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Ultimate Cocktails Challenge

Cocktail Judging

One of the many attributes that sets us apart from other spirits competitions is our cocktail component. We understand that just because a spirit tastes great on its own doesn’t mean it will translate in a cocktail, and vice versa. In an effort to give each spirit as many opportunities as possible to shine, we have a dedicated panel of seasoned cocktail judges put the spirits to the test in freshly made drinks. As always, this is included in the entry price.

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Spirits Trend: Craft Frozen Drinks

The frozen drinks machine has been through a long journey, and the drinks being churned out at tops bars across the United States are a far cry from the syrupy frozen daiquiri and margarita mixes of the 90’s. High end machines, combined with cocktail programs that focus on quality ingredients have created a new wave of frozen drinks, including the ever popular frosé — a dangerously delicious combination of rosé, vodka, and sugar. 

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5 Best Tequilas In An Anejo Old Fashioned

To see how our anejo tequilas performed in cocktails we mixed them up into a Anejo Old Fashioned. This classic and straightforward cocktail complements the base spirit with a bit of sugar and bitters, letting the spirit do the majority of the heavy lifting. These 5 tequilas showed the best in this cocktail, earning between 3.5 and 4 stars.

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Spirits List: Best Baijiu Cocktails

Baijiu and kaoliang, a subtype of baijiu made from sorghum, are unfamiliar flavors to most. Does mixing them into cocktails help ease people into these spirit categories? It’s too early to tell, but here at Ultimate Spirits Challenge every spirit gets put to the test in mixed drinks to see how they stack up. These are our top rated cocktails using baijiu and kaoliang, all drop dead delicious.

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