The Cotswolds Classic Cocktail Competition GB

Posted on May 07, 2019

Would you like to win £1000 in cash and become a part time Brand Ambassador for the Cotswolds Distillery? If so...then don't miss out on our new and exciting cocktail competition!



We're giving bartenders in Great Britain the chance to showcase their creativity by using our award-winning Cotswolds Dry Gin and Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky in our first ever nationwide cocktail competition. All you need to do is design two cocktail serves - one long, one short - for the chance to receive some incredible prizes.

Once we've had a look through your cocktail creations, we'll choose six lucky bartenders within each region to attend a final in the following cities: Bath, Birmingham, Cheltenham, London, Manchester and Oxford. Bartenders will be asked to make their two unique cocktail serves in front of a panel of judges who will award points for creativity, knowledge of the products, technical ability and flavour. The winner of each regional final will be announced on the day, and will be awarded a Magnum of our Cotswolds Dry Gin, as well as a place in the grand final here at the Cotswolds Distillery on the 17th August.


The six finalists from each regional final will then present their cocktails once more in the grand final at the distillery, and the first, second and third winners will be announced.


Read below for more details on how to enter, important dates and terms and conditions - good luck!


First Prize
£1000 in cash and and a one year 'Brand Ambassador' contract with the Cotswolds Distillery (T&Cs apply)


Second Prize
A day spent in the Cotswolds Distillery Research & Development Lab


Third Prize
A luxury overnight stay in the Cotswolds with dinner for two included


Regional Final Winners
A 1.5L Magnum size bottle of our Cotswolds Dry Gin


Bartenders must design two cocktail serves:

  • one LONG cocktail (i.e Highball/Spritz - diluted, refreshing etc.)
  • one SHORT cocktail (i.e Manhattan/Martini - stirred down, strong)
  • one cocktail must include our Cotswolds Dry Gin as the base
  • the other cocktail must include our Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky as the base
  • minimum of 30ml Cotswolds Gin or Whisky per cocktail
  • maximum of 2 homemde ingredients per cocktail
  • maximum of 6 ingredients per cocktail
  • both cocktails must be designed with the brand ethos in mind - 'Outstanding Natural Spirits' 

    Entries must be sent to including the following:

    • your full name
    • the bar you work in and its location
    • your contact details (phone number and email address)
    • photos of your two cocktail serves
    • ingredients, measurements and method of your cocktail serves

    Feel free to share your cocktails on social media for a chance to be featured on ours!

    #CotswoldsDistillery #CotswoldsClassic #CotswoldsGin #CotswoldsWhisky 

    Open to entries: 7th May  Cheltenham regional final: 18th June
    Entries deadline: 31st May  London regional final: 19th June
    Regional finalists announced: 3rd June Manchester regional final: 19th June
    Bath regional final: 18th June Oxford regional final: 20th June
    Birmingham regional final: 17th June Grand final: 17th August


    Over 18's only.
    One entry per bartender.
    Mainland GB bartenders only.
    Bartenders must be able to attend both dates for their regional final and the grand final.
    Bars must have both Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky and Cotswolds Dry Gin stocked in order for their bartenders to be eligible for the competition. 
    Bartenders to provide ingredients, bespoke glassware and garnish for their cocktails.
    Final prize one year 'Brand Ambassador' contract is part-time and consists of a minimum of 6 events with the Cotswolds Distillery.
    Grand finalists will be provided accommodation and travel expenses.


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