Castle & Key Virtual
Cocktail Competition

Our 2020 theme is Summer Staycation — cocktails inspired by summer destinations.

Summer 2020 looks a lot different than what we’re used to, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be a Castle & Key summer! While we’d all prefer to be heading out on vacation, many of us are settling for staycations.

This year, we’re calling on all bartenders from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana to create cocktail recipes inspired by summer vacation destinations. From tikis and tonics to punches and fizzes, we challenge you to create a custom recipe highlighting our Restoration Release Gin.

Once ready, submit your recipe through the form below and post a video to your Instagram account showcasing your unique recipe. Cocktail evaluation will be done by Jon Yeager of Pour Taste. Make sure to tag @castleandkey and use the hashtag #castleandkeysummer to complete your entry! Our audience will be able to watch these videos and try to recreate them at home before casting their vote for the People’s Choice Award.

  • Open to bartenders in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. Must be a service industry professional to enter
  • Cocktail recipes must be inspired by a vacation destination
  • Cocktail recipe must use at least 1.5 oz Castle & Key Restoration Release Gin and highlight flavors found in Castle & Key Restoration Release Gin
  • Cocktail recipe must not contain more than 7 ingredients including fruit juices, syrups, drops or dashes (garnishes are not considered ingredients)
  • All ingredients must be easily sourced
  • All homemade ingredients must be easily replicated
  • Recipes which can be easily replicated are preferred and it is suggested to use ingredients that are readily available and commonly found
  • Recipes must be the original creation of the competitor
  • Entries must be submitted through the form below
  • Competitors must post a 2 minute maximum video to Instagram of them making the cocktail, tag @castleandkey, and use the hashtag #castleandkeysummer
  • 1st place: $1,500
  • People’s Choice Award: $1,000
  • Other 8 finalists: $100
Submissions are currently being evaluated. Once the top 10 recipes have been announced, we will open voting for the People's Choice Cocktail!

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