COBBLE HILL — It's a battle of the bartenders.
The Smith Street Classic is challenging some of Cobble Hill's best mixologists to craft a signature cocktail based on gin — and New Yorkers can vote to pick their favorite.
“The bartenders have to be really creative,” Ellis said.
While no other spirits can be added to the recipes, bartenders can mix sparking wine or homemade infusions into their drinks, Ellis said.
A $35 ticket allows drinkers to sample one cocktail from each of the four competing restaurants during this month and then vote for their favorite, either online or at one of the venues.
The winner will be announced in early November.
Ellis hopes the challenge will introduce diners to Smith Street restaurants and the cocktails they serve.
“You have people who really enjoy good food and a great cocktail,” he said.
This is Ellis’ second Brooklyn cocktail contest, following the DeKalb Classic, which challenged Fort Greene’s bartenders in a similar competition in April, DNAinfo New York reported.
In November, the winners of the Smith Street and DeKalb Avenue challenges will go head to head in another boozy competition, Ellis said.
He also hopes to bring the cocktail challenge to north Brooklyn, possibly focusing on Williamsburg's Bedford Avenue.
To buy tickets for the Smith Street Classic, visit this website.