Scapegrace’s Anonymous Cocktail Competition

Words by Sammy Hemmings

Photography by Scapegrace Gin

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Scapegrace Gin and Hi-Spirits announce their first UK cocktail competition: Anonymous – calling all bartenders to compete anonymously for title of best cocktail.

Scapegrace Gin invites UK bartenders (who work in a bar which stocks Scapegrace) to submit a cocktail recipe in rogue style online. The challenge is to score big, all whilst remaining anonymous.

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Enter the First Round

Head over to the competition's website to enter. Here's the list of what's required:

  • Firstly, you'll be scored on the originality of your drink. This is a whopping 50 points. To be considered for regional heats, you don't want to slack on this section.
  • Secondly, 25 points will be awarded to the appearance of your cocktail. So, it's important to take a photo, ensuring your cocktail looks its upmost best.
  • And lastly, creativity from inspiration will also account for 25 points. Who inspires you in the drinks industry? And then, which 'rogue' would you like to see make your drink - a musician, author or politician, perhaps? Name both for your chance to make it through to the next round.

So, fuel your creativity, craft a unique cocktail and win big on points for originality. Submissions will be accepted from 23rd July to the 13th August 2018.

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Second Round

The regional heats will commence on the following dates:

Glasgow - 28th August 2018
Manchester - 4th September 2018
Nottingham - 11th September 2018
Cardiff - 19th September 2018
London - 25th September 2018

The regionals will be judged on four categories: taste, originality, communication and appearance. This is where the unique aspect of this competition comes in to play; anonymity. You create the drink, someone else presents it and helps you avoid the sometimes unwanted pressure of presenting to a crowd. Therefore, each contestant will be judging their own cocktail alongside the other competing drinks on a level playing field. And they must remain anonymous until the very end of the competition.


The regional heat winners will be invited to attend the final on the 3rd October 2018 in London. It'll be an all-expenses paid trip with the opportunity to enjoy the delights of London Cocktail Week as well.

Again, each cocktail will go head to head in anonymous fashion until the ultimate winner is crowned.

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The Prize

Each regional winner will be treated to a night's stay in London, all-expenses paid. You'll join Josh Linfitt, Scapegrace's Ambassador, for dinner and drinks then will visit some of London's finest venues.

Aside from visiting London during London Cocktail Week to compete in the finals, the overall champion will also be gifted with a selection of the latest Scapegrace goodies. Not only that, but you'll be taken back to London for the night on the 9th November, with travel and accommodation paid for, along with two tickets to see Fat Freddy's Drop at the O2 Academy Brixton.

The competition is open. Submit your cocktails now.

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