The Giffard West Cup 2022 U.S. Cocktail Competition is accepting entries now and 2 winners will represent the United States in a global cocktail competition this September in the Loire Valley!
This exciting competition only happens every 2 years and is an awesome opportunity for professional bartenders to get creative and show off their cocktail creation skills! Bartenders, age 21 and up, from all 50 states or Puerto Rico who are currently working at a hotel, restaurant, or bar can enter this competition. This year, the theme of the competition is cocktails inspired by music. The deadline for this contest is May 16th, 2022 and the winners will be announced on July 5th, 2022.
Before you start experimenting away, here are the official rules that you should review first!
- Liqueurs Matter: Giffard liqueurs have to represent at least 50% of the total alcoholic volume of your cocktail.
- Keep it old school: Method must be easily replicated by our judges.
- Be Original: If a cocktail is thought to have plagiarized a known, existing cocktail they will be disqualified.
- Two is better than one: Your cocktail may include more than one Giffard liqueur or syrup.
- Don’t complicate things: No custom ingredients allowed, e.g. syrups, tinctures, or homemade bitters; ingredients must be available commercially.
- Sometimes one is better than two: Competitors may only submit ONE recipe and, yes, we’ll have to disqualify you if you submit two.
- If it’s not listed here: See Giffard Products … then you can’t use it; Giffard ingredients used in cocktails must be available in the U.S. or Puerto Rico. (No other competitor brands of syrups or liqueurs should be used. Homemade liqueurs and syrups are forbidden. Other homemade ingredients are allowed as long as the flavor is not provided by the Giffard Range. In case a Giffard syrup is not available in your market, you can use another product of the market for the local selection without any mention about the brand and use a non-branded bottle. This product will be replaced by the Giffard one for the finale. Only individual ingredients that are milk or fat washed and foams are allowed, not the whole drink.)
- Keep garnishes edible: Garnishes must be edible but may be mounted on sticks, skewers, forks, or other such common bar accessories. Use of edible fruits, herbs, leaves, and spices including sprigs, peels, barks, fruit shells, etc. Any flowers and petals used must be of an edible variety.
- Stay classy: Drink names including rude, lurid, sexual words, or words associated with narcotics are prohibited.