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Bring Your Best at the Bartenders Challenge

What better way to taste Savannah’s hidden talents than with four semi-final rounds of superb cocktails? It’s time to shake things up with the 2016 Bartenders Challenge!

Bartenders can choose from the semi-final rounds listed below, and enter up to four categories. The winner of each semi-final round will have the chance to win a $1,000 grand prize. Each category winner will receive $200. Do we have your attention yet?

Semi-final Rounds:


Sunday, September 18

Tequila & Liqueur Rounds, sponsored by Corralejo Tequila and Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream

Five Oaks Taproom at Hotel Indigo, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM


Monday, September 19

Sake & Vodka Rounds, sponsored by SakeOne and Absolut Vodka

Five Oaks Taproom at Hotel Indigo, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM


Sunday, September 25

Bourbon & Gin Rounds, sponsored by Four Roses Bourbon and Old Fourth Gin

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM


Monday, September 26

Rum & Whiskey Rounds, sponsored by Brugal Rum and The Famous Grouse Whiskey

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM


Participating bartenders will be evaluated by a panel of highly esteemed cocktail professionals on the following:

  • Cocktail recipe (creativity, thoughtfulness, marriage of ingredient flavors)
  • Knowledge of the brand
  • Bartending skills
  • Personality and presentation


Are your creative juices flowing now?


Entering is easy, and space is limited to the first seven bartenders to enter each category. Simply submit your one-of-a-kind recipe with a list of ingredients, the process, and a drink name by September 9, 2016 to


Want to be ahead of the game? Submit a photo of your cocktail for an extra point on your score in the semi-final round.


All category winners will compete at the Secret Savannah Speakeasy on November 10, 2016 for the People’s Choice Award, and the overall winner will be determined by a panel of judges in a closed event at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa on November 10, 2016 before the Grand Reserve Tasting.


What are you waiting for? Enter your recipe here, and prove to Savannah you’re the best bartender around.




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