Bottle slinging bartenders show off skills to help sick man

Posted at 10:45 PM, Dec 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 00:48:22-05

Highly skilled bartenders from all over the country were in Scottsdale on Wednesday to show off their skills and raise money for a good cause.

It's called a flair competition: The art of making cocktails, while slinging bottles, tossing cups, and performing other insane tricks to entertain thirsty customers.

It's serious business with serious competition.

Wednesday's event in Scottsdale benefited a flair bartender with a dire need. 

"To get me a new kidney, so I don't have to do dialysis anymore, and get back to a normal life basically," said Rico Miller.

Miller suffered from high blood pressure which led to double kidney failure.

He undergoes dialysis four days a week, three hours at a time. He said medical bills are piling up, so his friends decided to do something about it.

"It means the world to me, some of these guys, I've actually known since the very first day I moved to America," said Miller.

Miller said his flair skills began back in England.

Wednesday's flair competition gave each of the 11 flair bartenders four minutes to wow the judges.

Drops and spills count against the competitors. Miller said he hopes to compete for years to come, with help from his friends.