Mixed Up

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Objective:
Develop your twist on a classic cocktail. Submissions may use up to five ingredients to create a modern build using a classic cocktail as the initial inspiration. All cocktails must contain at least 1.25 oz of a Diageo Brand spirit (see the full list of approved product in the rules below).

When choosing the top three finalists, the judges will consider: 

  • Flavor Profile (component balance and drinkability)
  • Connection to Original Cocktail and Base Spirit (tells a modern story)
  • Creativity & Originality (appearance, name, component mix)
  • Speed & Ease of build

The final round of the Mixed Up Cocktail Competition will be recorded on Monday, November 1, 2021 in Columbus, OH. Round one submissions will be reviewed on paper, and the top three submissions will be invited to participate in-person for the final round. To be eligible for the finals, YOU MUST be available on November 1, 2021 to record in person in Columbus.

Winner receives:

  • Mixed Up trophy and bragging rights.
  • Bartender's Gift Basket of Goodies

 

**ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 AT 11:59 P.M.**

 

Please contact Shoshanna Gross at sgross@ohiorestaurant.org or call 614.246.0217 with any questions. 

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MIXED UP RULES

Contestants may use up to five ingredients (including garnish) to create a unique, original cocktail based on a known classic. Contestants will be asked to submit a photo of their completed cocktail to sgross@ohiorestaurant.org.

  1. Contestants may use up to five ingredients (including garnish to create a unique, original cocktail based on a known classic.
  2. Cocktail must contain at least 1.25 oz of any the Diageo-brands listed below. No other high-proof spirit brands will be permitted.
    • Ketel One Vodka
    • Ketel One Botanical
    • Tanqueray Gin
    • Don Julio Tequila
    • Deleon Tequila 
    • Crown Royal Whisky
    • Blade & Bow Whiskey
    • Bulleit Bourbon + Whiskey
    • Johnnie Walker Scotch
    • Bailey's Irish Cream
    • Godiva Liqueur
    • Pimm's No. 1
    • Ciroc Vodka + Cognac

  3. In addition to the approved product above, contestants may use one compound syrup or cordial as a single ingredient as long as they are comprised of four ingredients or less. Recipes must be provided for any house-made ingredients.
  4. Contestants will be asked to identify the known classic they are basing their cocktail on and explain how their interpretation is a fresh or modern take on the original.
  5. The contest will be in two rounds.
    • Contestants will submit recipes for round one. Based on the description of their cocktail, the top three submissions will be chosen to move to the finals.
    • The top three finalists will be invited to attend a live final round of the Mixed Up competition (November, 1 2021). Each finalist will have 10 minutes to build and present their cocktail to the judges. The competition will be recorded and played on November 2 at the Virtual Mid- America Restaurant Expo.

  6. Initial submissions will be blind, and judges will use a rubric to create a fair, equitable process for moving on to the finals. The same rubric will be used during the live competition.

  7.  Judging criteria will be based on:

    1. Flavor Profile (component balance and drinkability)

    2. Connection to Original Cocktail and Base Spirit (tells a modern story)

    3. Creativity & Originality (appearance, name, component mix)

    4. Speed & Ease of build

NOTE: Product and Materials for finalist cocktail builds will be provided by the Expo.

The competition starts here!

 

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