NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Speed Rack, a global competition created by and for female bartenders that raises money and awareness to fight breast cancer, will head to New Orleans for the next leg of their national tour this March.

Twenty-four bartenders from the New Orleans area will go head to head for the chance to advance and compete for the title of Miss Speed Rack USA 2020 at Republic NOLA on Monday, March 16, 2020. These top female bartenders will duke it out round-robin style, seeing who can shake the fastest and best cocktails for the panel of world-renowned judges.

Speed Rack Nationals 2020 – Season 9

Twenty-four established and emerging female bartenders from all over the New Orleans area were selected via online applications. On March 16, they will compete in a qualifying round that tests not only their speed, but also their aptitude making four cocktails featuring Speed Rack’s sponsor brands [noted below]. 

They will each make a round of cocktails selected at random, culled from a list of 50 spirit industry-standard recipes. The judges request their selected drink from each competitor and then evaluate it based on accuracy, taste, and presentation. The swiftest and most skilled women move forward to the next round until the final showdown, where the winner will be The USA Speed Rack Champion 2020.

A global bartending competition by women, for women

Speed Rack is the first global competition of its kind to highlight the bar industry’s leading women, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to breast cancer education, prevention, and research. The Speed Rack New Orleans 2020 competition will partner with a few non-profits committed to raising money and awareness for breast cancer research and care, who will receive proceeds from the event. 

Founded by USA industry veterans Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero in 2011, Speed Rack shines a spotlight on female mixologists thriving behind bars around the globe, while raising money for breast cancer research, education, and prevention. The idea was to create a cocktail competition for the ladies – one that celebrated women, was created by women and supported women, in and out of the spirits industry. During the eight years Speed Rack has been running around the globe, the event has raised over $1 million for breast cancer charities, and had over 1200 women compete for the title of their region’s Miss Speed Rack. To get an idea of the event and its energy, check out Speed Rack’s YouTube channel or watch the Season 6 finals in New York here.



One hundred percent of ticket purchases and proceeds from the event will go directly to charity partner Pink Agenda, a non-profit committed to motivating young professionals to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research and care, and Bright Pink, a non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Tickets will give the audience access to the competition, along with snacks and free-flow drinks and cocktails from sponsor brands. Tickets are available from $25 per person.


Notes to editors

Speed Rack New Orleans 2020

When: Monday, March 16 2020, 6:00pm 

Where: Republic NOLA, 828 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130



Platinum Sponsors 

-Altos Tequila

-Fords Gin

-Four Roses Bourbon

-Haku Vodka

-Knob Creek Rye

-Auchentoshan Single Malt Whisky


Gold Sponsors 

-Campari America, Aperol Spritz

-Fratelli Branca: Fernet Branca, Carpano Antica



-Luxardo and Luxardo Cherries 


Silver Sponsors 

-Cherry Heering (Peter F Heering)



-Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal

-Haus Alpenz




-Mr. Black 



-Singani 63




Local Sponsors 

-Bar Hill Honey 

-Hella Cocktail Co

-Liber and Co 

-Riedel Glassware 

-Twisted Alchemy Juice 

-Nylon Dog Hot Dog Stand  



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