Competition Rules

USBG’s Most Imaginative Bartender Contest Program Requirements
Overview

Representatives of the USBG and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® will visit approximately twenty-six (26) cities in the United States. During these visits, eligible bartenders will have a chance to create imaginative gin-based cocktails using BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin.

Entry Requirements

You will be required to prepare and submit an original cocktail recipe that meets the Recipe Criteria described below (your “Entry”). There is a limit of one (1) Entry per person.

  • Recipes must be expressed in fluid ounces, divided in respectively whole numbers (0.5 oz., 1 oz., 2 oz., etc.), with dashes and/or drops being the smallest quantities.
  • The recipe must be gin-based and include BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin. (No East or Dry versions.) You can use as many ingredients as you like.
  • The content of the cocktail must be between 3 oz. and 11 oz. (including dashes and drops).
    You may not use flaming alcohol or flames near alcohol.
  • Ingredients must be safe for human consumption.
  • You must specify a name for your recipe. The name may not include any copyrighted or trademarked material or any retailer’s name, except that you may use the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® brand in the name.

“Imagination” is a key component of the Competition. Imagination will be judged based on how well an Entry demonstrates a creative cocktail concept and how well it uses creative ingredients, textures, flavors, and expressions in the execution of the cocktail/mixed drink that enhances some/all of the ten botanicals in BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin.
By entering, you agree to the attached Terms and Conditions of Entry.

How to Participate

  • Register: Visit www.mostimaginativebartender.com, and sign up to compete during one of the available one-hour time slots in your city. Among other things, you will be asked to submit information about your Entry, including the drink name, inspiration, ingredients, measures, recommended glassware, preparation instructions, and an “elevator pitch.” You will have the ability to edit your Entry up to 24 hours before your time slot.
  • Preliminary Judging: During your time slot, you will be asked to create two (2) full-sized servings of your Entry in no more than eight (8) minutes. Two (2) judges will evaluate the Entry based on the General Judging Criteria described below, and two (2) judges will evaluate the entry based on the Anonymous Judging Criteria described below. The judges will select no more than ten (10) Local Finalists in each market or group of markets based on the live judging and anonymous judging scores.
  • Local Finalist Requirements: Except where prohibited, each Local Finalist may be required to complete and return a declaration of eligibility, a liability/publicity release, and an authorization to conduct a background check. Sponsor reserves the right (in its sole discretion) to disqualify a Local Finalist if he/she does not sign the necessary forms within five (5) days of the date notification is sent. If a Local Finalist returns these documents on time, he/she will be invited to participate in the Regional Finals in one (1) of approximately seven (7) cities in the United States.
  • Regional Finals: The Regional Finals will take place over the course of two (2) days between May 21, 2018 and June 26, 2018. See the website for specific dates and times in each city. During the Regional Finals, each of the ten (10) Local Finalists per city will compete against each other in various bartending challenges. The challenges will be judged according to the criteria disclosed at the event. The judges will select two (2) Regional Finalists per market or group of markets based on the scores.
  • Tales of the Cocktail: The fourteen (14) Regional Finalists (plus two (2) from Canada) will each receive an educational experience to Tales of the Cocktail in July 2018. The trip includes: (1) round-trip coach class airfare for one (1) person from an airport close to the Regional Finalist’s home to New Orleans and (b) hotel accommodations for three (3) nights. Please see the Prize Details Section below for additional details. The approximate retail value of the trip is $1,000. The actual value of the trip will vary depending on various factors, including the date of booking, the point of departure, and the dates of travel.
  • Trip to the Finals: The fourteen (14) Regional Finalists (plus two (2) from Canada) will each earn the opportunity to travel to the UK to compete in the Finals in September 2018. The competition phase includes: (a) round-trip coach class airfare for one (1) person from an airport close to the Regional Finalist’s home to London; and (b) hotel accommodations for four (4) nights. Regional Finalists may also be featured in GQ digital articles. GQ may require a Regional Finalist to sign additional release forms before being photographed. Please see the Prize Details Section below for additional details. The approximate retail value of the trip is $8,500. The actual value of the trip will vary depending on various factors, including the date of booking, the point of departure, and the dates of travel.

For all Stages: BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin will be provided, but you will be required to bring all other ingredients and equipment.

Finals in London, England
The Finals will take place over five (5) days between London and the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Distillery at Laverstoke Mill in England. During the Finals, the Regional Finalists will compete against each other in various bartending challenges. The challenges will be judged according to the criteria disclosed at the event. Participants must use their own equipment. The judging panel will pick one (1) Grand Prize winner based on the highest scores.
Judging Criteria
The following General Judging Criteria will be used to judge a contestant’s cocktail for Preliminary and Regional Rounds:

  • Flavor (aroma, taste, balance): 1-20 points
  • Appearance of Drink: 1-10 points
  • Bartender Presentation: 1-10 points
  • Imagination (judged upon demonstrating a creative cocktail concept and by using creative ingredients, textures, flavors, and expressions that will be used in executing a cocktail/mixed drink that enhances some/all of the ten botanicals in BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin): 1-10 points

Two (2) points will be deducted for every minute (or fraction of a minute) that a contestant goes beyond the allotted times.
The following criteria will ONLY be used in case of a tie. The points will not be added unless there is the need to break a tie:

  • Overall impression of drink: 1-4 points

The following Anonymous Judging Criteria will be used to judge a contestant’s Entry in the Preliminary Judging Round:

  • Flavor (aroma, taste, balance): 1-20 points
  • Appearance of Drink: 1-10 points
  • Imagination (judged upon demonstrating a creative cocktail concept by using creative ingredients, textures, flavors, and expressions that will be used in executing a cocktail/mixed drink that enhances some/all of the ten botanicals in BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin): 1-10 points
  • Inspiration (Judged upon a one paragraph description each entrant creates to showcase the inspiration in creating their cocktail. This paragraph should detail inspiration around ingredient choice and their connection to BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin and how flavor, appearance and imagination link together.) 1-10 points

Grand Prize
The Grand Prize winner will be featured in digital content on GQ and other Conde Nast digital properties, as determined by GQ, and will receive a stipend of $10,000 from USBG for their services. Please see the Prize Details Section below for additional details.

Prize Details (for all Trips)
A winner is responsible for paying any income taxes and any and all other costs and expenses not listed above. He/she will be required to provide a Social Security Number for tax reporting purposes. Any prize details not specified above will be determined by USBG, in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded. A winner may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, USBG reserves the right to substitute a prize (or component thereof) with another prize (or component thereof) of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined by USBG, in its sole discretion. Winners must travel on the dates specified by USBG. Once travel documents are issued, travel arrangements cannot be changed. If a winner cannot travel on the dates specified by USBG, he/she will not be permitted to compete in the next stage of the Competition. Winners are responsible for securing passports, visas, and any other documents necessary for international travel.