The Last Slinger Standing competition at Bitter & Twisted in Phoenix

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The competition was fierce and the battles intense as bartenders from three states duked it out Monday night during the 2015 Last Slinger Standing event at Bitter & Twisted in downtown Phoenix.

This is how the Iron Chef-esque event worked: The teams from Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada each featured five bartenders. In the bracket style competition, two bartenders would battle at a time to develop drinks that highlighted the two secret ingredients with just six minutes to make three drinks. A panel of judges then tasted the drinks and announced a winner.

The packed crowd cheered on their bartending gladiators and, if they were lucky, got to taste each of the competitor's drinks as they circulated the room after the judges announced each round's winner.

Evie Carpenter