There are two stages of the Sandeman Cocktail Competition.
Phase 1—Online Entries:
For the purposes of determining the finalists, entries will be assigned to the closest applicable market, as determined by the Sponsor. All complete entries submitted to sandeman.liquor.com within the entry time frame will be judged against the below criteria based on the perceived qualities of the written recipes and essay entry.
Judges will not take into consideration current employer, time spent bartending or any other personal information in the selection of finalists.
Each competitor must enter one cocktail recipe:
Scoring (100 points):
Phase 2—San Francisco Competition
For the purposes of selecting winners, local panels, as determined by the Sponsor, will judge the San Francisco event.
Bartenders who reside outside of the participating region and are chosen to participate are responsible for their travel expenses to the San Francisco event (if applicable).
Bartenders will be chosen based on their recipe submissions by a blind panel. Qualifying bartenders will be invited to compete at the San Francisco competition. At the competition:
GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS:
Any entries attempted through the use of agencies or robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed or similar methods will be void. Any attempt by a person to use multiple email accounts or identities to gain more entries than permitted by these Official Rules shall result in disqualification at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the "authorized account holder" associated with the email address at the time of entry, which must comply with these Official Rules. The authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned an email address by the service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses. Potential winners may be required to provide evidence (to the Sponsor's satisfaction) that they are the authorized account holder of the email address associated with a winning entry. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the person who actually submitted an entry cannot be resolved to the Sponsor's satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible. Entries and other submitted material become the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Refer to Additional Requirements below for more details regarding the rules for your entry.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY:
Entries must be in English. Entries must not allude to the overconsumption or irresponsible consumption of beverage alcohol. Entries that do not include all required information and do not adhere to the foregoing and following requirements will be considered void and will not be considered in the judging of this contest. Entries that are deemed by the Sponsor in its sole discretion to be illegal, obscene, profane or not in keeping with the Sponsor's image will be disqualified.
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Tradition and innovation have been intertwined ever since Sandeman was founded in 1790. It was the first Port house to include its initials on each barrel to guarantee its quality. Sandeman commissioned renowned artists to create stunning labels and eye-catching merchandising, eventually introducing the Don logo in 1928. The Don’s iconic silhouette with its cape and hat has become a symbol of consistency, taste and world-class Port.
This innovative approach is alive and well today. Sandeman recently gave The Don a new cape to celebrate a new luxurious approach to Port.
For this competition, you’ll need to follow Sandeman’s example by branding your Port cocktail. Give your signature cocktail a name, look and flavor that make it stand out from the rest. Your recipe should also show your understanding of Port as a category and reflect Sandeman's commitment to tradition and innovation.
As you’re creating this cocktail, hark back to the principles that define a classically balanced drink, while including fresh and forward-thinking ideas. We’re looking for a creation that can embody these elements and reintroduce Port to the cocktail world in a new and lasting way. Port is still little understood as an ingredient, so take advantage of this opportunity to show the world what it brings to a cocktail. Best of luck!
Sandeman isn’t only the bestselling premium Port in the US. It’s an essential ingredient for any bartender.
Create your own Sandeman cocktail for a chance to win an unforgettable trip to where it’s made—Portugal.
It's your chance to show what you can do with Port.
The entry deadline has passed.
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