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2010 Ultimate Cocktail Challenge Winners

Finding the best spirits for the best cocktails

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Judging Panel at the 2010 Ultimate Cocktail Challenge

Judging Panel at the 2010 Ultimate Cocktail Challenge

Photo Courtesy: © Ultimate Beverage Challenge
Updated November 13, 2013
The Ultimate Cocktail Challenge is a new event in more ways than one. The 2010 UCC was the first occasion for what should become an annual event and it is the first spirits competition to put liquor brands to the test against each other inside a cocktail.

One has to wonder why the idea didn't come out earlier because a distilled spirit can be great on its own, but there is often one that stands out against the rest in specific cocktails, and that is what this list shows. If you're wondering which cognac makes the best Sidecar or which vodka creates the best Cosmopolitan the drink experts (see below) who made up the panel have the answer. It is great advice for those seeking a taste of the cocktail in its best light.

View more about the competition at the Ultimate Beverage Challenge website. It is also important to note that not every brand of liquor entered the competition and these results are based on those companies that submitted their spirit.

The official results...
2010 CHAIRMAN'S TROPHY WINNERS

BEST GIN in a…

BEST VODKA in a…

BEST TEQUILA in a…

BEST RUM in a…

BEST COGNAC/BRANDY in a…

BEST SCOTCH WHISKY in a…
See the results here...

BEST NORTH AMERICAN WHISKEY in a…
See the results here...

BEST ORANGE LIQUEUR in a…

Co-founders of the Ultimate Beverage Challenge: F. Paul Pacult, David Talbot and Sue Woodley. The judges for the Ultimate Cocktail Challenge included: Dale DeGroff, David Wondrich, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Julie Reiner, Steve Olson, Audrey Saunders, Tad Carducci, Doug Frost, Andy Seymour, Don Lee, Jim Meehan and Sean Ludford, Assistant Judging Chairman.

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