Voting Procedures

  • Upon receiving all of the nominees and information for each category, each judge will vote online using a ranking system of up to top 5 choices in each category. Judges are required to rank 5, otherwise, judges will choose to abstain from voting.
    • For each category, judges will be asked to make 5 weighted choices.
      • Choice 1 will be weighted with 5 points
      • Choice 2 will be weighted with 4 points
      • Choice 3 will be weighted with 3 points
      • Choice 4 will be weighted with 2 points
      • Choice 5 will be weighted with 1 point
  • Judges' votes will not be accepted unless all 5 choices were chosen.
  • Judges’ are instructed to only vote for those bars, people, products that they have visited, met or tasted.
  • Judges will have the option to check “not qualified to vote” in each category.
  • The winner will be the nominee in each category with the highest number of points. If there is a difference of five points or fewer between candidates in any category, there will be a re-vote among only those candidates.
  • The Top 10 Nominees will be announced via Tales of the Cocktail’s newsletter and on social media channels on Friday, June 15th, 2018.
  • The Top 4 Finalists will be announced via Tales of the Cocktail's newsletter and on social media channels on Friday, June 22nd, 2018.
  • The Top 4 Finalists will be invited to attend the 11th Annual Spirited Awards® Ceremony on Saturday, July 21st, 2018 in New Orleans.
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