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2015 Official Cocktail Competition - Tales of the Cocktail

Row of frozen daiquiri machines
The Frozen Daiquiri is traditionally served in a Styrofoam go-cup.

Tales of the Cocktail® 2015 Official Cocktail Competition: Deaux the Daiquiri

Tales of the Cocktail® is challenging bartenders from around the world to reimagine the classic Frozen New Orleans Daiquiri for the chance of being honored as this year’s official cocktail.

Submit Your Cocktail Now!

NEW ORLEANS – April 6, 2015—For the 2015 Cocktail Competition, Tales of the Cocktail® is getting back to its New Orleans roots by celebrating one of the city’s most renowned and infamous cocktails: The Frozen Daiquiri. Bartenders from around the world are encouraged to submit their wildest and most original frozen daiquiri recipes for the chance of having their drink named as the official cocktail of Tales of the Cocktail® 2015. The winning bartender will receive a cash prize and be honored throughout Tales of the Cocktail® 2015 for bringing new life to one of New Orleans’ oldest drinking traditions. The deadline to submit recipes is Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

“This is our seventh year of hosting the official cocktail competition. It was about time we honored the frozen daiquiri,” said Ann Tuennerman, Founder of Tales of the Cocktail®. “There may not be a better drink to celebrate Tales of the Cocktail in the middle of July than a tall, icy and delicious daiquiri.”

While creativity is a necessity to win the Official Cocktail Competition, submissions must stay within these three guidelines:

1. Select your base spirit from our list of participating partner spirits (note: you’re not limited to a single spirit).

2. Build on that with flavors and a sweetener. (Additional alcoholic ingredients must be from the partners list). Be creative! An entry does not need to be sweet and fruity, but could embrace a classic cocktail profile or venture into unfamiliar terrain.

3. It doesn’t matter how you get there, but your drink must have a frozen, slushy consistency. (Think: Go-cup, straw, 90 degrees, 100% humidity.) The winning drink will be served at Tales of the Cocktail® from a frozen drink machine.

Tales of the Cocktail® has enlisted the help of four cocktail experts to serve on the judging panel. Wayne Curtis is the author of And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails, a look at the long and ignoble history of America’s most reviled spirit. Michal R. Anderson is the account manager of Hawthorn Beverage Group, and Cocktail Consultant for Celebrity Cruises. Jeffrey Morgenthaler is author of The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique and Bar Manager of Clyde Common and Pépé Le Moko. And Sarah Baird is author of Kentucky Sweets: Bourbon Balls, Spoonbread, and mile High Pie and is also the food editor and restaurant critic for the New Orleans Gambit.

“There's no doubt each imaginative, frosty creation will be (in the immortal words of Outkast) ‘cooler than a polar bear's toenails,’” said Sarah Baird. “I look forward to discovering which daiquiris are cooler than cool. Maybe cold.”

The roots of the frozen daiquiri can be traced to a small mom‘n’ pop liquor shop outside of New Orleans. In 1979, proprietors Red and Hazel Williams were looking for a way to use leftover Tequila Sunrise mix so they threw it in a blender with some ice and offered the concoction as a special at the counter. The drink became such a hit they would have to move on from conventional blenders. Dolph Williams began manufacturing his own line of machines capable of blending up mass quantities and real estate developer David Briggs took notice. He began using the Williams Machines and founded “New Orleans Original Daiquiris” in 1983. His Bourbon street location gained attention by offering samples to passing tourists. Since then locals and tourists have been walking from place to place with that infamous oversized Styrofoam cup filled with numerous flavors of a frozen beverage aimed to please.

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Official Rules for the Tales of the Cocktail® Official Cocktail Competition:

● Competition is open to any bartender currently working in the bar, restaurant or spirits industry.

● Each participant shall use the official entry form HERE

● Recipe submissions shall be original creations.

● Recipes shall be expressed in ounces, drops, or dashes and scaled for a single serving.

● Your cocktail must utilize at least one of the participating products.

● You can use more than one spirit in your daiquiri.

● Recipe must include a detailed description of the garnish if there is one.

● All ingredients utilized should be expected to be available to most bars or easily acquired/made.

● All ingredients should be available year-round, so nothing too seasonal. And all ingredients should be obtainable — or should be able to be made from scratch — without undue difficulty or expense anywhere within the continental US.

● Cocktails made with inappropriate ingredients will be disqualified with determination of what constitutes an inappropriate ingredient up to the discretion of the staff of Tales of the Cocktail® and the judging committee.

● Cocktails will be judged on Originality, Use of product, Taste, and Presentation.

● You do not need to be present to compete or win.

Participating Products:

Amarena Fabbri Cherries

Bacardi USA

Bayou Satsuma Rum Liqueur

Bayou Select Rum

Bayou Silver Rum

Bayou Spiced Rum

Lucky Falernum- broVo Spirits

Caliche Rum

Caña Brava Rum

Fee Brother’s

Flor de Cana

Gosling’s Rum

Novo Fogo Barrel-Aged Cachaca

Novo Fogo Chameleon Cachaca

Novo Fogo Silver Cachaca

Novo Fogo Tanager Cachaca

Old New Orleans Rum

Papa’s Pilar Dark and Blonde Rums

Perfect Puree

Plantation Pineapple Rum

Plantation Rum

Première Canne

Pusser’s Rum

Rhum Barbancourt

Rhum Clement

Rhum JM

Roman Candy Rum

Sailor Jerry Rum

Wild Hibiscus & Hibiscus Rose Extracts

Timeline for the Tales of the Cocktail® Official Cocktail Competition 2015:

  • Wednesday May 13, 2015: Deadline to submit recipes
  • Tuesday, June 9, 2015: Winner and top three announced

The winning recipes will receive the following:

● First prize-winner will receive $1,000 cash and be the “Official Cocktail” of Tales of the Cocktail® 2015

● Official Cocktail will be in the Toast to Tales of the Cocktail® Press Conference and in the official program.

● The Winning recipe will be featured with photography in the official Tales of the Cocktail® 2015 program

● Winning recipe will be featured in on and featured in the Tales of the Cocktail® newsletter which reaches over 27,000 readers.


Previous Official Cocktail Competition Winners include:


Joseph Cammarata, Boston, MA

"Hurricane Caesar"

2013 Jacob Grier, Portland, OR "Portland Rickey"

2012 Dominic Venegas, New York, NY "Rum Row"

2011 Eric Simpkins, Atlanta, GA "Rangoon Gin Fizz"

2010 Evan Martin, Seattle, WA "Death in the South Pacific"

2009 Maksym Pazuniak, Brooklyn, NY "Creole Julep"

About Tales of the Cocktail®

The Spirits Are Calling. Will you answer? They’re calling you to New Orleans for five days of seminars, tastings, product launches, competitions, networking events and so much more at the world's premier professional cocktail event. By just being a part of this spirited gathering you’ll help your fellow cocktail professionals around the world. Funds from Tales of the Cocktail® are invested back into the industry through scholarships, tuition reimbursements, training programs and financial aid. So join us as the international spirits community answers the call, returning for another spirited round of Tales of the Cocktail®.

About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society

The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS) is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the unique cocktail culture in New Orleans and around the world. Every year the NOCCPS produces a number of events including Tales of the Cocktail®, Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour, and Tales of the Toddy® with proceeds being invested back into the international spirits community through scholarships, training programs and financial aid.







Ann Tuennerman, 504-948-0511,


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