The second of three marathon tasting weeks are upon us, and this week promises to be a big one. With return winners Chandlers and Pair, we're bound to have some interesting concoctions. But first up, at 7 p.m., is an old Boise bar, the Bouquet. And because it's one of the oldest wooden bars in Boise, we're excited to try the Bouquet's classic entry, The 11 Second Martini. Bartender Yvonne Vick will then mix up the Orange Bouquet original martini and then finish us off with the Ward 43 cocktail.
Next up at 8 p.m. is Chandlers with return winning bartenders Pat Carden and Nick Sparks. The return classic entry, the Vesper Reconsidered, will be followed by the 44 Magnum original martini. Chandlers' cocktail entry, the Absolutely Politically Incorrect Barack Opama has hints of a pomegranate-themed concoction using what we guess might be Pama, an Idaho-based pomegranate liqueur.
Finally, around 9 p.m.--if last week's judging round is any indication of how much time it takes to test--what is expected to be the best performance of the year will start as Pair produces and presents a selection of martinis. Of course, the Broadway show-style production is not factored in to the overall judging of the martinis, but it sure is fun. Pair's classic entry from the sexiest bartendress in Boise, Jen Kobel, is the Blue-by-You, followed by the original martini French Connection. Pair's cocktail, Limonare, has big potential, and being the final bar of the night, there is huge potential for Pair to be a major party scene even after the judging. It is one Thursday night you won't want to miss.
Purchase your tickets, which include a coupon for a martini at every participating bar and entrance into the gala on June 6 (location to be announced), for $50 at any participating bar (Angell's, Bonefish Grill, Red Feather Lounge, Pair, Tablerock Brewpub & Grill, Piper Pub & Grill, Chandlers Steakhouse, Bouquet and Bardenay) or by calling 208-761-5918. For those who already bought their tickets and noticed that Bonefish Grill's coupon was not included, you can use the front cover of the ticket book for your martini. New ticket books have the problem corrected. This year the judges ride around on the downtown trolley bus that runs all night during the competition, and you, too, can catch a ride between all the bars.: