16 Bars, 16 Mer-tini’s, 2 Semifinalists, 1 Winner. SMTX Mer-tini Shakedown is a friendly competition among local mixologists to create the BEST San Marcos Mer-tini cocktail using Dripping Springs Vodka! Up to 16 cocktail masters will represent some of San Marcos’ most popular restaurants and bars and compete for bragging rights, a handcrafted trophy created by a local artist, AND a $250.00 cash prize. Ticket holders will enjoy drink and food specials offered by participating businesses and join in on cheering for their favorite mixologist. Second Place and People’s Choice winners will also be recognized. Two teams of judges will travel from site to site and sip on tasty concoctions to determine who will go to the finals. The two semifinalists will then go on to the Shakedown Finals to be held on the rooftop during the Mer-tini VIP reception at theMermaid Society “Art” Ball on Friday, September 15th. Shuttles will be available to offer pick up and drop off service to ticket holders at designated stops.