Soda Stream Ultimate Mixologist Soda Stream is running a Facebook recipe contest through Aug. 3 to call in innovative cocktail blends using its machines or soda mixes, which range from traditional soda flavors to licensed Country Time, Crystal Light, Kool-Aid, Ocean Spray flavors and more. multiple entries are allowed, but each must have its own video. The winner will be named Soda Stream Ultimate Mixologist and will win a trip to the San Diego Spirits Festival on Aug. 23 and 24. Deadline is August 3, 2014.
Tullamore D.E.W. Parting Glass Competition At Tullamore D.E.W. we’re raising a Parting Glass to toast our new Distillery. As we celebrate our new chapter, we invite you to celebrate yours and win a trip for you and a friend to our exclusive VIP Opening Party this September. For a chance to win, simply share your own Parting Glass images or videos with us via our Facebook page, on Twitter or Instagram, adding #PartingGlassUS to your entry. Deadline is August 6, 2014.
Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey Master of the Toast Competition (USBG Members only) This September Tullamore D.E.W. will be returning distilling to its roots after more than 60 years with the opening of the new Tullamore Distillery. APPLY to be among the first to visit the new Tullamore Distillery. Four top bartenders from across the US, will be selected to converge on Tullamore, Ireland as global Tullamore D.E.W. advisors. Those selected will be working apprentices for a half-day at the Tullamore Distillery in Ireland where they’ll be among the first to see new make spirit flow off the new stills and gain an expert understanding of Tullamore D.E.W.’s triple distilled, triple blend Irish Whiskey. Those selected will also help to create a new Distillery inspired cocktail, in addition to joining Tullamore D.E.W. US Ambassador, Tim Herlihy for two action packed days in Ireland getting to know Irish True Culture and stopping off at some of Ireland’s finest watering holes. Craic, Shenanigans and Entertainment to be had – come prepared. Deadline is August 18, 2014.
Ultimate Ocean Vodka Cocktail Contest Ocean Vodka and the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa are patterning on “The Ultimate Ocean Cocktail Contest,” inviting vodka aficionados to submit recipes in both the State of Hawaii category and a national contest. Winners of each category will receive a stay at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa (airfare not included) They will also see their recipe on a menu for a year at one of Sheraton Maui’s restaurants. Deadline is August 29, 2014.
CHOPPED! Best Bloody Mary perfected by ABSOLUT® Contest ABSOLUT® Vodka and CHOPPED! are on the search for the country’s perfect Bloody Mary and the bartenders who create them. Finalists will be brought to NYC to shake, stir and pour the spiciest, most elaborate and delicious bloodies in the 50 states. Deadline is August 31, 2014.
Pink Your Drink Cocktail Competition 2014 Rhuby, the only craft rhubarb liqueur from Sweden, is preparing for this year’s annual Pink Your Drink, an all-female bartender competition raising money for the Pink Ribbon and promoting women’s role in the industry. Created in 2011 by Rhuby Liqueur’s founder and owner, Ylva Binder, the competition is now in its third year and bigger than ever. Being held in New York’s Dead Rabbit, London’s Callooh Callay and Magic Bar in Stockholm, it will run during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each contestant will make three drinks; a classic, an original creation, and their submitted signature Rhuby cocktail. This year’s judges include Gary Regan, Simon Ford, Ivy Mix, and Jolene Cadwell to mention but a few. The winner in each country wins a trip to Rhuby’s homeland – Sweden – to see how the liqueur is made. Rhuby, of course, maintains a close relationship with the finalists after the competition. Past finalists have not only taken up the role of hosting or judging Pink Your Drink, but also get the opportunity to work as brand ambassadors for Rhuby. Deadline is September 1, 2014.
5th annual Bärenjäger Bartender Competition Professional and amateur mixologists across the country are invited to submit their most innovative original cocktail creations incorporating Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur, Bärenjäger Honey & Bourbon, Bärenjäger Honey & Tea or Bärenjäger Honey & Pear for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to “BEARlin,” Germany and $1000. Esteemed industry tastemakers will score all submissions and select the top six cocktail recipes using one of Bärenjäger’s all natural liqueurs to move on to the final round where the bartenders will mix-off at Flatiron Hall in New York City on October 6, 2014. To sweeten the pot, all guests will “Bee the Judge” to determine an audience favorite, who will take home a check for $1,000. Deadline is September 12, 2014.
The Perfect Purée – Flavor Your Way Contest The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley will choose twenty (20) Semi-finalists from the Flavor Your Way cocktail challenge entries. The twenty (20) cocktails will be judged on creativity, name originality, and “people’s choice.” Social media pins and posts will help a semi-finalist make it to the finals. From the semifinalist cocktails, five (5) Final cocktails will be chosen. The Finalists will be invited to participate in a virtual judging to be held in California, where their cocktails will be mixed up and judged by industry experts. The five (5) Final cocktails will be judged on taste, creativity, ease of execution, aesthetics and, of course, the use of a Perfect Purée flavor. One winner will be selected to receive a cash prize of $5,000 and be featured on the microsite http://chilledmagazine.com/flavoryourway and in the Winter/January 2015 issue of Chilled Magazine. Deadline is September 14, 2014.
“Show Me the Proof!” High Proof Cognac Cocktail Competition The competition’s Grand Prize includes a one-week, educational trip to France to visit Louis Royer Cognac’s cellars in Jarnac, as well as two nights in Paris to enjoy the sophisticated city’s take on cocktail culture. Second and third place winners will each win a cash prize of $1,000. The final competition will take place in mid-November 2014 in New York City. Deadline is October 15, 2014.
Pama “Are You Indispensable?” Cocktail Competition PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, the original, all-natural pomegranate liqueur, announces the second annual “Are You Indispensable?” Cocktail Competition. The competition is open exclusively to professional bartenders and mixologists. Six finalists will compete in New York City for a Grand Prize of $5,000, a second place prize of $2,000 and a third place prize of $1,000. The competition will showcase the limitless versatility that PAMA brings to bartenders that makes it the indispensable modifier. Its ruby-red color, delicate sweet-tart flavor and silky texture turn ordinary cocktails into unforgettable ones and transform bartenders into bar stars. Deadline is December 30, 2014.
Auchentoshan Switch 2014 As an Auchentoshan Switch competitor you’ll be put through your paces, but not without reward. From the chance to meet our industry leading judges to the opportunity to challenge your creativity and technical ability to the max, the experience alone will truly take your mixology skills to a new level. Auchentoshan Switch 2014 will crown a winner in North America and a winner in Europe. These two world-leading mixologists will then switch continents and experience life in one of the world’s leading bars. Europe’s 2013 winner Aidan Bowie said “You get a really great holiday but also get to work in one of the best bars in the world: win-win!” and we couldn’t have put it better ourselves.