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Ohio’s Best Bartender Contest

Buckeye Bar Expo planners are excited to announce Ohio’s Best Bartender contest to be held at the 2018 Buckeye Bar Expo on October 15, 2018.  The Grand Prize is $2,000.00 and $500.00 goes to the second place contestant.

Click Here to Register for the Ohio’s Best Bartender Contest

Structure of Contest, Rules and Times

Heat 1: 3 p.m.

Heat 2: 3:45 p.m.

Heat 3: 4:30 p.m.

Heat 4: 5:15 p.m.

Heat 5: 6 p.m.

Final : 7 p.m.

Each contestant will have a station set up with a collection of beverages and mixers to make cocktails with. The station will have all necessary glassware and utensils. No shot glasses or pour stoppers will be provided, nor are they to be used.

Each heat will begin with a representative of the OLBA drawing 3 drinks—featuring Ketel One Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon and Don Julio Tequila. The judge will announce the drinks, and with a signal from the contest timer, the contest will begin. At that time, contestants will be tasked with producing three cocktails which will be judged on speed, accuracy and taste. No outside ingredients, other than those provided by the contest, may be used to produce the cocktails.

Speed. When a bartender is finished making the drink, they will place it in a designated spot at their station. The first contestant to place all three drinks in the designated location will receive 5 points, the second fastest bartender will receive 4 points, third place 3 points, fourth place 2 points and the last (slowest) contestant to do so will receive 1 point.

Accuracy. When all contestants have finished preparing their drinks, Bevinco will measure the bottles to determine how closely each bartender was to the targeted amounts. The bartenders will again be awarded points from 5 to 1 based on the most accurate to the least.

Presentation. Each drink will be rated on presentation, including the use of the proper glassware and garnish. This category will also be rated from 5 to 1; however, multiple contestants will be able to score the same number.

Workspace. Each contestant will be judged on the organization and cleanliness of their workspace. Points will be deducted for spillage and disorganization while preparing cocktails.

Taste. Finally, the contestant’s cocktails will be blindly judged by the tasting judge who will award 5 points to the cocktail that they deem the best and 1 point to their least favorite according to the same scale. The totals of each of the sections will be added together to produce each contestants final score. The winner of the heat will be the competitor with the highest combined total.

Final Round Mystery Basket.

The structure of the final round will be exactly the same as the qualifying heats except contestants will be given a mystery basket with the ingredients which they may use to produce a cocktail which will be judged on taste.

The final round will also have three judges to judge the taste of the cocktail. The judges scores will be aggregated together to produce to contestants score for the taste category.

The grand champion and winner of $2,000 will be announced immediately.

RECIPES

Below are the recipes that will be selected for all the first round cocktails. One of each category will be drawn for each heat.

DON JULIO TEQUILA

DON JULIO PALOMA

INGREDIENTS

1½oz     Don Julio Blanco

1oz        Fresh Grapefruit Juice

½oz       Fresh Lime Juice

½oz       Agave Nectar

Splash of Soda Water

Grapefruit Peel or Lime Wedge

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Combine Don Julio Blanco, fresh Grapefruit Juice, fresh Lime Juice, and Agave Nectar into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well and Strain into a glass over ice.
  3. Add a splash of soda water.
  4. Garnish with grapefruit peel or lime wedge.

DON JULIO MANZITI MULE

INGREDIENTS

1.5oz     Don Julio Blanco Tequila

1.0oz     Fresh Pressed Apple Juice

0.5oz     Fresh Lemon Juice

0.5oz     Ginger Syrup

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Combine Don Julio Blanco Tequila , fresh pressed apple juice, lemon juice and ginger syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Shake well
  3. Strain into a Collins glass over ice
  4. Top with soda water

Garnish with apple fan (3-4 thinly sliced apples joined on one end)

Ideal Serving Glass: Collins glass

BULLEIT BOURBON

BULLEIT KENTUCKY MULE

INGREDIENTS

1.25oz   Bulleit Bourbon (1.25 O.z.)

0.5oz     Fresh Lime Juice (.5 O.z.)

1top       Ginger Ale (1 Top)

1wedge Lime (1)

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Build drink in a copper cup.
  2. Stir.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge.

BULLEIT OLD FASHIONED

INGREDIENTS

1.25oz   Bulleit Bourbon

2 bar spoons Simple Syrup

3 dashes Bitters (3 Dashes)

Orange Peel (1)

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Add two bar spoons of simple syrup, three dashes of bitters and Bulleit Bourbon to a large rocks glass.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Stir gently until the level of the ice and liquid equalize.
  4. Zest an orange peel over the glass then add the peel to the drink as a garnish.

KETEL ONE VODKA

CITROEN COSMOPOLITAN

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Ketel One Citroen® Flavored Vodka

0.75 oz. cranberry juice

0.75 oz. fresh lime juice

0.25 oz. simple syrup

HOW TO MAKE

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

ORANJE SMASH

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Ketel One Oranje® Flavored Vodka

0.25 oz. agave nectar

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

0.5 oz. simple syrup

2 slices navel oranges

1 dash orange bitters

HOW TO MAKE

Muddle oranges and agave nectar in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Roll into a Collins glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

 

Not only will the winner receive a cash prize, but there will also be a trophy for the winner and a plaque for your bar so you and your patrons can remember the experience for years to come.