Lustau Solera STAND OUT Bartending Competition Show off your mixology skills and reveal your creativity. Create a supreme cocktail using Lustau Solera Brandies that will Stand Out and impress the judges! The top four (4) bartenders whose cocktails Stand Out to the Lustau panel of judges will win a trip to Spain to visit Lustau. Of the top four cocktails created by the finalists, one (1) will be chosen by the Lustau family to win the grand prize of $1,000. Competition is open to professional mixologists in the United States only, and must be 25 years or older. Deadline is July 31, 2016.
Behind The Barrel: An Unforgettable Experience with a Legendary Bourbon The USBG, in partnership with Wild Turkey, 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 by distilling legends Jimmy and Eddie Russell at the Wild Turkey 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. Program Application Deadline: 11:59 pm Pacific on Friday, August 12th
Fifth Annual Merlet Sidecar Competition Join Merlet and professional bartenders from across the U.S. as they try their hand at creating the perfect Sidecar cocktail. This is the fifth year Merlet has tested the mixing skills of North American and it is time for a new Sidecar Cocktail champion to be crowned. This year 4 regional qualifications will take place in San Francisco (July 12th), Atlanta (July 18th), Chicago and Jersey City (September 6th and 11th). The Finals will take place in New York City (September 18th). Each bartender must submit a twist on the classic Sidecar recipe online, based on Merlet Brothers Blend Cognac and Merlet Trois Citrus. To further showcase each bartender’s skills, a second drink recipe must be submitted using any of the Merlet Liqueurs. From these two drinks, bartenders will be selected and present them during the qualification rounds. The best of each round will move on to compete in New York City for the Sidecar title. Things will heat up in the final round! On the day of the finals a third drink will be added into the mix. In addition to the Sidecar and the bartender’s new creation, participants will be asked to make a classic cognac cocktail that will be drawn randomly. Each bartender will have 10 minutes to execute and present all three drinks. Deadline is August 23, 2016 for Midwest and East Qualifications.