Ladies and gentlemen, step right up and prepare yourself for one of the greatest shows in cocktails, the 42BELOW Cocktail World Cup 'Carnival of the Cocktail.' For the seventh year running, United States Bartenders' Guild (USBG) invites the world's most ingenious and audacious talents in mixology to showcase their skills, represent their country and square off against their peers on the cocktail world's brightest stage, the 2011 42BELOW Cocktail World Cup in New Zealand.
Six countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, France and Italy will hold contests at regional and national levels in which bartenders will compete to create the most innovative cocktail as judged by leaders in the cocktail industry. The top three (3) bartenders from each country will be selected to represent their nation in the 2011 42BELOW Cocktail World Cup finals in New Zealand March 21 to 26, 2011.
The U.S. portion of the competition began last Friday. From now through Dec. 31 the USBG will recruit the top bartenders in the United States to enter their most creative and inventive cocktails into this illustrious competition. The winning cocktail entries will join the cocktail caravan and compete in head-to-head regional final events.
Regional finals will take place Jan. 16 to 25 in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C. The top two (2) finalists from each market will move on to compete at the national finals held in New York on Feb 13. From that group, three (3) U.S. champions will be chosen to represent the United States in New Zealand where they will compete for global cocktail dominance and glory.
Once in New Zealand, the six national teams will head to adventure playground, Queenstown, before making their way to Wellington to compete in the big dance. When the bartenders aren't testing the limits of the human body and mixology by muddling limes in jet boats screaming through narrow canyons, or shaking while plummeting down a gorge on a bungee, they'll be chumming it up with the ringmasters of the wonderful world of cocktails. Want to run away and join the circus? See the official 2011 Cocktail World Cup trailer here.
"The 42BELOW Cocktail World Cup is an amazing way to celebrate the superstars of the trade. The seventh time around it will be more extreme and exciting than ever before," says 42BELOW Marketing Director Dion Nash.
Bartender Entry Criteria:
Be over the legal drinking age in the United States
Speak and understand a reasonable level of English
Must not have previously participated in the 42BELOW Cocktail World Cup in New Zealand
Must have bartending experience
Must create an original signature cocktail preferably using 42BELOW Vodka or 42BELOW Flavored Vodka (Contestants must submit entries to cocktailworldcup.com by Dec. 31, 2010)