Joe and I had the privilege of trying out amazing burgers from around the world at the Hard Rock Cafe in Atlantic City. But what really took my breath away was the true sense of sweetness behind our DESSERT!

After our delicious meal(s), The Hard Rock Cafe placed one of the most beautiful drinks that I've ever seen in front of our face.

Credit: Rachel Marie TSM
Credit: Rachel Marie TSM

It's called the Boardwalk Carnival HERO, named and made specifically to represent the Atlantic City Boardwalk! The sweet drink is a fun mix of Tropicana Pink Lemonade, Cotton Candy Syrup, Watermelon Puree, and Mango Puree. Topped Off with a Twisty Swirl Lillipop, Cotton Candy, a Gummy Shark (which got me way too excited) and a HERO bracelets to show support of the John R. Elliot HERO Campaign.

The HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers®, seeks to end drunk driving tragedies nationwide by promoting the use of safe and sober designated drivers.

In 2000 John Elliott, a Graduate of the Naval Academy, was struck and killed by a drunken driver on his way home for his mother’s birthday. The driver had been arrested on DUI charges earlier that day, and then was released only to get back in the car drunk, killing himself and John.

HEROOrigin of the name, was chosen to portray John's distinguished title as Human Education Resource Officer (HERO) at the Naval Academy. HERO’s are elected by their peers to counsel and mentor other members of their company. John was selected as the outstanding HERO in his graduating class.

So in support of this foundation, the Hard Rock Cafe of Atlantic City is competing against 30 bars and restaurants this summer in the Great HEROtini Challenge, to find the best non-alcoholic cocktail at the Jersey Shore!

The public (THATS YOU) will vote for their favorite drinks, bartenders, and establishments in the competition until Labor Day. $1.00 from each Boardwalk Carnival Hero sold will be donated to the non-profit Campaign.

If you would like to be a part of this campaign you can donate, or simply go enjoy a dinner and this sweet beverage with and even sweeter cause at the Hard Rock Cafe in Atlantic City!


  • Text BOARDS to 51555 to vote for Boardwalk Carnival as the best HERO mocktail
  • Test HARDROCK to 51555 to vote for Maggie as the best HERO Bartender

Finalists will be announced on September 14th at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club where celebrity judges will select the Best HEROtini Cocktail!

Credit: Rachel Marie TSM
Credit: Rachel Marie TSM

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