Castle & Key
Cocktail Competition

Cocktail Competition

Enjoy an evening at Castle & Key Distillery for our second annual Cocktail Competition on July 25, 2019.

Bartenders from Kentucky and Tennessee will create modern twists on classic cocktails using Castle & Key Restoration Release Gin in attempts to honor history and challenge tradition. The top 10 finalists will be on-site to showcase their recipes for guests and compete for the grand prize.

Tickets include a sample of each cocktail, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music, and the chance to vote for the People’s Choice Cocktail.

Must be 21+ to attend.

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Competition Details

Much like our own heritage, gin’s past is complex, creative, and expansive. Demonstrated internationally in a wide variety of classic cocktails, gin has persisted into the modern area. With Castle & Key’s Restoration Release Gin, we have thoughtfully reimagined a historic product to focus on new and interesting flavors. This competition is a challenge to bartenders and mixologists to achieve the same by reimagining a classic cocktail in a contemporary way.

Hawthorn Beverage Group will narrow down the entries to 10 finalists, who will be announced by June 28th. On July 25th, the creators of the top 10 cocktails will be invited to Castle & Key Distillery for the competition finals. One grand prize winner will receive a trip to the first weekend of Austin City Limits, a $500 Castle & Key gift card, and a custom forged trophy from Maynard Studios.

2019 Judging Panel

  • Molly Wellmann – Acclaimed Mixologist and Bar Owner
  • Logan Griffin – Beverage Director, Blackberry Mountain

Day-of Details

  • Bartenders will make sample-size cocktails for 250 guests and will have a 5-minute window to present full-size cocktails to the judging panel.
  • Lunch, dinner, and transportation will be provided for contestants.


  • Every cocktail must predominantly highlight Castle & Key Restoration Release Gin.
  • Every cocktail must be inspired by a classic cocktail.
  • All tools must be provided by bartender at the competition.
  • All bartenders are encouraged to bring an assistant.
  • All submissions are due by June 10th, 2019.

The Grand Prize Winner Will Receive

  • A trip to the first weekend of Austin City Limits (October 4-7) in Austin, TX. Two festival passes, hotel, and airfare included.
  • A $500 Castle & Key gift card.
  • Custom forged trophy from Maynard Studios.

Submit a Recipe

  • 1. The entire contest and enjoyment of winnings is separate and apart from the regular relationship of industry member and trade buyer.
    2. The participants employer is aware of the employee participating.