Southern Showdown 2018

Bartenders are being challenged to create a cocktail inspired by their home town using Southern Comfort for a chance to win a trip to New Orleans. Now in its third year in the UK, the Southern Comfort Southern Showdown will feature regional heats across the country, culminating in a winner and two runners-up going to …

Yaguara cachaca

The success of Yaguara cachaça’s inaugural cocktail competition in London last year has led it to launch it nationally and overseas for 2018. With six heats due to take place in cities including Manchester and London, bartenders will compete for the prize of a trip to Brazil to visit the distillery in Parana as well …

Courvoisier Cognac And Coffee

Entries are open for Courvoisier cognac’s Toast of Paris cocktail competition where, for the first time, bartenders will be marked on how Instagram-worthy their drinks are. Returning for a third year, the competition is calling for a cognac-centred expression of an “all-time classic” cocktail or a “Café Courvoisier” – a “sumptuous” twist on a coffee-based …

Double Dutch Joyce and Raissa de Haas

Bartenders can win a VIP trip to the Netherlands in a cocktail competition run with Double Dutch Drinks at this year’s Northern Restaurant & Bar (NRB) show. Competitors are being asked to submit two unique drinks, one for summer and one for winter, containing any of the Double Dutch Drinks range of mixers and drawing …

Brooklyn Gin

Bars have the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bar Convent Brooklyn trade event in New York City through an incentive for Brooklyn Gin. Hi-Spirits, the brand’s distributor for the UK and Ireland, will fly seven regional winners to the USA in June, with the prizes awarded based on sales and promotion of …

Havana Club cocktail grand prix logo

Bartenders are being challenged to create a Havana Club rum cocktail inspired by modern Cuba in a global competition that culminates in a final in Havana. The biennial Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix, now on its 12th outing, has been reimagined by brand owner Pernod Ricard to celebrate Cuba’s burgeoning revolution in food, technology and …

Matthew Clark cocktails

Drinks supplier Matthew Clark is to help licensees tap into the growing cocktail market with a raft of support materials and activities including its first cocktail competition. It will include a series of country-wide workshops across the UK throughout February to help on-trade outlets to get started or improve their cocktail offering. As part of …

Chivas Masters Global Final 2017

The Chivas Masters competition has been launched for 2018, seeking bartenders who demonstrate cutting-edge skill and creativity as well as collaboration and generosity. Now in its fifth year, it is running in 22 countries across six continents, featuring Chivas Regal whisky, with a deadline of March 31 for entries from the UK. The Chivas Masters …

World Class Studios

Diageo Reserve has launched its search for its World Class Bartender of the Year with a nationwide tour of training sessions. After starting off in west London and Edinburgh this week, the World Class Studios roadshow visits Leeds today, followed by Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Bournemouth, east London and Cambridge throughout November. It follows …

Tulip punch bowl Libbey Glassology

Bartenders are being challenged to create innovative new glassware in a design competition run by leading supplier Libbey. With a prize including a trip to the Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans, the European-wide Glassology design competition is seeking a vessel that will enhance a drink. The competition calls on bar professionals to …