinsky vs. Dave Stewart

Round 5: 'Odd Seoul'
Johnny Mac vs. Jess Houston

Round 6: 'The Veterans'
Megan Jones vs. Aja Sax

With so many of Toronto's cocktail industry coming together for one cause, and so many revellers coming out to enjoy a great night, let's hope that this represents the beginning of a trend.

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bobby / April 3, 2013 at 11:45 am
bob / April 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm
Cocktails and beards!
Jay / April 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm
Had an amazing evening at the Cocktail Bloodsport. The only let down was being told the entire night that the crowd would be able to try the drinks in the competition, only to be told that "Yea that's not happening anymore." Maybe it was because most of the bartenders where hammered before competition finished, maybe it was because of the amount of people in attendance. More then likely alittle of both. Anyway fun time, and I will most certainly be back. I just wont get my hopes up about trying anything more innovative then Labatt 50.
nardl blarn / April 3, 2013 at 01:23 pm
there is so much wrong about this.
Claire / April 3, 2013 at 01:54 pm
I think the guy in the 3rd picture (with the LA hat) is wearing a wig...
jeff g / April 3, 2013 at 09:39 pm
Headline is wrong wrong wrong
Guy / April 4, 2013 at 03:09 am
This is stupid
Phil / April 4, 2013 at 10:57 am
fighting breast cancer with alcohol is like fighting lung cancer with tobacco
Danny replying to a comment from Phil / April 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm
Pffff, you're a moron
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