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Absolut Vodka is holding casting calls around the country for the third season of its reality show "On the Rocks: The Search for America's Top Bartender," which will be shot on location in Las Vegas and will air this fall on select NBC stations across the country.
Previous seasons included traditional bartender challenges involving accuracy of free pouring, flair behind the bar, knowledge of classic cocktail recipes, speed, and how many tips you can collect. Not so typical competitive rounds have included trying to pair total strangers romantically while serving them two different cocktails and pairing a cocktail to a costume during a masquerade ball. The first two seasons also challenged participants to match cocktails with food that you might not normally have a cocktail with, like a big piece of beef, which would usually be paired with red wine. (That winning drink was a play off a Bloody Mary with pepper vodka and a black peppered rim.)
Out of 10 competitors in the first season, Las Vegas' smiling beauty Amanda Gager was declared the winner after she created a signature recipe for the debut of Absolut Mango. She then served as a judge for the season two and traveled around promoting Absolut, appearing on the Today Show and in various magazines.
Recipes and the trailer to "The Search for America's Top Bartender" after the jump ...