What is the ‘CUP’ and why?

The Australian Gin Cocktail Cup is an independent competition founded by the Australian Gin Distillers Association in conjunction with one of Sydney’s leading bar owners and cocktail specialists Mikey Enright – Sydney’s highly awarded BarberShop Guru. The competition rides the Gin Distillers wave of popularity now sweeping not only Australia but the world. Open to NSW bar industry workers, they are invited to create a potentially winning cocktail using an Australian Craft Gin mixed with a choice of Premium Craft Mixers provided by lead sponsor The Artisan Drinks Company.

The Competition Chairman Says…

The CEO of the Australian Gin Distillers Association Judith Kennedy AM invited me to Chair ‘The Australian Gin Cocktail Cup’ in 2018 and now 2019. I feel it’s a great initiative to have an independent Gin focused cocktail competition.

Bartenders notified and chosen as finalists will be given a choice from 70+ Australian gin brands (most brands will be taking part in the Sydney Gin Palooza) to choose for their cocktail recipe. So this competition will not only give some independence to the bartender but also potentially create more awareness of the Australian Gin market.

This year we have partnered with Artisan Drinks Co as the official mixer sponsor. The new premium mixer that is now available in Australia and launched in the UK in 2018. The range has a Classic London, Skinny London (low cal), Violet Blossom, Agave Lemon & Pink Citrus Tonics.

Mikey Enright. Chairman –
Australian Gin Cocktail Cup 2019

The Three Judges

Jason Crawley
Internationally recognised Jason is one of the most successful and well-known personalities in the Australian industry as a bartender, ambassador and entrepreneur. He is the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Contribution at the Australian Bar Awards.

Andy Penny
Andy started his career at the Crow Bar which he was an owner and set the benchmark for cocktail bars in Australasia in the 1990s. In the 2000’s he tended the bar at the famed Milk and Honey in London and now he resides at The Dolphin Hotel in Sydney. He is a veteran of the industry bringing a wealth of knowledge in front and behind the bar.

Giacomo Franceschi
Born In Italy and learnt his craft of the cocktail at Soho House Group and the Ned London. He now resides in Sydney at Charlie Parkers of Merivale Group. He was crowned the winner of 2018 Australian Gin Cocktail Cup.

The Prize

The winner’s prize is a two night weekend at the luxurious Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort in the Blue Mountains. The prize includes ‘fully inclusive’ food and beverage, accommodation with private pool, activities and car hire – Sponsored by One&Only Resorts.

Entry Details

The Australian Gin Cocktail Cup invites you to complete the form below while giving thought to your most exciting Gin cocktail.

You are limited to a total of six ingredients from tinctures, shrubs, Vermouths, Liqueurs, native botanicals, Artisan tonic waters and an Australian Gin as the only spirit. It is mandatory to include an Australian native botanical either in the Gin itself or as an addition to the cocktail. Maybe choose fresh cherries, bush lime, river mint, rose petals, elder flower, cinnamon myrtle or peppermint gum leaf as well as an Artisan ‘flavoured or unflavoured’ tonic water.
So only three ingredients are mandatory, an Australian Gin, Artisan tonic and a native botanical. A few steps below and dates for your diary…

Monday 2nd September – Register your interest/RSVP for the Open Day.
Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th September 12-4pm – Open Day at the Barber Shop (Bartenders will pick a bottle of Australian Gin and a selection of 5 tonic waters for their cocktail creation).
Monday 30th September – Cocktail recipe, image and video submitted.
Friday 4th October – Selection process with the judges panel – 6 finalists will be announced online.
Monday 14th October – Cocktail Competition (6 finalists) at The Barber Shop and winner will be announced.

To register/attend the Barbershop ‘OPEN DAY’ click here and email us your details.

Our Lead Sponsor

The Artisan Drinks Company.

100% Natural Tonics Include:

  • Classic London Tonic
  • Skinny London Tonic
  • Violet Blossom Tonic
  • Pink Citrus Tonic
  • Agave Lemon Tonic

Find out more at: www.artisandrinks.com

Enter Here

Please have your video and still image ready to upload before completing this entry form.

  • Instructions on how to upload your entry will be explained once you submit this entry form. You will require the following;
    • One JPG or PNG still image of your Cocktail.
    • 45 - 60 second video of the process to create your Cocktail.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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