About

Bols Cocktail Battle

Bols is challenging professional bartenders to create Disco Cocktails that have a modern twist to lift the category from the cocktails of the 1970s and 1980s into today's bartending era.

17 winners will be invited on a 3-day trip to the Netherlands/Amsterdam.

From the 1950s' Blue Hawaii, the Slow Screw, the Sex on the Beach, through to the Porn Star Martini, Disco Drinks are back. So fittingly, Disco Cocktails are the theme for the 2024 Bols Cocktail Battle.

Your Disco Cocktails should crave instant attention and be balanced and delicious. Think bright colours, disco balls and fun.

ENTER HERE

Prizes for all Finalists – everyone's a winner!

An expenses-paid celebratory trip for all national winners to the Netherlands for a Cocktail Fever inspirational program.

  • 3 days in Amsterdam
  • Training in the Bols Cocktail Academy
  • Visit to House of Bols
  • Visit to the Lucas Bols Distillery
  • Inspiring seminars
  • Fun team building activities
  • Networking with fellow bartenders
  • Memories and friendships which will last a lifetime

How to take part

  • Create a new iconic Disco Cocktail using a minimum of 30 ml/1 oz of at least one of the products on the permitted Bols product list.
  • Go wild on your ingredients; go colourful on your garnishes. Make your cocktail funky; make it groovy. Just keep in mind that your cocktail has to be served around the globe, so it must be easy to replicate.
  • Describe your cocktail and why this cocktail is going to be the next Bols Disco Cocktail in no more than 500 words.
  • Fill in the short online entry form, which will invite you to add your recipe to Difford's Guide.
  • Feel free to share your recipe on your socials. We would love to see you promote your entry on your Social Media channels, tag us @bolscocktails and use these hashtags to promote your drink #BolsCocktails #bols #Competition #Bartenders #BolsCocktailBattle #CocktailCompetition

Please see the full Terms and Conditions

  • One entry per person.
  • Cocktails based on less than seven ingredients are preferred, but there is no restriction on the number of ingredients.
  • Recipes entered must be expressed in millilitres or fluid ounces with the use of 'dashes' and/or 'drops' limited to bitters, hot pepper sauce and the like. Fruit quantities must also be stipulated, e.g. 'squeeze of lime' is unacceptable.
  • Homemade syrups and homemade infusions are permitted. As with other ingredients, when uploading your recipe, please click "Add a new ingredient" and then start typing the name of your ingredient. This will reveal a list of ingredients to select from. If your ingredient doesn't appear on the list, then please click "Can't find an ingredient?" (bottom right of box) and provide as much information as possible so we can make your homemade ingredient available for you to add to your recipe.
  • Deadline for entries is Friday, 17th May 2024, so please get your roller disco skates on.

Maximise your points

Your entry will be judged according to the following criteria, and the highest scorers will be invited to Local/regional finals in May/June 2024.

Originality and innovativeness of the cocktail: 20%
We are looking for the next Bols disco cocktail. Is this cocktail new and innovative, is this the cocktail of the future? Does it stand out, or is it one of many?

Practicality of the cocktail: 20%
Is the cocktail easily replicable? Any disco in the world should be able to make it.

Taste and aroma of the cocktail: 20%
We will be judging the taste and aroma of the cocktail, as well as the balance and its drinkability.

Expression of the spirit: 15%
How is the Bols product from the Bols product list used in this cocktail? Does the product's character and taste come through in the cocktail? Which flavour components of the Bols product did you emphasize?

Presentation of the drink: 25%
Disco is about looking good, about outshining your fellow dancers and standing out in the crowd. Is your drink the new showstopper? Make sure your drink looks its part. (In Austria, 'Presentation of the drink' will be scored out of 20%, with 5% awarded for using products from the Top Spirit portfolio in addition to Bols.)

Local/regional finals

The same rules and scoring criteria as above will apply.

You will be asked to make and present four servings of your Bols Disco Cocktail in 8 minutes.

Present your cocktail to the judges using your best storytelling skills. Why is your cocktail the next Bols Disco Cocktail? Use your creativity, imagination, props, music, or whatever you need to bring Bols Disco Fever to life.

Countries participating

You are invited to ENTER this competition if you are a professional bartender living and working in one of the following countries.

  • Netherlands & Belgium
  • Nordics - Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden
  • Albania
  • Austria
  • China
  • Gemany
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam

If you are a professional bartender living and working in one of the following four countries, then please contact your local distributor to enter.

  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Israel
  • Poland

Timings

Competition opens for entries: 1st April 2024

Entries close (varies by country:
- Nordics: 24th April
- Turkey: 30th April
- Austria: 8th May
- Romania: 8th May
- Albania: 10th May
- South Korea: 13th May
- Malaysia: 13th May
- All other countries: 17th May 2024

Local/regional final - End of May - June 2024

Celebration for national winners, who will attend Bols Cocktail Fever in Amsterdam: 15th to 18th September 2024

Bols Cocktail Battle image 1
Welcome to Difford's Guide

All editorial and photography on this website is copyright protected

© Odd Firm of Sin 2024