The USBG “Make It Exotico” Cocktail Competition to Host Semifinal Event in Portland on June 6
Winner will win trip to Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans to compete in final
round of national competition for the grand prize: an all-expense trip to
Exotico Tequila’s distillery in Jalisco, Mexico
PORTLAND, Ore. (May 22, 2017) – The USBG “Make It Exotico” Cocktail Competition is coming to Portland. This cocktail competition invites mixologists from across the U.S. to submit their best cocktail recipe using Exotico Blanco or Exotico Reposado 100% agave tequilas as the base spirit. The finalists will win an all-expense paid trip to Tales of the Cocktail 2017 in New Orleans, where they will compete for the grand prize: an all-expense paid trip to Jalisco, Mexico, to visit Exotico Tequila’s distillery, Destiladora González González.
WHAT: The USBG “Make It Exotico” Cocktail Competition, Portland Semifinal Event
WHEN: Tuesday, June 6, 2017; 6-8 p.m.
WHERE: The Fremont Theater, 2393 NE Fremont St., Portland, OR 97212
DETAILS: The event is free to attend and open to the public, space permitting. Mixologists have submitted their cocktail entries online, and a panel of expert USBG (United States Bartenders’ Guild) judges have narrowed down the entries to 10 semifinalists for each of the six competition cities: Nashville, Tenn.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Denver, Colo.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle, Wash.; and Charleston, S.C.
At the six semifinal events, participants will each have a maximum of seven minutes to make their cocktails live for four judges, who will judge on appearance, aroma, creativity, taste and overall impression. Judges – who will include USBG professionals, tequila and cocktail experts, and local media personalities – will determine one winner at each semifinal event. The semifinal winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans to compete in the final round of the competition.
A crowd-favorite cocktail, as voted on by the audience, will also be determined at each semifinal event.
The six winners from each of the semifinal events will advance to the final competition at Tales of the Cocktail. There, the finalists will once again create their cocktails live for the judging panel, which will taste the cocktails and determine the Grand Prize Winner based on the same judging criteria as the semifinal competitions.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to Destiladora González González, Exotico Tequila’s distillery in Jalisco, Mexico, where the winner and a guest will receive a private tour of the distillery.
The competition is open to all U.S. bartenders. Full competition rules and regulations can be found at: https://usbartendersguild.formstack.com/forms/make_it_exotico_competition.
- Nashville, TN: April 18
- Philadelphia, PA: May 9
- Denver, CO: May 16
- Portland, OR: June 6
- Seattle, WA: June 13
- Charleston, SC: June 27
- Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, LA: July 19
The USBG “Make It Exotico” Cocktail Competition is organized by the United States Bartenders’ Guild and sponsored by Exotico Tequila. This is the competition’s inaugural year.
About Exotico Tequila
Handcrafted with tradition by the Gonzalez Family, one of Mexico’s most respected makers of tequila, the award-winning Exotico Tequila is made from premium 100% Blue Weber agave grown in the Highlands of Jalisco. Available in Blanco and Reposado, each bottle of Exotico Tequila is crafted with care as a way to honor all spirits unbound. Follow Exotico on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/exoticotequila and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/exoticotequila or visit http://exoticotequila.com.