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 'opt-out'.
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.
Judges will have 7 days to review candidates and submit their votes.
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 from each category will be posted at www.TalesoftheCocktail.com in alphabetical order on Friday, June 9, 2017. The top 4 Finalists in each category will be announced via Facebook Live and then later posted on the www.TalesoftheCocktail.com on Friday, June 16, 2017. The top 4 Finalists will be invited to attend the 11th Annual Spirited Awards® Ceremony on Saturday, July 22, 2017 in New Orleans.