Back Bar USA, in partnership with MGM Resorts International and the United States Bartender’s Guild, hosted their fifth annual “For the Love of Cocktails” Grand event at Skyfall Lounge on the 64th floor of the Delano Las Vegas. Hundreds of attendees sampled new cocktail trends by more than 45 mixologists. The Grand Gala event donated $25,485.56 to the Helen David Relief Fund, a non-profit that helps bartenders who are affected by breast cancer. They also donated $2,500 to the Las Vegas’ United States Bartender Guild chapter.
Lead mixologists include Derick Baumgartner with Lago by Julian Serrano inside the Bellagio and Derek Crow with Libertine Social inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The highlight of the evening was Baumgartner’s featured drink “A Shot at the Knight” mixed with Bombay Sapphire Gin, Benedictine, ole saccharum and orange and lemon juice. Other mixologists include Sarah Delgado-Rith with Rosina inside the Venetian, Jair Bustillos with District One Kitchen & Bar, Cesar De La Rosa with Skyfall Lounge inside the Delano Las Vegas, Gary Schneck with Parlor Lounge at the Mirage Hotel and Casino and Garth Lutsko with Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar at the Park MGM Las Vegas.