“Power Of The Palate” National Cocktail Competition

by | Sep 18, 2022

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.


  • 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!

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