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Monthly Cocktail Contest on About.com Cocktails

Cocktail Contest Details, Rules, and Results

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Every month I am going to feature a themed cocktail contest where you can show off your mixed drink creations and mixology skills. Anyone can submit their original cocktail recipes to the monthly themed contest, a favorite will be chosen from a selection of finalists, and the winning recipe will be featured on About.com Cocktails and become a part of the permanent drink database.

Contest of the Month:

There are currently no contests open. We are taking a break during the summer months this year and a new contest will be open on September 1st, 2014.

2014 Contest Schedule:
Read the full results from the 2014 contests...

2013 Contests:
Read the full results from the 2013 contests...

Previous Contests:
Read the full results from the 2011 & 2012 contests...

2010 Contests:
Read the full results from the 2010 contests...

Here are the details:

  • All cocktails must be original and created by the person who submits it. Variations on classic or common cocktails will be accepted (i.e. the Cocoa Old-fashioned and Reposado Old-fashioned would be acceptable variations on the classic Old-fashioned, an Old-fashioned with a specific bourbon brand and no other changes would not). As the panel cannot possibly know every drink ever made you are on your honor, though we will be able to catch common reproductions.
  • The contest is open to all levels of expertise from beginning home bartenders to professionals and all will be judged fairly with no consideration of skill level.
  • Photographs of the drink submitted are encouraged.
  • Cocktails must adhere to the theme of that month or they will not be accepted.
  • Non-alcoholic mixed drinks will be accepted if they are fitting to the theme. Obviously, a mocktail will not work for a "Tequila Cocktail" contest, but one may be submitted for a "Pomegranate Cocktail" contest.
  • If I have any questions about your drink submission I may contact you via email.
  • At the beginning of each month (or bi-monthly) a new contest theme will be announced and the contest will be open through the end of the month. Specific deadline days are set each month and may not specifically adhere to the dates on the calendar. Check the open contest for the specific deadline.
  • After the deadline day for that month the contest will be closed to further submissions.
  • I reserve the right to reject or edit any submissions, though I will leave accepted cocktail recipes intact.
  • Submitting your name and website are optional. I will encourage the winning bartender to reveal these details, though it is not required.
  • Please only submit cocktail recipes using the online form (see above for current form). If I receive them via email I will ask you to use the form anyway so it saves us all some time and effort.

The Winning Cocktail:
Of the submissions received each month I will choose the top three cocktails and submit those to my panel of bartending experts for tasting and review. Together the panel will decide which drink wins top honors for that month. The winning cocktail will be featured in my blog and the recipe will be placed permanently in my cocktail collection on About.com Cocktails with full credit and any relevant links going to the drink's creator.

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