USBG Most Imaginative Bartender Cocktail Competition The United States Bartenders Guild’s (USBG) Most Imaginative Bartender Cocktail Competition presented by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin and GQ magazine celebrates the beauty of imagination and flavour in cocktail making. Our aim is to inspire the endless creativity that is at the heart of every great cocktail. Imagination and sublime flavour, has been infused into the story of BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin since its inception — from the careful sourcing of its ten exotic botanicals to its distillation process to the inspired blue bottle celebrate throughout the world. To enter as a Wildcard to the USBG’s Most Imaginative Bartender competition online, fill out all required fields in the form below, read the terms and conditions, and then submit your drink creation. Additional information including recipe exceptions, preparation standards, and judging criteria can be found on the Contest Information page. Deadline is August 7, 2015
Heaven Hill Bartender of the Year Competition The Search for Heaven Hill Brands, Liquor.com 2016 “Bartender of the Year” Begins NOW! Winner will receive $15,000 at finals in Puerto Rico in June 2016. Pre-register at any Heaven Hill event at Tales of the Cocktail or online at the link above.
2015 Patron Hacienda Educational Tour The USGB and Patron Tequila are offering a unique Tequila Education opportunity at Hacienda Patron – Atotonilco el Alto, Jalisco. Guests will experience how Tequila Patron is made, from agave fields to bottling, an in depth tour of every step of production presented by Francisco Alcaraz and the Master Distiller team, and a fully immersive hands on training, including classroom coursework and tequila tasting lessons. If you are interested in learning about Tequila, please complete this application for consideration.
Tullamore DEW Bar Stories Competition As bartenders, what sets you apart? Creating and mastering unexpected fusions from spirits, flavors and combinations? Certainly, but at Tullamore Dew, we believe a common trait amongst bartenders and the Irish is the talent to entertain with the telling of a good tale. The best stories take true character. Tullamore DEW Bar Stories is looking for 11 contestants with True Character who can tell a remarkable tale, a witty toast, or an entertaining bar story but can also make a delicious Tullamore DEW drink. Ten Bartenders will be selected from each Chapter to participate in the Live Chapter Event. Please make note of the Date of the Live Event in your chapter. From the Live Event, one will be selected to win the trip to the Tullamore D.E.W. distillery in Ireland, October 4 – 9, 2015!
Espolòn Cocktail Fight The Cocktail Fight is on! Participants compete in a LUCHADOR themed battle for best bartender. Each bartender will create one original cocktail using at least 1.5 oz of Espolon (Blanco or Reposado). Limit to 6 ingredients excluding garnishes. Must use a unique ingredient: this can be a syrup, juice, fruit, spice, etc. You will be judged on taste, presentation, and creativity. Winner will receive an Espolon Championship WWE Belt and a chance to compete in the National Championship.
Wild Turkey Behind the Barrel Program Wild Turkey, in partnership with The USBG, has developed the Behind the Barrel Program to provide bartenders an in-depth educational experience centered around the production and maturation of the iconic bourbon, Wild Turkey. To be chosen for this up-close-and-personal experience, led personally be distilling legends Jimmy and Eddie Russell at our distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY, one must demonstrate that, like Jimmy and Eddie, he or she too has an uncompromising spirit, behind the bar and in life. Where others take short-cuts, they are committed to doing things their own way, the right way. Deadline: July 31, 2015
Fourth Annual Merlet Sidecar Competition Join Merlet Spirits and bartenders from across the U.S. and Canada as they try their hand at creating the perfect Sidecar. This is the fourth year Merlet has tested the Sidecar skills of North American bartenders and it is time for a new Sidecar Cocktail champion to be crowned. Each bartender must submit a twist on the classic Sidecar recipe online, based on Merlet Brothers Blend Cognac and Merlet Trois Citrus. To show further creativity and skill a second drink recipe must be submitted with one of three Merlet liqueurs—cassis, raspberry or pear—combined with one of three preselected spirits—gin, rum or tequila. From these two drinks, six finalists will be selected and the contestants will compete in New York city for the Sidecar title. But, wait! There is an interesting twist. The day of the finals, in addition to the Sidecar, the second drink becomes a “surprise” cocktail to be announced. Contestants will pick one of the three Merlet Liqueurs and one of the three spirits out of a mystery box and they must improvise a drink. Each bartender will have six minutes to execute and present both drinks. So, what’s at stake in this competition? The winner of the contest will receive a fabulous trip to France to visit the Merlet distillery and Cognac region. They will watch the European finals of the Sidecar by Merlet competition and then head to Paris for two days. In Paris, they will have the opportunity to be a guest bartender in one of the city’s best cocktail bars. This will be an incredible learning experience and the trip of a lifetime! Deadline is August 23, 2015
Louis Royer “Show Me the Proof!” High Proof Cognac Cocktail Competition The competition is open to professional bartenders and mixologists age 21+. A total of 6 “Show Me the Proof!” finalists will be chosen to compete in New York City. The Grand Prize is an educational trip to France to learn the intricacies of Louis Royer Cognac’s production in Jarnac, experience its Cognac heritage dating back to 1853, meet its fifth generation Master Selector and Master Distiller as well as spend two nights in Paris to experience the City of Light’s sophisticated cocktail culture. Second and third place winners will each win a cash prize of $1,000. Deadline is August 31, 2015