The Spirit of Innovation - National Cocktail Competition 2018

The Spirit of Innovation - National Cocktail Competition 2018

We're proud to launch our first ever National Cocktail Competition - The Spirit of Innovation.

We challenge you to innovate with our gins, vodkas, whiskies & aperitifs.

To enter, submit your signature serve (name & recipe), embracing 'The Spirit of Innovation' to before 28th August.

The Small Print

The Heats

Each competitor will have 10 minutes to produce a signature serve embracing 'The Spirit of Innovation'. This should include a minimum of 35ml of Sacred product. There are no other limits.

You will then have a further 5 to make a drink using a minimum of 35ml from the Sacred low-abv range (English Vermouths, Rosehip Cup, Sloe Gin), with a maximum of 3 ingredients.

Marks will be given for taste, presentation, knowledge, innovation (signature serve) and simplicity (low-abv).

The winner of each heat will take away a liquid prize along with their place in the final, joined by the runner up. 


4th September: The Edgbaston, Birmingham, guest judge Carl Hawkins

5th September: Cane & Grain, Manchester, guest judge Lyndon Higginson

11th September: The Blind Pig, Soho, guest judge Paul Bradley

12th September: Cocktail Trading Company, Brick Lane, guest judge Paul Mathew

The Final

10th October: Sacred at The Star, Highgate, London


Ian Hart, Founder & Distiller, Sacred Spirits

Alessandro Palazzi, Head Bartender, Dukes

Remy Savage, Head Bartender, The Artesian

4th Judge, TBC

You will produce your signature serve, compete in a mystery box round and a distillate identification test.

The Prize

The overall winner will return to the Sacred Distillery for a day to develop a limited edition gin (with their name on the label), available exclusively to their bar and at the Sacred Distillery. Of course, they'll also receive a case of the gin themselves!

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