Tales of the Cocktail® 2014 Cocktail Competition For the 2014 Cocktail Competition, Tales of the Cocktail is getting back to its New Orleans roots by celebrating one of the city’s most renowned cocktails: The Hurricane. A legend of the French Quarter since the 1940s, the Hurricane has become a staple in bars around the world. Now we’re challenging bartenders to pay homage to this classic cocktail with their own creations. How you reinterpret this drink for 2014 is up to you. Deadline is April 25, 2014
LA Official Cocktail Contest Drink must be created and submitted by an LA county resident 21+ years of age. Principal spirits must be vodka, gin, rum, whiskey or brandy and comprise more than half of all alcohol in the cocktail. Secondary spirits can be any distilled spirit, liqueur or bitters and must comprise less than half of all alcohol in the cocktail. All principal spirits must be made in LA county (qualifying distilleries include: Greenbar Distillery ¦ greenbar.biz). Secondary spirits must be made in California (qualifying distilleries include members of the California Artisanal Distillers Guild ¦ cadsp.org). All fresh ingredients must be grown locally. Deadline is April 30, 2014
3rd Annual Speed Rack Competition (Various Locations) There’s gonna be a whole lotta shaking going on, thanks to the return of Speed Rack, the national all-female speed-bartending competition that raises money for breast cancer. The third national tour kicks off this December in New York City, followed by stops in Miami; Austin, TX; Seattle; San Francisco; San Diego, CA; Chicago, and Kansas City, MO, before returning to New York for the National Finals in May 2014. To date, Speed Rack has raised more than $150,000 for breast cancer charities and elevated awareness around the bad-ass-ness of female bartenders in America. Equal parts spectator sport, cocktail bonanza and charity fundraiser, Speed Rack is the brainchild of two o the cocktail world’s leading ladies, Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix, who launched the first tour in 2011. “Female bartenders are hardcore! They can make mean Negronis, Clover Clubs and Sazeracs – and they do it fast!,” says Marrero. “And we all stand united in the fight against breast cancer, so bringing these two worlds together makes perfect sense.” Contestants will compete in timed heats to make rounds of cocktails, culled from a list of 50 accepted industry-standard classic recipes, in front of a panel of judges and a crowd of excited viewers. Judges rate each drink based on prep time and accuracy. The judging panel includes such cocktail world luminaries as: Julie Reiner, Dale DeGroff and Audrey Saunders. Miss Speed Rack USA, crowned at the National Finals, wins an all-inclusive trip for two to France and a scholarship to the BAR (Beverage Alcohol Resource) program. Runs through May 8, 2014.
Disaronno Mixing Star Competition We think a great drink is a work of mixing art that requires a solid culture of mixology, a perfect knowledge of the ingredients, deep technical skills and a touch of creative genius. Disaronno rewards your creativity: create your original twist of the classic Disaronno Sour and win our amazing mixology training in Italy. Deadline is May 9, 2014.
Broker’s Bowler Cup Want to win a trip to Tales of the Cocktail? The Tasting Panel Magazine is hosting the Broker’s Bowler Cup, a national mixology competition sponsored by Broker’s Gin. Submit your application on the entry tab to become the Broker’s Bowler Cup champion mixologist. Four winners will be selected and their cocktails will be served in the Broker’s Gin Tasting Room at Tales of the Cocktail. Mixologist entry period: April 1, 2013 – May 20, 2013
Heering Sling Award Competition The Peter F. Heering Sling Award has already grown into one of the world’s greatest and largest cocktail competitions and starting April 22nd inspired bartenders will have the chance to star with Peter F. Heering on the brands continued journey back to being one of the world’s exciting, glamorous and top 10 prestige spirits brands. Entries accepted from April 22 – May 25, 2014.
Cocktail Competition with Vinum at Vessel (WA Bartenders Only) Let it be known and sung throughout the internets that Vinum Importing is holding a cocktail competition on the 1st Monday of every month at Vessel in downtown Seattle. Monthly listings can be found at Vinum Importing’s Cocktail Competition website. And we’ll begin on Jan 7th with the eponymous competition: Brown, Bitter & Stirred. Check the schedule for a new competition every month.
St-Germain Bartender Exchange Started during the formative years of the cocktail renaissance, the St-Germain Bartender Exchange has been facilitating the interchange of ideas amongst the world top bartenders since 2007. St-Germain arranges for two bartenders from cities around the world to swap bartending shifts over the course of the same three-to-five day period. Bartenders have the chance to learn the host bars menu and share tricks of the trade with fellow cocktail comrades while St-Germain picks up the tab on travel and ground expenses for participants. Past esteemed participants include Phil Ward of Death & Company and Mayahuel (NYC); Brian Miller of Death & Company; Thomas Waugh of Alembic (San Francisco); Kamil Foltan, Zetter Townhouse (London) and Joshua Fontaine of Experimental Cocktail Club and Candelaria (Paris). Bartenders interested in participating in the program can email firstname.lastname@example.org with the bar and city where they are currently employed and why they should be considered for the next exchange. Ongoing