Words by: Sammy Hemmings
Photography by: Iñaki Vinaixa Photography
In its 12th year, Sherry Wines once again hosts their search to discover America’s best sherry cocktail.
The nationwide competition showcases the versatility and diversity of sherry wine as talented bartenders compete for their drink to be named America’s ultimate sherry cocktail 2018. You’re asked to use sherry styles from the bodegas in Jerez in your cocktail, and it must also be currently featured on a bar / restaurant menu or bar cocktail program.
The champion will win 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. On top of that, the winner will be awarded a scholarship to the acclaimed Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR) 5-day program in New York City.
To enter, head over to the online form where you’ll be asked to submit the following details:
- The cocktail recipe
- The garnish
- The glassware
Alongside your cocktail details, you’ll also need to submit:
- Why your cocktail is great
- When and how to serve
- The exact preparation
- The perfect food pairing and why
Lastly, you must provide:
- A copy/image of the cocktail menu where the cocktail is offered and served
- An image of the cocktail
- A link to the video of yourself making the drink, and explaining why your cocktail is great, when to serve, preparation, and the perfect food pairing; please post it using #sherrycocktailComp
The deadline for submissions is 20 August 2018.
There’s always insight to be gained from past successes, so have a read up on some of the previous winners below to see why these sherry based cocktails were named America’s best.
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
2014's winning cocktail "The Pyrenees" by Lacy Hawkins, Clover Club in Brooklyn, NY