New England Cocktail Conference Cocktail Competition

sponsored by Absolut Vodka, Plymouth Gin and Olmeca Altos Tequila. 


Rules for Entry:

All contestants must be over 21 years of age at the time of entry.

Contestants must be current USBG members in good standing. 

Original recipes must be submitted by May 10, 2016.

Contestants must be able to appear in person on June 5, 2016 in Portland, ME to compete in the live competition. 


Rules for the Competition:

All cocktails must be original (from one’s own mind), unpublished or copied from elsewhere.

You must use at least 2 ounces of at least one of the sponsor spirits: Olmeca Altos, Plymouth Gin, Plymouth Sloe Gin and Absolut Vodka (no flavors). 

All recipes must specify cocktail name, each ingredient with amount, build instructions, glassware and garnish.

All recipes must include a 2-4 sentence description of the drink and/or the inspiration for it.



Entries will be selected anonymously by a panel of sponsor-selectred judges and narrowed down to 8 finalists. These finalists will make their drinks live on June 5, 2016 for a panel of judges and one winner will be chosen. 


During the live contest each person will be required to make 3 of their cocktails for each judge. They will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Originality of drink (30%)
  • Overall taste (30%)
  • Balance (20%)
  • Presentation of cocktail (glassware, garnish, appearance) (10%)
  • Interaction with judges while making the cocktail (10%)


The winner will receive $500 and a Vitamix.

Email all entries to by May 10, 2016. Finalists will be notified by May 20, 2016.