We are excited to announce our first Bourbon Social Barrel Cup Cocktail competition! If you’re a mixologist, bartender, or spirits industry professional and think you have the best Bourbon cocktail recipe in all the land, then we want YOU to compete for the Bourbon Social Barrel Cup title, plus cash and other prizes!

Click here for the rules, guidelines, and the application

*Big thank you to the National Bartenders Association for sponsoring this competition*


We are looking for the best of the best to show us best Bourbon cocktail during the 2014 Bourbon Social events. All applicants will go through an initial selection process in Frankfort Kentucky on June 4th. (Applicants will not be there in person) Our selection panel will choose the finalists, each of which will be attending and mixing during the 2014 Bourbon Social. We are judging based on taste, presentation, and creativity – and all participants will create their signature cocktail for 5 judges.


1st place – $1,500 cash – the Bourbon Social Barrel Cup title and plaque, and other prizes

2nd place – $500 cash, and other prizes

3rd place – Bourbon Lovers Package and other prizes



(from left to right)

Dale DeGroffMaster Mixologist and ‘King Cocktail’ 

Mark Stoddard42 Below Cocktail World Cup Winner and Mixology Mastermind

Jim MeehanFood & Wine Cocktail writer and James Beard Award Winner

Richard BettsMaster Sommelier and Spirits Producer

(second row)

Chef Hugh AchesonJames Beard Award Winner and Master of Southern Food


With this amazing line up of judges, and what we know will be an amazing line up of participants, this will be a competition you won’t want to miss! You can also check out these judges during the seminar series on Saturday at Fasig-Tipton. We look forward to seeing all the creative cocktails from folks across the country! And we look forward to seeing you all there to watch them compete live!

– The Bourbon Social Cocktail Club