Want to be in with the chance of winning €1,000 and six-months’ supply of port? Make sure you’ve signed up to the Graham’s Blend Series Competition


For the second year running, Graham’s Port is offering bartenders the chance to win €1,000, a trip to Porto for the finale and six-months’ supply of Graham’s Blend Series ports. 

Ten professional bartenders from across the globe will compete in a series of national heats. To take part, entrants will need to create a new cocktail boasting originality and flair, highlighting the profile of either Graham’s Blend Nº5 White Port or Blend Nº12 Ruby Port. They will be asked to prepare this cocktail in front of a panel of expert judges.

The UK leg of the competition will take place at Mark’s Bar, Lombard Street, on the 26th April. The panel of judges will include fifth-generation port producer and Port Brand Manager at John E Fells, Tom Symington, Editor of The Cocktail Lovers and esteemed international cocktail judge, Sandrae Lawrence, and Head Bartender at Bacchanalia, Paulo Azevedo.

To apply, UK-based bartenders and mixologists should email gabriella.messent@fells.co.uk with their cocktail name and recipe, a photograph of the cocktail, and a brief description of the concept. The deadline for submissions is 6th April.

Graham’s Blend Series represents a fresh and innovative take on port. Leading the way, Blend Nº5 and Blend Nº12 are designed specifically for mixing and each bottle is made from handpicked premium grapes, decorated with hand-drawn images by renowned Portuguese fashion illustrator António Soares.

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Rules of Entry:

  • To be eligible to participate in the competition, candidates are required to be employed as a professional bartender or mixologist.
  • There is a limit of one cocktail entry per person.
  • Entrants must specify an original name for their cocktail.
  • Recipes must be expressed in millilitres, with dashes and/or drops being the smallest quantities.
  • The recipe must be port-based, with the dominant ingredient being either Graham’s Blend Nº 5 White Port or Graham’s Blend Nº12 Ruby Port.
  • The recipe must not contain port from any other brand.
  • The recipe should contain readily available ingredients that are typically available to bars around the world.
  • It is prohibited to use ingredients that contain tobacco, any type of drug, or psychotropic ingredient.
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