Aspen bartender headed to competition in New York |

Aspen bartender headed to competition in New York

Michael Appelgate
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – Erin Harris, a bartender at Jimmy’s An American Restaurant and Bar in Aspen, is headed to the finals of a national women’s bartending competition after winning an online poll that finished Monday.

The 29-year-old Aspen resident will travel to New York City on May 10 to compete for the top prize in Speed Rack. The all-female margarita-making competition features the best bartenders across the country and raises money for breast cancer research. Harris gathered 2,360 votes in the two weeks of voting and finished 34 votes ahead of a bartender from San Francisco.

“It’s phenomenal to win,” Harris said. “Our community really stepped up, and I’m happy that this town came together to support one of their own.”

Along with being able to compete for an all-inclusive trip to France to attend the Cointreau Bartender Academie, Harris and Jimmy’s owner Jimmy Yeager also will present a check to Speed Rack for at least $5,000 for breast cancer research.

“I’m stoked about this,” Yeager said. “I’m very excited for her, and I’m glad that we’ve won.”

While $5,000 is the minimum donation, he said more donations could come in by May.

In the meantime, Harris will be preparing for the finals by preparing her cocktails as quickly as she can at Jimmy’s, and learning some new ones.

“I know they’ve come out with a new list,” Harris said. “But I enjoy learning new drinks, so it should be fun.”


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