Official Cocktail Competition

Moscow Mule Competiton

Tales of the Cocktail® 2017 Official Cocktail Competition
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2016 Event Information:

Tales of the Cocktail 2016 will be the year of the mule. The Moscow Mule to be exact. This classically refreshing cocktail has been kicking bar patrons right in the taste buds since the 1940s. This year we’re challenging bartenders from around the world to reimagine what this drink can be for the chance of having their creation named the Official Cocktail of Tales of the Cocktail 2016. Your recipe just needs to have a base spirit (doesn’t need to be vodka), ginger and some sort of effervescence. From there it’s up to you. The winning bartender will receive a cash prize, custom trophy created by Royer Corporation and be honored throughout Tales of the Cocktail 2016 for teaching this old mule some new tricks.

Follow these guidelines when concocting your submission to the 2016 Official Cocktail Competition:
- Each recipe should feature one or more spirits from the partner list provided. Bartenders can layer and split spirits as they see fit.
- Each recipe must include ginger. Here you can once again get creative within the framework of the recipe.
- Effervescence-bubbles in some form are key to a successful mule.


Alex Day, New York City
Owner, Proprietors LLC, The Walker Inn, The Normandie Club, Honeycut, 151, Nitecap, and Death & Co.

Jessica Gonzalez, New York City
Lantern's Keep, James Beard Nominee, Spirits and Events Consultant

Nicholas Jarrett, New Orleans
The Saint and Cure

Dan Sabo, Los Angeles
Director of Beverage & Bars at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Matt Seiter, St. Louis
Author-Dive Bar of Cocktail Bars

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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 online at
  • 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 cocktail.
  • Recipe must include a detailed description of the garnish if there is one.
  • Submitting a photo of your cocktail with the recipe is optional.
  • 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.

The winning recipe will receive the following:

  • First prize-winner will receive $1,000 cash and be the “Official Cocktail” of Tales of the Cocktail 2017.
  • The official cocktail will be announced at Toast to Tales of the Cocktail on Tuesday and will be featured at a local bar during Tales of the Cocktail.
  • The winning recipe will be featured on and featured in the Tales of the Cocktail newsletter and all of our social networks.

Timeline for the Tales of the Cocktail Official Cocktail Competition 2017:

  • March 15, 2017: Competition goes live on
  • May 1, 2017: Deadline to submit recipes
  • June 1, 2017: Winner and top three announced