THE COMPLETE LIST OF COCKTAIL COMPETITIONS

… OR AT LEAST, EVERYTHING WE COULD FIND!

Winning cocktail competitions is one of the fastest ways to become well known as a skilled bartender / mixologist. It can open the door to tons of career and consulting opportunities – from private consulting gigs to jobs as prestigious as brand ambassadorships.

We’ve put together a directory of upcoming cocktail competitions as well as a guide to help you win them – so you can take your career to the next level and win great prizes!

The List

We’ve done our best to keep up with the biggest competitions in the industry and provide information below, but this list is only as good as our research! If you find a competition we’re not aware of, definitely let us know so we can add it to the list!

Deadline: May 31, 2022

Cognac De Luze Cocktail Contest

Who’s hosting it: Cognac De Luze
URL: https://cocktailcompetition.cognacdeluze.com/

Attention to all bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts! We have a very fun and special cocktail competition, courtesy of Cognac De Luze. They are looking for their next signature cocktail, one that will make justice to the finesse and richness of their amazing cognac. Finalists will have the opportunity to travel to De Luze’s live competition in Cognac, France for the chance to win EUR 2,000 in prize money, among many other cool prizes! This contest is open to bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts in the main countries where Cognac De Luze is distributed: Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, United Kingdom, and the USA.

How to enter:

  1. Register directly on the competition website at https://cocktailcompetition.cognacdeluze.com/form/
  2. Send a horizontal selfie video of 60 seconds or less introducing yourself and answering the following questions: What is your favorite cognac cocktail, or your favorite cocktail that could be made using cognac as the main ingredient? Who are you, and why are you interested in mixology? You can send your video by email or via the webform.
  3. Follow @deluze-cognac on Instagram.

After initial video submissions are reviewed, quarter-finalists will be announced in June, and they will receive a 35 cl bottle of Cognac De Luze that they’ll use for the real challenge: create a cocktail recipe that showcases the flavors of the cognac using ONLY three other ingredients.

You must enter (via email and an Instagram post tagging Cognac De Luze) a 60 second video recreating your recipe and talking about the story behind it. All recipes will be judged on creativity, taste, and presentation, and 5 finalists will be selected to compete in the final competition, which will take place in Cognac, France on October 13th, 2022. They will also get to experience a tour of De Luze’s distillery and aging cellars, as well as a tasting session with their master blender, Rémi Boinaud!

Prizes:

The overall winner will receive EUR 2,000 as well as prizes to the value of EUR 200! The four other finalists will each receive EUR 200.

If you love cocktails as much as we do, this sounds like a great challenge! So get your tools ready and go to the following link to enter! Cheers!

Deadline: May 31, 2022

Novo Fogo’s Bar Strength Challenge

Who’s hosting it: Novo Fogo
URL: https://chilledmagazine.com/novo-fogo-bar-strength-challenge/

Attention to all bartenders! We ALL should be more environmentally conscious, and consuming products from sustainable brands is a great way to start! 

Carbon-negative company Novo Fogo knows this very well, which is why they pride themselves in creating organic Cachaças, made from sugarcane in a zero-waste distillery in the small town of Morretes, Brazil. Their advocacy for sustainable practices in the spirits industry is truly remarkable!

Now, Novo Fogo presents us with a new cocktail competition, as well as a very cool prize for not one, but TWO grand winners of their Bar Strength Challenge, following the release of their new Bar Strength Silver CachaçaThis contest is made for professional bartenders. 

How to enter:

  1. The challenge is to create an original cocktail that uses Novo Fogo’s Bar Strength Silver Cachaça as its main ingredient. The cocktail MUST be inspired by the theme of environmentally-friendly drinks. You can register here

  2. 10 finalists and 3 alternates will be chosen, and they will be asked to submit a video no longer than 5 minutes preparing and describing their cocktail.

A panel of judges will evaluate the video submissions and recreate the recipes for in-person tasting. The entries will be judged based on appearance, taste, creativity, and environmental sustainability.

Prize:

TWO grand prize winners will win an all-expenses paid trip to visit Novo Fogo’s distillery in Morretes, Brazil. They will also get to enjoy delicious food and drinks, immerse themselves in the wonders of the Atlantic Rainforest, and experience a wide array of places, from the bars and museums of Curitiba to the historic coastal towns near the beach.

The next THREE winners will win $500, and the next FIVE will win $250. All finalists get a prize!

You can visit the following link to check out the complete guidelines. Cheers and good luck!

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Past Competitions

Missed it? Here are some competitions whose deadlines have passed – we’ll keep an eye out to see if they come back next year!

Swizzle Sisters Podcast’s Cocktail Contest

Who’s hosting it: Swizzle Sisters Podcast
URL: https://www.facebook.com/swizzlesisters/photos/a.110083044475714/365680325582650/

Hey there, cocktail lovers! We know that your cocktail creations deserve to be showcased, and what better way to do it than a cool podcast hosted by two awesome cocktail nerds?

Craft Cocktail Club member Rebecca Carriere has shared with us that she, along with her co-host Jennifer, are looking for some great cocktail recipes to try on their podcast Swizzle Sisters! Want yours to be featured? Keep reading!

How to enter:

Send your own original cocktail recipe via email to swizzlesisterspodcast@gmail.com.

Prize:

Three recipes will be chosen and featured in an episode of the podcast. Also, the grand prize winner will receive a Lab Jigger from Ethan+Ashe!

Sounds awesome, right? Good luck and cheers!

Bombay Sapphire Gin’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition

Who’s hosting it: Bombay Sapphire Gin
URL: https://mostimaginativebartender.com

Attention to all bartenders! We know that when life gets hard, creativity and passion keep us afloat, and so does Bombay Sapphire Gin. That’s why they’re happy to be back holding a new edition of the Most Imaginative Bartender cocktail competition, the perfect opportunity for all bartenders to showcase their talent and passion! Just think: what is your creative outlet? Whether it’s writing, painting, music, or gardening, it doesn’t matter – whatever it is that moves you, helps your reset, and gets your creative juices flowing, connecting to that passion and showcasing it will be the key to this challenge. So let’s get started!

This competition is open to any and all bartenders residing in the U.S. who are currently working in the hospitality industry.

How to enter: 

  1. Create an original cocktail recipe that showcases you as a bartender, as well as your passions around all you do. It’s all about telling a story that’s somehow linked to your creative outlet and the things that inspire you. The cocktail MUST be gin-based and  feature Bombay Sapphire Gin as its main ingredient.
  2. Create a video (up to 90 seconds long), in which you share your inspiration and interests. Give the judges a glimpse into your life, talk about what you’re passionate about, and how you bring those passions alive in your cocktail.
  3. Go to https://mostimaginativebartender.com and follow the instructions to submit your entry. The deadline for entries is April 25, 2022.
  4. If your entry qualifies you to be a preliminary finalist, one or more judges will be arranged to visit your bar during the month of June 2022. You will be asked to recreate your cocktail for them to evaluate.
  5. Regional competitions will be held for all chosen semi-finalists during the month of September, 2022.
  6. Finals will take place in Miami (February 6-9, 2023), where all finalists will compete against each other in various bartending challenges, and a creative challenge where the winner will be chosen based on the final scores.

Prize:

The winner will receive a creative grant up to $20,000, and they’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with a mentor to bring their idea to life over a 6-month period! They will also be featured in a series of events, press interviews, and editorial articles. Cool, right?

You can go here to check out the full details. We wish you the best of luck! Cheers!

Reddit User LoganJFisher’s April 2022 Cocktail Competition – Gin and Blueberries

Who’s hosting it: Reddit user LoganJFisher
URL: https://www.reddit.com/r/cocktails/comments/tthrgm/original_cocktail_competition_april_2022_gin/

Hey there, cocktail makers! April is here, and we’ve got another competition from Reddit user LoganJFisher in our hands! This time, the challenge is to create an original cocktail that features both gin and blueberries. Any gin or gin-based liqueur is allowed, as well as natural blueberries and any other product made with real blueberries.

To participate, here are the rules and guidelines. Any violations of these rules will result in disqualification from this month’s competition.

  1. You must use both of the listed ingredients, but you can use them in absolutely any way or form (e.g. a liqueur, infusion, syrup, ice, smoke, etc.) you want and in whatever quantities you want. You do not have to make ingredients from scratch. You may also use any other ingredients you want.
  2. Your entry must be an original cocktail. Alterations of established cocktails are permitted within reason.
  3. You are limited to one entry per account.
  4. Your entry must include a name for your cocktail, a photograph of the cocktail, a description of the scent, flavors, and mouthfeel of the cocktail, and most importantly a list of ingredients with measurements and directions as needed for someone else to faithfully recreate your cocktail. You may optionally include other information such as ABV, sugar content, calories, a backstory, etc.
  5. All recipes must have been created after the creation of this month’s competition.

A flair reward for the winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd places) is currently in the works, so head on over to the following link for full details and to participate! Cheers!

Equiano Rum’s Interesting Narrative Cocktail Competition

Hosted by Equiano Rum
URL: https://equianorum.com/competition/

Hey, cocktail lovers! Whether you’re a pro bartender with years of experience servicing customers, or a passionate at-home-bartender (a hometender, if I may) practicing your favorite craft, your skills are worthy of appreciation! And Equiano, the world’s first brand of African and Caribbean rum, knows it, which is why they’re holding a very special competition to crown this year’s greatest bartenders and hometenders! The prizes (different for each category) are quite amazing, and winning is all about telling the best story with your cocktail. So get your shakers ready, and let’s get mixing!

For bartenders:

This challenge is catered towards those who have worked, or still work, professionally within the bar community.

The challenge is to create a cocktail inspired by Africa and the Caribbean, whether it’s in the name of the cocktail, the ingredients used, the method in which it’s made, the story behind its creation, who or what inspired it, or any mix of these elements.

Phase 1:

  1. Participants will submit their registration form with their information and the cocktail they’re presenting. You can register right here. Registrations will CLOSE on April 30th, 2022.
  2. The Equiano team will evaluate several aspects of the cocktail, based only on its description, recipe, and picture. You can learn more about the evaluation process on the competition page.
  3. In May 2022, 5 finalists will be chosen to compete in the grand final.

Phase 2:

The grand final will be physically held in London on June 13th, 2022. International finalists won’t need to travel all the way to the venue for the final, they’ll just need to be present preparing their cocktail on a Zoom call or through a video. Finalists who happen to be in London around the time of the final can be present at the venue, and their accommodations will be taken care of. All finalist cocktails will be recreated at the venue and tasted by the judges for their final verdict.

The panel of judges will include Equiano Rum’s Ian Burrell, Sandrae Lawrence from The Cocktail Lovers, Sly Augustin from Trailer Happiness, and Monica Berg from Tayér + Elementary.

Prizes:

1st Prize: £2,000
2nd Prize: £1,000
3rd Prize: £500
4th & 5th prize: £250

The winner will also be featured in Equiano’s International Cocktail book. They will be promoted through Equiano’s PR channels, and their cocktail will be listed in some of the world’s best bars.

For hometenders:

  1. Obtain Equiano Rum and create a cocktail around it, sticking to the African/Caribbean narrative. (P.S. there’s a discount code if you purchase here!)
  2. Submit the participation form before April 30th, 2022.

The winner will win an all-expenses-paid evening at one of the best bars in the winner’s country. Bartenders will make the winning cocktail (as well as some of the best participant cocktails) at the party for everyone to enjoy! How cool is that?!

Additionally, 10 selected cocktails posted by bartenders using hashtag #EquianoCompetition and tagging @equianorum, will also be featured in the Equiano’s International Cocktail Book. They will also receive a complimentary bottle of Equiano every month, for a whole year!

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the following link to learn more and show off your skills! Good luck!

Tanteo’s Mexican Standoff Bartending Competition

Hosted by Tanteo Tequila
URL: https://www.tanteotequila.com/mexican-standoff

For years, Tanteo Tequila has pitted some of the nation’s most talented bartenders against one another in a competition to create the most inventive, most unexpected and most delicious Tanteo cocktails. This year, they are opening it up to you!

Enter this competition for a chance to win $10,000! You could earn a special place in spicy tequila history — plus all-expense paid trips TO THE SEMI-FINALS, AND FINALS. Here’s how it works:

  1. Between 4/1 – 4/30/22, anyone can create an original Tanteo recipe and share it on Instagram. Tag the bar you’re repping (if applicable) and tag @tanteotequila and use #tanteostandoff22. (More details here!)
  2. The Tanteo judges will choose 16 semi-finalists based on creativity, complexity, taste and social media engagement. Each will win $1,000 ($500 to them, $500 to a charity of their choice), plus an all-expense paid trip to compete in their closest semi-finals — Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles or New York City.
  3. Semi-final winners earn another all-expense paid trip to the Standoff championship, taking place in November in Mexico!
  4. Finalists compete in front of a live audience for a chance to take home the title, plus $5,000 for themselves and an additional $5,000 to a charity of their choice.

May the best spicy cocktail win.

The 2022 Bourbon Brawl Presented by Garrison Brothers + Texas Monthly

Hosted by Garrison Brothers, Texas Monthly & Cocktail Courier
URL: https://www.shakestir.com/competitions/ctl/competitiondetails/mid/638/id/38235/the-2022-bourbon-brawl-presented-by-garrison-brothers-texas-monthly

Enter this cocktail competition for a chance to win $10,000 and a barrel of bourbon! (Sounds pretty epic, right?) This will be the 4th annual Garrison Brothers Bourbon Brawl competition. You’ll be tasked with facing off against master mixologists and crafting your most amazing cocktail that is built around the award-winning Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey. Go ahead and check out the full Entry Guidelines here!

Please note that to enter this competition, you’ll need to have a ShakeStir profile that indicates that you live in the U.S. in order to submit your recipe(s), so make sure your profile is created and up to date before you decide to begin! If you have any questions about the competition or need any assistance, you can also contact tiffany@shakestir.com.

Online submissions for phase 1 are open between March 1 – April 12, 2022. Prizes provided by ShakeStir.com. For full rules and regulations, go here. Best of luck, cocktail peeps!

Reddit User LoganJFisher’s March 2022 Cocktail Competition – Ukrainian Vigor

Hosted by Reddit User LoganJFisher
URL: https://www.reddit.com/r/cocktails/comments/t3zz3d/original_cocktail_competition_march_2022/

How’s it going, cocktail nerds? March is upon us, which means another challenge from Reddit user LoganJFisher, who’s always looking for the best, most creative cocktails in his monthly competition. This time, however, the challenge will be a little bit different. In response to the regrettable events currently transpiring in Eastern Europe, this competition will be a celebration of Ukranian culture and bravery in the face of adversity. Therefore, this is a special competition that requires a new set of rules, so read carefully! Good luck!

To participate, below are the rules and guidelines. Any violations of these rules will result in disqualification from this month’s competition.

  1. Your entry must in some way be a celebration of Ukraine. That may mean using Ukrainian ingredients, but also try to be creative and find other ways of expressing the might of the Ukrainian people and the beauty of their culture. Do your research and pull from wherever you can – history, folklore, culture, and so on.
  2. Intolerance towards any cultures and jokes about the war will not be allowed. This is your one and only warning. If you can’t participate in this competition in a respectful manner, then it’s best that you leave.
  3. Your entry must be an original cocktail. Alterations of established cocktails are permitted within reason.
  4. You are limited to one entry per account.
  5. Your entry must include a name for your cocktail, a photograph of the cocktail, a description of the scent, flavors, and mouthfeel of the cocktail, and most importantly a list of ingredients with measurements and directions as needed for someone else to faithfully recreate your cocktail. You may optionally include other information such as ABV, sugar content, calories, a backstory, etc.
  6. All recipes must have been created after the creation of this month’s competition.

Head on over to the following link to participate! Also, if you wish to help support Ukraine in this time of need, you can go to this link and donate directly to the National Bank of Ukraine’s armed forces fund. Cheers!

Hip Sip’s Battle of the Modern Bartender

Hosted by International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York
URL: https://www.internationalrestaurantny.com/hip-sip-battle-modern-bartender

The International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York is back, with their in-person event taking place on March 6-8 at the Javits Center in New York City, and they’re looking for the best cocktail featuring coffee! Showcase your skills by submitting your best, most unique Espresso Martini, Irish Coffee, Carajillo, White Russian (the list goes on), or create your very own coffee cocktail! Chosen finalists will battle on the Center Stage for the chance to win:

  1. $1,000 USD
  2. Bragging rights
  3. Exposure to over 100 media outlets
  4. A commemorative glass plaque

Bartenders will be judged on creativity, use of product, taste, presentation, and flair, featuring guest judges Art Sutley (Savage & Cook Distillery); Mia Mastroianni (Bar Rescue); and Phill Wills (Bar Rescue, The Spirits in Motion). The competition will take place on Sunday, March 6, 2022, from 3:30-5:00 PM. Entries are now being accepted and can be sent to lauren.selmon@ifbta.org. Check out IRFSNY’s website to learn more!

Reddit User LoganJFisher’s Feb 2022 Cocktail Competition – Tea Leaves & Bénédictine

Hosted by Reddit user LoganJFisher
URL: https://www.reddit.com/r/cocktails/comments/shmr5q/original_cocktail_competition_february_2022_tea/

Attention, cocktail enthusiasts! February is here, which means a new competition from Reddit user LoganJFisher has begun! This time, you’ll be challenged to create an original cocktail that features both tea and bénédictine. It must remain clear that NOT all teas are made from leaves, and that your tea may be brewed in any liquid, burned, crushed into a powder, etc. Remember to be creative and have fun!

To participate, here are the rules and guidelines. Any violations of these rules will result in disqualification from this month’s competition.

  1. You must use both of the listed ingredients, but you can use them in absolutely any way or form (e.g. a liqueur, infusion, syrup, ice, smoke, etc.) you want and in whatever quantities you want. You do not have to make ingredients from scratch. You may also use any other ingredients you want.
  2. Your entry must be an original cocktail. Alterations of established cocktails are permitted within reason.
  3. You are limited to one entry per account.
  4. Your entry must include a name for your cocktail, a photograph of the cocktail, a description of the scent, flavors, and mouthfeel of the cocktail, and most importantly a list of ingredients with measurements and directions as needed for someone else to faithfully recreate your cocktail. You may optionally include other information such as ABV, sugar content, calories, a backstory, etc.
  5. All recipes must have been created after the creation of this month’s competition.

Head on over to the following link for full details and to participate! Cheers!

Reddit User LoganJFisher’s Jan 2022 Cocktail Competition – Chocolate / Cocoa & Rum

Hosted by Reddit user LoganJFisher
URL: https://www.reddit.com/r/cocktails/comments/rtbe7s/original_cocktail_competition_january_2022/

Attention all mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts! This January of 2022, Reddit user LoganJFisher is looking for a creative and deliciously unique cocktail recipe that features both rum and any form of chocolate or cocoa. Any ingredient that is itself chocolate/cocoa or incorporates these ingredients is permissible: melted chocolate, creme de cacao, hot cocoa powder, mole bitters, etc. The sky’s the limit!

To participate, here are the rules and guidelines. Any violations of these rules will result in disqualification from this month’s competition:

  1. You must use both of the listed ingredients, but you can use them in absolutely any way or form (e.g. a liqueur, infusion, syrup, ice, smoke, etc.) you want and in whatever quantities you want. You do not have to make ingredients from scratch. You may also use any other ingredients you want.
  2. Your entry must be an original cocktail. Alterations of established cocktails are permitted within reason.
  3. You are limited to one entry per account.
  4. Your entry must include a name for your cocktail, a photograph of the cocktail, a description of the scent, flavors, and mouthfeel of the cocktail, and most importantly a list of ingredients with measurements and directions as needed for someone else to faithfully recreate your cocktail. You may optionally include other information such as ABV, sugar content, calories, a backstory, etc.

Head on over to the following link for full details and to participate! Good luck and happy 2022!

Reddit user LoganJFisher’s Nov 2021 Cocktail Competition – Absinthe & Amaro

Hosted by Reddit user LoganJFisher

  1. Reddit user LoganJFisher is calling for all mixologists and liquor enthusiasts to come enter a unique cocktail using both Absinthe and Amaro. For those looking to participate, here are the rules and guidelines. Any violations of these rules will result in disqualification from this month’s competition.
  1. You must use both of the listed ingredients, but you can use them in absolutely any way or form (e.g. a liqueur, infusion, syrup, ice, smoke, etc.) you want and in whatever quantities you want. You do not have to make ingredients from scratch. You may also use any other ingredients you want.
  2. Your entry must be an original cocktail. Alterations of established cocktails are permitted within reason.
  3. You are limited to one entry per account.
  4. Your entry must include a name for your cocktail, a photograph of the cocktail, a description of the scent, flavors, and mouthfeel of the cocktail, and most importantly a list of ingredients with measurements and directions as needed for someone else to faithfully recreate your cocktail. You may optionally include other information such as ABV, sugar content, calories, etc.

Go to the link here for full details and to participate! Best of luck!

Fresh Victor No ProbLlama Cocktail Competition

Hosted by  Fresh Victor
URL: https://freshvictor.ac-page.com/NoProbllama

Fresh Victor, a line of fresh, cold-pressed juice-based mixers for making craft cocktails and mocktails, announces its first-ever virtual cocktail competition, “Winter Cocktails? No ProbLlama!” Brand mascot Victor the Llama is asking home bartenders 21 years and older to create an easy, visually-stunning seasonal cocktail using one or more of Fresh Victor’s seven flavors.

Here’s the lowdown: Submit YOUR take on a winter seasonal cocktail recipe that is easy to make, looks amazing, and tastes delicious! Hot, cold, up, over, in a coupe, or steaming in a mug…whatever it is, it’s No ProbLlama! Some general parameters to follow:

  • Stay within the theme of “Winter Cocktails? No ProbLlama!”
  • Must be an Instagram follower of @freshvictorcocktails
  • Maximum of FIVE ingredients and two garnishes
  • Must include at least 1 ounce of a 40% ABV / 80 proof spirit  (please note that a mocktail competition will be announced in the future)
  • Ingredients must include at least 1 ounce of a Fresh Victor mixer 
  • May only enter ONE recipe per person

All entrants must enter using this link, otherwise your drink submission will not count. This competition is open now and closes 10/22/21. The winners will be announced on 11/12/21.

Entrants must be legal residents of the United States and reside in the continental United States to which Fresh Victor can be shipped (48 states), and be at least 21 years of age.  Only entrants who have Internet access and active email and Instagram accounts are eligible. For full competition info and rules, please visit https://freshvictor.ac-page.com/NoProbllama.

Original Cocktail Competition – October 2021 – Elderflower & Apple

Hosted by Reddit user LoganJFisher

Reddit user LoganJFisher is calling for all mixologists and liquor enthusiasts to come enter a unique cocktail using both Elderflower and Apple. This is the second iteration of the new monthly cocktail competition he’s promoting! For those looking to participate, here are the rules and guidelines. Any violations of these rules will result in disqualification from this month’s competition.

  1. You must use both of the listed ingredients, but you can use them in absolutely any way or form (e.g. a liqueur, infusion, syrup, ice, smoke, etc.) you want and in whatever quantities you want. You do not have to make ingredients from scratch. You may also use any other ingredients you want.
  2. Your entry must be an original cocktail. Alterations of established cocktails are permitted within reason.
  3. You are limited to one entry per account.
  4. Your entry must include a name for your cocktail, a photograph of the cocktail, a description of the scent, flavors, and mouthfeel of the cocktail, and most importantly a list of ingredients with measurements and directions as needed for someone else to faithfully recreate your cocktail. You may optionally include other information such as ABV, sugar content, calories, etc.

Go to the link here for full details and to participate!

2021 Coffee Cocktail Challenge

Hosted by  Mr. Black & Steve the Bartender

Mr Black & Steve the Bartender have joined forces again in 2021 to bring you the second edition of the Coffee Cocktail Challenge.  Do you feel like you’ve got what it takes to create the next modern-classic coffee cocktail? Well, here’s your chance! Go head-to-head with cocktail lovers from around the world, and have your creation reviewed by some of the top cocktail minds in the industry. Full list of FAQs can be found here.

Here’s a rundown of the competition:

  1. Create an original coffee cocktail using Mr Black Coffee Liqueur with no more than 4oz of liquor. You’ve got 2 weeks to submit a cocktail (or multiple drinks if you want).
  2. Then, starting Oct 13, go check out all the submissions and vote for your favorite.
  3. On November 3, 5 of the highest voted cocktails and 5 favorites will be selected by the competition’s team of judges.
  4. Steve the Bartender, along with a panel of experts, will judge the top 10 cocktails on YouTube on November 16. One winner and one runner up will be selected based on taste, presentation and creativity.

The grand prize winner will be receiving THE ULTIMATE BARTENDER & BARISTA PACK (Total Value: $2,450 USD), which includes:

◆ Breville Dual Boiler Espresso Machine
◆  Yama Cold Drip Tower
◆  Birdy by Erik Lorincz Bar Kit
◆  6 x Hand Blown Japanese Cocktail Glasses from Kimura Glass
◆  Mr Black Merch Pack
◆  The winning cocktail will be featured on thirstymag.com, SteveTheBartender YouTube, Mr. Black Instagram and YouTube

Those who make it to the final 10 all get prizes, by the way!  Go sign up now! 

Original Cocktail Competition – September 2021 – Bourbon and Amaretto (Reddit)

Hosted by Reddit user LoganJFisher
URL: https://www.reddit.com/r/cocktails/comments/pftf8k/original_cocktail_competition_september_2021/

Reddit user LoganJFisher is calling for all mixologists and liquor enthusiasts to come enter a unique cocktail using both Bourbon and Amaretto. This is the first iteration of the new monthly cocktail competition he’s promoting! For those looking to participate, here are the rules and guidelines. Any violations of these rules will result in disqualification from this month’s competition. Sounds like Logan will also be hosting future competitions!

  1. You must use both of the listed ingredients, but you can use them in absolutely any way you want and in whatever quantities you want (although using a vanishingly small amount of either won’t likely give you a win). You may, however, use any other ingredients you want.
  2. Your entry must be an original cocktail. Alterations of established cocktails are permitted within reason.
  3. You are limited to one entry per Reddit account.
  4. Your entry must include a name for your cocktail, a photograph of the cocktail, a description of the scent, flavors, and mouthfeel of the cocktail, and most importantly, a list of ingredients with measurements and directions as needed for someone else to faithfully recreate your cocktail. You may optionally include other information such as ABV, sugar content, calories, etc.
  5. Entries and voting both end on Sept 30th, so get your entries in soon!

THE POM WONDERFUL PHOTO & COCKTAIL RECIPE CONTEST

Hosted by POM Wonderful ®

The folks at POM Wonderful are excited to launch a social media cocktail contest dedicated to supporting local bars that were impacted by pandemic closures. The competition will put bartenders’ mixology skills to the test as they create cocktails using POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice. Five winners will each designate a deserving bar to receive a $10,000 cash prize and year’s supply of POM Juice. Mixologists across the country are encouraged to highlight the sweet-yet-tart taste of POM Juice and enter the #POMCocktailContest. Entrants will be tasked with developing a signature POM-inspired cocktail and sharing a photo of their creation on Instagram along with the recipe, tagging @POMWonderful and nominating a local bar.

Entries will be judged on presentation, creativity, diversity of ingredients, and the extent to which POM Juice is featured. On October 1st, 10 finalists will be chosen, and their cocktails will be featured on the @POMWonderful Instagram page. Consumers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite POM cocktail by “liking” the photo to determine the semi-finalists. Five winners will be selected on October 11. The winners’ nominated bars will receive a $10,000 cash prize to help them recover from pandemic hardships, along with a year’s supply of POM Juice to incorporate into cocktails.

Prizes: Five bars to receive a $10k cash prize and a year’s supply of POM Wonderful juice!

Who’s eligible: Open to legal U.S. residents, age 21+ only. To check full eligibility for participation, please visit https://pomcocktails.prizelogic.com/.

To learn more about the contest and for official rules, please visit POMCocktails.prizelogic.com.

Cognac Connection Challenge

Hosted by Cognac Connection

Love Cognac? Want to learn more about the Cognac region of France? Well, we’ve got the perfect challenge for you then! Create your own Cognac-focused cocktail for a chance to win one of 10 educational prizes of $1,000 and a virtual tour of the region. Show off your unique cocktail with a photo and answer a few questions about your inspiration for the opportunity at one of those grand prize spots. Get all the details and enter at https://cognacconnection.com/cognacconnectionchallenge.

Liber & Co. Grand Summer Awards

Hosted by Liber & Co.

If you’re looking to show off your mixology skills this summer and earn a little extra cash in the process, check out Liber & Co. Grand Summer Awards – now open to U.S. residents who are 21+! Here’s the breakdown: 

  • craft an original cocktail using a Liber & Co. syrup,
  • post to Instagram using hashtag #liberjulyawards,
  • DM your cocktail to @liberandco.

This first competition will be open until end of day July 12th, and then will be reopened for August entrants on July 25th; there will also be a third chance to win in September. Open to residents of the United States, and must be 21+ to participate; can only participate once per month. Prizes each month range from $250 – $1000. Best of luck! Full details can be found here.

Don’t Waste This Cocktail Contest

Hosted by Chilled Magazine

No one likes to waste a cocktail! Chilled Magazine would rather you enter their Don’t Waste This Cocktail competition by submitting your original cocktail recipe using Weed spirits: Weed Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Weed Cellars Prosecco, or Weed Cellars Prosecco Rosé. Each category (whiskey and bubbly) will have two $1,000 winners, and the grand prize winner will receive an additional $2,000. Don’t forget to include the name and an image of your gorgeous cocktail, the ingredient list, mixing instructions, and a description of your inspiration. You can submit multiple recipes, so why not make something with all three spirits? Check out https://chilledmagazine.com/weedcellars/#rules and https://chilledmagazine.com/weedcellars/#register for more info and to register. Winners will be announced on July 12th. Happy mixing!

Bartenders & Baristas Challenge

Hosted by Licor 43

Who’s hosting it: Licor 43

Love coffee and cocktails? Well then, The Bartenders and Baristas Global Challenge is definitely for you! Register to try your luck at winning the grand prize of $3,500 (link below) by creating your best Licor 43 coffee cocktail and posting a video of it on social media with the hashtag #Licor43BB2021. There are also local winners as well as 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes, so don’t hesitate to share your coffee-inspired creation! Check out their contest registration page and this video for more info about eligibility and to submit your awesome coffee cocktail.

Olmeca Shot Ring Competition

Hosted by Olmeca Tequila

Inspired by the theatre and vibrancy of Lucha Libre, the Olmeca Shot Ring competition challenges teams of bartenders worldwide to get creative with their very own shot-tails and accompanying drinking rituals. Participants are encouraged to capture the high-energy of nightlife culture and experimental flavours of cocktail culture, whilst showcasing the versatility and fun, spirited essence of Olmeca Tequila.

This year, bartender teams are invited to upload videos – showcasing their experimental shot-tails and high-energy routines – directly to the Olmeca Shot Ring platform. Entries will close on June 15th, when consumers will be prompted to go online and vote for their favourite. The most popular entries from each country will then advance to the semi-finals on June 24th, where they will go head-to-head against the winning entries from other countries.

The two entries with the most votes will proceed to the global final, which will take place between July 1st-July 8th – the Olmeca Shot Ring champion will be announced on July 9th. To enter, go here:  https://shotring.olmecatequila.com/.

The winning team will have a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Tomorrowland (pending government guidance), a visit to the Altos distillery in the heart of Los Altos, Mexico OR a cash prize of equivalent value.

INDOGGO Challenge

Hosted by INDOGGO Gin and Chilled Magazine

Move over, gin and juice! Create Snoop Dog’s new favorite drink for the chance to win $1,000, $2,000, or $5,000! It just doesn’t get much more awesome than that. Snoop and his prestigious co-judges will rate your original INDOGGO® Gin craft cocktail based on your cocktail name, presentation, inspiration, balance of flavor/aroma/character, and creativity.

All submissions must be original and include INDOGGO®. You also must include the following when you enter: Cocktail name, inspiration for cocktail, list of ingredients, preparation & mixing instructions, and cocktail image. You can even submit multiple entries.

Head over to https://chilledmagazine.com/indoggochallenge/#rules for more info and to enter. Good luck, and tell Snoop we say hi!

“Power of the Palate” National Cocktail Competition

Hosted by Black Restaurant Week and Maker’s Mark
Sponsored by: Maker’s Mark
Would you say that you’re the best Black bartender in the nation? (Try saying that 10 times fast!) No, but really!? Black Restaurant Week is currently on the hunt for the best black bartender in the U.S., and the grand prize winner gets $5,000 in cash. They are hosting their second annual national cocktail competition, and challenging bartenders from across America to create Maker’s Mark cocktails that are one-of-a-kind and full-flavored, just like the signature bourbon. This year’s event is organized as a bracket-style competition. During each round, bartenders will be challenged to construct craft cocktails, testing their flavor profiles and innovation. Entrants will be judged by industry experts and the audience.

Eligibility: 

  • Open to bartenders currently working in the bar, restaurant or spirits industry.
  • Contestants must –
    • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia.
    • Reside in the greater metropolitan area (20-30 miles out) of one of the following cities – Atlanta, Bay Area, Baltimore, Cincinnati (Open to Indianapolis and Louisville), Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, or Washington DC.
    • Be at least 21 years of age as of the date of entry.
    • Be of African-American, African, or Caribbean descent.
  • For more on eligibility and exclusion, please visit https://blackrestaurantweeks.com/cocktail-competition/.

For the full contest rules & details, please go here. Don’t forget, the deadline is June 7th!

PATRÓN PERFECTIONIST

Hosted by Patrón

One of the world’s leading tequila companies, Patrón, is taking their annual Patrón Perfectionists competition online this year. Beginning in mid-April, hopeful contestants can submit their recipe for the perfect cocktail; the top 30 will be voted on by the public, and the top 10 will go on to compete in their country’s national finals. The winner of each national competition will then be invited to the global finals at Hacienda Patrón in Jalisco, Mexico in early 2022.

Visit https://www.patronperfectionists.com/event/1182/patron-perfectionist-2022 for more submission information, and join the Patrón Perfectionists Facebook page for current contest updates.

Cocktail Competition Show

Hosted by marblemedia

Calling all innovative bartenders in the U.S. and Canada! Do you like to push boundaries in your cocktails? Do you want to show your unique mixology skills on the next big competition show? If so, the company behind the Netflix hit, Blown Away, is looking for you!

Selected contestants will compete in a series of cocktail challenges against the best of the best in North America for a chance at the to-be-announced grand prize. You must be available to travel to Canada between August-November, 2021. To enter, you must be 19 in Canada or 21 in the U.S.

To submit yourself for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, go to https://cocktailcompetitionshow.castingcrane.com. Email kmccrory@marblemedia.com with any questions. Good luck!

Concours d’Spirits

Hosted by SommCon

SommCon ®, a leading provider of wine and spirits education for industry professionals, presents the second year of Concours d’Spirits, an impartial competition of domestic and international spirits judged in a blind tasting format by a panel of industry tastemakers, buyers, reviewers, mixologists and sommeliers skilled in spirits.

Judging for this competition will take place April 27-29, 2021 in San Diego, CA, followed by a boutique winner’s circle tasting for 100 buyers and influencers. In the fall, all winners will be on display during SommCon’s annual West Coast Conference during a trade-only tasting and medal’s showcase.

Medal winners receive added exposure in SommCon and The Somm Journal’s social, print recognition, and promotional materials. More information on that here.

Early bird pricing runs through Nov 30, 2020 and is $595 for one entry and $1,045 for two entries. On Dec 1, 2020 entry fees are raised to $695 for one entry and $1,145 for two entries. For brands entering more than two spirits, each additional entry is $350 during both early bird and regular pricing.

For more information or to submit your entry, visit https://www.sommconusa.com/competitions.html.

Mix Fest Cocktail Competition

Hosted by Nomads Music Lounge in Fayetteville, AR

Nomads Music Lounge will be hosting their 7th annual Cocktail Competition featuring local bartenders of Fayetteville, AR mixing up their best. All proceeds go to support competing bartenders. Competition will be held live at the Nomads Music Lounge (1431 South School Ave. Fayetteville, AR 72701) from 2-4pm CST. Tickets are $10.

Peat Week Cocktail Competition

Hosted by Westland Distillery (Seattle, Washington)

This year’s Peat Week Cocktail Competition will look a bit different than past in-person duals, as Westland Distillery has now partnered with three prominent bartenders to create Peat Week Cocktail Kits. Cocktail fans can cast their vote by purchasing one of the kits via the Westland website (shipping within Washington only). For customers in other U.S. states, click here and scroll down to find three national online retailers that also sell the product.

Each purchase includes admission to a virtual cocktail class hosted by Westland, taking place on Thursday, January 28, featuring all three guest bartenders who will demo their kit and share tips and tricks from the trade. See full details here.

World AIDS Day: Celebration & Cocktail Competition

Hosted by BU Wellness Network

Join BU Wellness Network for a World AIDS Day Celebration like no other. This year’s virtual event will feature a virtual cocktail competition, where contestants will teach you how to make specialty cocktails (or mocktails) and participants will vote on who has the best recipe. The attire for the event is luxury loungewear! Attendees will receive recipes/ingredients lists in advance of the event.

Please register here by December 4th to receive information in advance. VIP tickets ($100+service fee) must be purchased by November 23rd in order to receive VIP Event Kits in advance of the event. Tickets for general admission are free. There are also several opportunities to donate when you register, and donations are strongly encouraged. Limited quantities available. Who Will Be the Star of the Bar?! 

BU Wellness Network is the largest African-American AIDS service organization in the state of Indiana. The organization provides services to more than 35% of all African-American individuals living with HIV in the state.

ART’QUARIUM CLARIFIED PUNCH CONTEST

Hosted by Fish House Live, featuring Wheatley Vodka

Enter your original Clarified Punch recipe for a chance to win $500, a special behind-the-scenes tour and trip to Frankfort, KY, home of Wheatley Vodka and Buffalo Trace Distillery! The contest is open to legal residents of the U.S. and the District of Columbia, who are 21 years of age or older. Refer to “The Rules” for more specific details regarding the recipe and social media requirements.

Not familiar with Fish House Live and Art’Quarium? The contest is centralized around artistic expression and making delicious clarified punch. Start with a fishbowl, punch bowl or glass vessel, add your favorite aquatic theme, fill with a clarified punch, take photos and share with the world on social media – and don’t forget to enjoy responsibly with your closest friends!

The contest runs from 10/29/20 – 11/30/20. There will be three finalists selected and one grand-prize winner. The winner will receive a round-trip ticket to Buffalo Trace Distillery on December 7-9, an exclusive behind the scenes tour with the folks behind Wheatley Vodka, $500 of spending cash and 5L Buffalo Trace barrel (an approximate $1,000 value).

Judging will be completed around November 30th. There will be virtual judges who will recreate the punches and judge the finalists.

Administered by Fish House Live and sponsored by Taste Network, LLC. For all of the official rules – click here. If you’d like to watch a Welcome video from the Fish House team, click here.

Vipra Halloween Cocktail Contest

Hosted by Vipra Cocktail

Enter your original Vipra cocktail recipe for a chance to win a deluxe home bar set! This contest is open to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia, who are 21 years of age or older. (Void in Utah, and where prohibited.) Refer to Rules 4-5 for more specific details regarding the recipe requirements. 

Not familiar with Vipra Rosso Dolce? This is a ruby red wine, delicately sweet and slightly fizzy, with red fruit aromas, and best served chilled! The contest runs from 9/1/20 – 10/31/20. There will be three grand-prize winners, and each winner will receive a home bar inclusive of a luxury bar cart, deluxe set of glassware, custom cocktail shaker and wine refrigerator (an approximate $1,000 value).

Judging will be completed around November 9th. Administered by One Line Sports Agency and sponsored by Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd. Check out the official rules here.

A TOAST TO THE SERVICE INDUSTRY

Hosted by Chilled Magazine

Chilled Magazine and 375 Park Avenue Spirits are partnering in a 4-week,socially-distanced contest for professional bartenders. Contestants must feature one of 10 participating brands in a creative cocktail for a chance to win a grand prize of $4,000.

Each week, 10 semi-finalists will automatically win $500 with an exciting chance to be one of four finalists in a Facebook & Instagram livestreamed competition. There will be one semi-finalist per brand each week, and bartenders are welcome to submit one cocktail per brand (up to 10 entries per week). From the 40 semi-finalists, 4 finalists will be chosen to participate in the live, virtual competition held in mid-May. The 1st place winner will receive $4,000, 2nd place $3,000, 3rd place $2,000, and 4th place $1,000.

For a chance to receive the grand prize and ultimate bragging rights, submit a video (or photo) of your creation by Sunday night, April 19th, April 26th, and May 3rd at 11:59 pm EST. For official rules, requirements, and participating brands, visit Chilled Magazine’s official contest page.

THE STAR OF THE BAR COMPETITION

Hosted by The National Restaurant Association Show

The National Restaurant Association invites professional mixologists to show off their most creative cocktail talents on a national platform to vie for the sought-after title of Star of the Bar.

Open to restaurants, bars, and other businesses that sell beverage alcohol on-premise are invited to submit an application and original cocktail recipe for the opportunity to compete. Submissions that receive the top 6 highest scores will be invited to send one mixologist from their business to represent them and compete in the Star of the Bar National Finals in Chicago, IL on May 16-19, 2020.

If you are interested in a shot at the title, a trip to Chicago to demonstrate your skills, as well as a chance at a cash prize, you must submit your entry by February 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm PST. Click here for official rules and to enter your cocktails.

2020 Bartender of the Year Competition

Hosted by Heaven Hill Brands & Liquor.com

Heaven Hill Brands and Liquor.com are searching for the 2020 Bartender of the Year. The competition now in its fifth year is searching for a bartender that displays total breadth and aptitude in their abilities as a professional bartender.

The Heaven Hill family invites you to submit two recipes using Heaven Hill Brands to enter the competition. Impress the judges by creating cocktails that showcase the quality, versatility and family tradition of Heaven Hill.

Eight finalists will be selected to compete at Half-Mile Farm in Highlands, N.C., June 15–18, 2020. The winner will be crowned 2020 Bartender of the Year, win $15,000 in cash and be invited to judge in the 2021 Bartender of the Year finals competition. Click here for official rules and to enter your cocktails. Enter your submissions by November 5, 2019.

HARDY LEGENDS OF COGNAC COMPETITION

Hosted by Hardy Cognac

Legends are risk takers, rule breakers, and ripple makers. Want to cement your status as a legend? Here’s your chance brought to you by Hardy Cognac; Legends of Hardy Cognac Competition!

Create an original cocktail highlighting Hardy Legend 1863 Cognac for a chance to be one of six finalists featured at an event during Portland Cocktail Week in November. Drinks must be limited to no more than 8 ingredients including bitters, garnish and, of course, Hardy Legend 1863 Cognac.

To enter the competition, bartenders must submit their applications before the deadline: October 24th, 2019, 11:59PM PDT. The grand prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to Cognac, France, to see first hand where Hardy Cognac is made. Click here for official rules and to enter your cocktail.

Bartenders “Talk Story” with Ocean Organic Vodka

Hosted by Ocean Organic Vodka

Hawaii-based Ocean Organic Vodka wants you to share your Talk Story. Deeply rooted in Hawaiian culture, “Talk Story” is a way of connecting with one another through casual conversation.

As the keeper of the bar, you hear customers “Talking Story” daily. Now, Ocean Vodka wants to hear from you! Share a memorable moment, adventurous experience, or even an encounter that’s become a legendary tale you love to tell.

To enter the competition, bartenders must create their Ocean Vodka cocktail and share how it is inspired by your story for you chance to win $5,000. Click here for official rules and to enter your cocktail. Content ends August 31st.

Mediterranean Inspirations Cocktail Competition 2019

Hosted by Gin Mare

Gin Mare, the first ever Mediterranean Gin, is reimagining the global cocktail competition by bringing people together over well-crafted cocktails inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle. The competition is now in its ninth year after having begun in Europe before expanding internationally and into the US three years ago.

The global competition has opened up online submissions from around the world and is broken into three themed rounds to from regional to national to global. The winner of each national around the world will win a trip to Ibiza to compete in the global final.

To enter the competition, bartenders need to create their own Mare Nostrum cocktail following the competitions rules and must submit online by Monday, July 1, 2019.

PAU Maui Vodka Road To Maui Competition

Hosted by PAU Maui Vodka

PAU Maui Vodka is on the search for unique vodka cocktails and the mixologists behind them. Inspired by its paradise roots and ingredients, PAU Maui introduces Road to Maui, a national online bartending competition challenging bartenders to create a cocktail and story inspired by what paradise means to them.

Your challenge is to build a cocktail that uses PAU Maui Vodka as the primary ingredient and contains no more than 8 ingredients. All drinks must be easy for any bar to recreate and reflect the local flavors found on the island.

Six finalists will be selected from the digital submissions to compete from September 22nd – September 24th in Maui, HI on an all expenses paid trip. The winner from the live competition will be awarded an all expenses paid trip to Portland Cocktail Week. There is no entry fee, but you must submit your entry by July 25th. Click here for official rules and to enter your cocktail.

USBG Most Imaginative Bartender Competition

Hosted by Bombay Sapphire Gin

This contest is “where new ideas and ingredients blend together to create the extraordinary. It’s this melding of thoughts and inspiration where creativity is born.” Now in its 12th year, the competition seeks out bartenders who are at the forefront of artistry in cocktail-making. You’ll be asked to create an original cocktail (which obviously includes Bombay Sapphire Gin) and which will be judged on Flavor, Appearance, Bartender Presentation and Imagination.

Enrollment is free, you need only your tools, glassware, and ingredients. Local competitions lead up to regionals and then finals in London. If you make regional or finals your airfare and hotel will be covered.

Prize is $10,000 and the winning bartender will be featured in digital GQ Magazine.

The Enrollment period has now ended for 2018, but keep en eye out for next year! Click here for more information, contest rules, and all the details.

USBG Diageo World Class 2018

Hosted by Diageo

The World Class is part of an internationally recognized competition that elevates the craft of the bartender and builds careers in the industry, culminating in an annual landmark week where the Global Bartender of the Year is announced. Bartenders enter local competitions, and regional finalists are chosen. Regional finalists compete regional finals, then National Finals. One national finalist from each country represented will travel to the 2018 Global Finals in Berlin, Germany.

The winner will be crowned the “World’s Best Bartender” – a prestigious title for sure!

The 2018 regionals are already well underway, but if you’d like to be notified of a potential 2019 competition, follow this link and sign up to be notified.

Beefeater MIXLDN 7

Hosted by Beefeater

With the January 2018 finals representing this competition’s 7th year, this competition is showing no sign of stopping.  This year 31 global finalists traveled to London to compete for the grand prize. Each year has its own theme – this year was “Creating a Cocktail Tribute to Your City” (using Beefeater Gin, of course).

If future years go like the past, entrants will submit their entries online and finalists will be selected for local in-person competitions. Winners will advance to the final in London for a chance to compete for the Grand Prize.

In 2018, the Grand Prize included a trip to London to work alongside Beefeater Master Distiller Desmond Payne to greate your signature blend – your own limited edition gin!

We’re already keeping an eye out for 2019! For more information, including rules and drink requirements, click here.

Bacardi Legacy Competition

Hosted by Bacardi

The Bacardi Legacy competition “aims to challenge cocktail bartenders from around the world to find the BACARDÍ rum cocktail with the greatest potential to establish itself as a classic and join the pantheon of BACARDÍ® Legacy cocktails alongside the Mojito, Daiquirí and Cuba Libre before it.” In 2017, entrants submitted their entries online for a coveted spot in one of the regional competitions. Regional winners were selected to compete in the National Finals and the winner will compete in the Global Competition.

Entries are already closed for 2018 but I’d be surprised if we didn’t see this one come up again in 2019. Keep an eye out here and here for updates, rules and requirements.

Advancing winners get all-expenses paid travel to their later stages of the competition culminating in the global final in Mexico City in May 2018

I asked the Bacardi Legacy team when 2019 entries would open but they weren’t sure yet. They did say, “it is usually within a couple of months of the Grand Final” and recommended keeping an eye on the Bacardi Legacy Facebook page here. and the Bacardi Legacy Website.

Bols Around the World

Hosted by Bols Genever

“Are you the next Bols Genever Pioneer?” asks the website for this worldwide competition. Looking for the best bartender “with a business focus”, Bols’ competition is global, and among the largest. Bartenders will be tested in three online heats for their “creativity, knowledge, hospitality and the ability to approach Bols Genever from a business angle.” The top three bartenders from each region then compete in Amsterdam for the grand prize.

2018’s winner will be named the next Bols Genever Pioneer and wins a bartending trip around the world!

Entries for the 2018 contest were accepted between September and October 2017, so it’s likely that the 2019 competition entries will open in the fall. Keep an eye on BolsAroundTheWorld.com for updates!

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