At Pepper Smash, competition is part of the beverage program. Each month, the Plano, Texas, restaurant hosts a “Monday Mixoff” where mixologists create a cocktail using mystery ingredients and celebrity judges pick a winner in front of a captivated audience.
For Josh Hicok, operations manager, the competitions are an extension of the Pepper Smash brand. “The idea of Pepper Smash is to make mixology fun for everyone,” he says. When approached about the idea for a competition, Hicok thought it would be a fun way to test his mixologists’ skills. “The original idea was to have mixologists compete with no time