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
Dining with the Duke Competition DUKE Kentucky Straight Bourbon, along with Tasting Panel magazine, are proud to announce the launch of “Dining with the Duke,” a challenge after the legendary actor’s love of food and drink. The nationwide challenge gives mixologists, foodies and fans alike a chance to showcase their own best John Wayne inspired DUKE Kentucky Straight Bourbon cocktail/recipe pairing in an upcoming Tasting Panel issue, the most widely circulated trade publication in the beverage industry. The challenge, which was born out of a team of experts creating a “Dining with the Duke” recipe booklet containing a series of recipes using DUKE Kentucky Straight Bourbon, is open for entry today and closes December 1. Entries can be submitted through email at duke@. Starting with the September issue of Tasting Panel, two submissions will be featured each month through December. The top six submissions will be sent to Las Vegas for a final showdown hosted by internationally renowned and celebrated mixologist Francesco Lafranconi at Southern Wine & Spirits mixology lab. During the final round, contestants will participate in a series of events including a mixology and pairing challenge as well as an outdoor challenge befitting the Duke, with the son of John Wayne, Ethan Wayne. The winner will be featured in a cover story for Tasting Panel’s April 2016 issue documenting their cocktail creations and experience. Deadline is December 1, 2015
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.
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.
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.