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The Tenzing Coupe Cocktail Competition is back!

  • Tenzing Wine & Spirits 165 North Morgan Street Chicago, IL, 60607 United States (map)



Monday, September 24th, 2018  ➢  11am-4pm

It’s back! “Chicago’s Greatest Cocktail Competition” is just around the corner. If you’d like to compete, please see the rules and requirements listed below. The deadline to apply is Monday, September 10th at midnight.


 First Place: $3500

Second Place: $1000

Third Place: $500



All cocktail recipes must be submitted by Monday, September, 10th at midnight. Cocktails can be submitted through the application link provided at

Any submissions received after midnight will not be considered to compete.



  1. All spirits, wines, sake, or alcoholic beverages used in the production of cocktails must come from the Tenzing Wine & Spirits portfolio.  These Tenzing products will be provided for competitors on the day of the competition.

  2. No homemade ingredients are allowed. Bitters, syrups, tonics and flavored sodas need to come from the Tenzing Wine & Spirits portfolio.

  3. Competitors must bring all of their own tools, This includes but is not limited to: shakers, jiggers, strainers, tea strainers, pour spouts, syrup bottles, bitters decanters, tweezers, picks, straws, etc.

  4. Juices, raw ingredients, fruit and herbs are allowed but will not be provided. Competitors are responsible for all ingredients that are not a part of the Tenzing Wine & Spirits portfolio.

  5. Competitors should bring enough ingredients, juices and garnishes to produce at least 4 complete cocktails (2 for competition, 2 for photographs).

  6. Competitors must provide their own glassware.

  7. All garnishes edible (or inedible) must fit in or on a cocktail glass. All garnishes must be provided by competitors. Presentation is being judged.

  8. Garnishes can be prepared before the competition.

  9. Each cocktail must be named. No lewd cocktail names.

  10. No fire or open flame can be used in the execution of a cocktail.

  11. Each competitors will have access to a standard 120V electrical outlet for cocktail production. Use of the outlet must be specified in recipe submission.

  12. Cocktail submissions will be tasted and reviewed blindly.

  13. 40 competitors selected to compete will be notified on September 17th.



  1. All judging will be executed blindly.

  2. Judges will consist of certified cicerones, certified sommeliers, cocktail industry professionals, food/drink media members, chefs, and cocktail enthusiasts.

  3. Competitors must make 2 of their selected cocktail. One will be reviewed by the judges; the other will be used for photographs.

  4. Each contestant will have 5 minutes to execute 2 of their selected cocktail.

  5. There will be 8 heats of 5 competitors.

  6. Each competitor will have an assigned presentation time. Assigned times will be chosen at random and will be distributed to competitors on September 17th.

  7. There will be 3 rounds of judging:

➢ 3 judges for the first 20 competitors

➢ 3 judges for the second 20 competitors

➢ 6 judges for the 10 finalists

➢ All the judges will come together and collectively vote on the top 3 winners



➢  Presentation (garnish, glassware, and cocktail name) 10 pts

➢  Taste (aroma, flavor, and balance)  20 pts

➢  The ten contestants with the highest total points will make their cocktail again in the finals.



Tenzing provides a space to work on your cocktails at the Tenzing Bar at 165 N. Morgan St.



Please email all queries to


The competition is organized by Small Talk Hospitality, LLC and sponsored by Tenzing Wine & Spirits.