U.S. Sherry Cocktail Competition

Words by Sammy Hemmings

Photography by Iñaki Vinaixa Photography

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Sherry Wines challenges bartenders in the United States to create a sherry-based cocktail to be in with a chance of winning an all-expenses paid trip to Jerez, Spain or a scholarship to the Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR) program.

In its 13th year, Sherry Wines host their search to discover America's best sherry cocktail.

Showcasing the versatility and diversity of sherry wine, the nationwide competition invites bartenders to create a cocktail using styles from the bodegas in Jerez, which must also feature on a bar menu, for their chance to win an exciting trip to Spain or a scholarship to the Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR) program in New York.

Enter your sherry cocktail here before September 4th 2019.

How to enter

Simply, head over to the online form and fill out the following details:
• The cocktail recipe
• The garnish, glassware and method
• Style of sherry and name of bodega in Jerez

Alongside your cocktail recipe, you'll also need to submit:
• The perfect food pairing and why
• When and how to serve your drink
• Describe "why your cocktail is great"

Lastly, you must:
• Upload an image of your sherry cocktail
• Upload a photo of the bar menu where your cocktail is featured
• Post your photo on Instagram using #SherryCC19

The competition closes for entries on September 4th 2019.

The prize

The champion will have a choice between two prizes - an all-expenses paid trip to the city of Jerez in Spain, the home of sherry, where they will tour bodegas and the picturesque region of Andalucía, or a scholarship to the acclaimed Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR) 5-day program in New York City.

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Looking for inspiration?

There's always insight to be gained from past successes, so explore the previous winners below to see why these sherry-based cocktails were named America's best.

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"The Pyrenees" by Lacy Hawkins, Clover Club in Brooklyn, NY

2014's winning cocktail The Pyrenees by Lacy Hawkins
2015's winning cocktail Broken Spanish by Pietro Collina
2016's winning cocktail On the Vine On the Vine by Nathan O'Neill
2017's winning cocktail Calypso Cobbler by Sam Johnson
2018's winning cocktail Strange Encounters by Jarred Weigand

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"Strange Encounters" by Jarred Weigand, Death & Co. New York, photographed by Eric Medsker

Find out more about the 2019 U.S. Sherry Cocktail Competition here or follow #SherryCC19 on Instagram to view this year's cocktail submissions.

Good luck to all those who enter!