Wenneker Swizzle Masters rounds open for 2016By Annie Hayes
Entries have opened for The Wenneker Swizzle Masters 2016, where one supremely skillful bartender will walk away with £1,000 and the coveted Swizzle Master 2016 title.
The world’s only virtual cocktail competition, The Wenneker Swizzle Masters is designed to test bartenders’ abilities to create a great tasting, balanced and beautiful drink that can be recreated by anyone, anywhere in the world. Each round calls for a different base spirit and theme, with one constant: the use of at least a dash of Wenneker Liqueurs.
Over the next nine months, our talented panel of judges will meet to assess 10 shortlisted cocktails for each round, which will be adeptly recreated by an independent bartender.
Marks will be awarded based on how well the recipe sticks to the specified brief, the given name, presentation, aroma, taste, overall balance and how easy the drink is to make.
“2015 was a stellar year for Swizzlers and 2016 looks set to be even better, with a new line-up of base spirits to reflect current cocktail trends,” said Kristiane Sherry, editor of The Spirits Business.
“Swizzlers that succeed are genuine creatives with a real understanding of how flavour and aroma combine.
“The class of 2015 truly excelled and I can’t wait to see – and, of course, taste! – what 2016’s entrants have in store for our judging panel.”
The bartender behind each winning recipe will receive an honorary certificate and his or her recipe will be automatically entered into the semi-final in October.
From nine recipes, five semi-finalists will proceed to the grand final in November, when they will battle it out one last time for the Swizzle Master 2016 accolade.
The winner will receive a trophy, certificate, an annual subscription to The Spirits Business magazine and £1,000.
Although the deadline for January’s Smoky Mezcal round has now passed, all upcoming rounds are open for entry up until its deadline day. Please check our newly-updated rules page, found here, for more information: www.swizzlemasters.com/rules
Click through to the next page to discover the rounds and deadlines of The Wenneker Swizzle Masters heats in 2016, or click here to enter.
March: Tiki Rum
Recipes should be inspired by the tropical serves found in traditional Tiki cocktail bars. Ensure you complement the tropical fruit notes of Brugal Ron Blanco Especial White Rum. Deadline: 16 February
April: Bloody Mary Twist
Put an experimental spin on the classic Bloody Mary cocktail using Stolichnaya Vodka. Deadline: 10 March
May: Italian Apéritif
Take your lead from Italian culture and create a delicious apéritif using your choice of either Bianco or Rosso Martini vermouth. Deadline: 14 April
June: Summer Scotch
Create a delightfully refreshing long drink to sip in the shade, featuring Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood. Deadline: 12 May
July: Great British Gin
Take influence from all things quintessentially British and show us your own personal interpretation of the UK as you create an original cocktail using Greenall’s gin. Deadline: 9 June
August: Japanese Whisky Highball Twist
Take on this classic signature serve and make it your own – just be sure to use Nikka From The Barrel. Don’t let the simplicity of this serve throw you off – ingredients must be carefully considered, with an emphasis on the garnish. Deadline: 14 July
September: Art Deco Cognac
Look back to the ‘roaring twenties’ and create an elegant, classy and aesthetically pleasing cocktail using Courvoisier VSOP Cognac as the base spirit. Deadline 11 August
October: Asian Margarita
Accept the challenge of creating an Asian-inspired Margarita using Hong Kong Baijiu as the base spirit – remember to keep the drink balanced. Deadline: 8 September