6th Annual Tenzing Coupe

Cocktail Competition

Monday, September 16th, 2019

It’s back! “Chicago’s Greatest Cocktail Competition” is just around the corner. Think you’ve got a winning cocktail? Submit two drinks using products from the Tenzing Wine & Spirits portfolio (available here) by September 2nd!

If you’d like to compete, please see the rules and requirements listed below.



➢ First Place: $3500 and 1 bottle of winner’s choice from the Tenzing portfolio. (Must not exceed $500 value)

➢ Second Place: $1000

➢ Third Place: $500


All cocktail recipes must be submitted by Monday, September, 2nd at midnight. Cocktails can be submitted through this application link.

Any submissions received after midnight will not be considered to compete.


  1. All spirits, wines, sake, or alcoholic beverages used must come from the Tenzing Wine & Spirits portfolio. These Tenzing products will be provided for competitors on the day of the competition.

  2. No homemade ingredients are allowed. Bitters, syrups, tonics and flavored sodas must come from the Tenzing Wine & Spirits portfolio.

  3. Competitors must bring all of their own tools. This includes but is not limited to: shakers, jiggers, strainers, tea strainers, pour spouts, syrup bottles, bitters, decanters, glassware, small wares, straws, etc.

  4. Juices, raw ingredients, fruit and herbs are allowed but will not be provided. Lemon and Lime Juice will be provided for you. Competitors are responsible for all ingredients not listed as part of the Tenzing Wine & Spirits portfolio.

  5. Competitors should bring enough ingredients, juices, glassware and garnishes to produce 4 cocktails (2 for judges, 2 for photographs).

  6. Competitors must provide their own glassware.

  7. Garnishes can be prepared before the competition.

  8. Cocktail must be named. No lewd, suggestive or inappropriate cocktail names. 

  9. Absolutely no fire or open flame can be used in the execution of the cocktail.

  10. Each competitor will have access to a standard 120V electrical outlet for the cocktail production. Use of the outlet must be specified in cocktail description.

  11. Cocktail submissions will be tasted and reviewed blindly.

  12. 40 competitors selected to compete will be notified on September 6th, 2019.

  13. Must be 21+ to enter.


  1. All judging will be executed blindly.

  2. Judges will consist of certified cicerones, certified sommeliers, cocktail industry professionals, food/drink media members, chefs, and cocktail enthusiasts.

  3. Competitors must make 2 of their selected cocktail. One will be reviewed by the judges; the other will be used for photographs.

  4. Each contestant will have 5 minutes to execute 2 of their selected cocktail.

  5. There will be 8 heats of 5 competitors.

  6. Each competitor will have an assigned presentation time. Assigned times will be chosen at random.

  7. There will be 3 rounds of judging:



➢  Presentation (garnish, glassware, and cocktail name) 10 pts

➢  Taste (aroma, flavor, and balance)  20 pts

➢  The ten contestants with the highest total points will make their cocktail again in the finals.



Tenzing provides a space to work on your cocktails at the Tenzing Bar at 165 N. Morgan St. Stay tuned for information on dates when the Tenzing Team will be hanging out in the lab to assist with all of your R&D needs!



Please email all queries to carley@hospitality201.com.



The competition is organized by Hospitality 201, LLC and sponsored by Tenzing Wine & Spirits.