GUERNEVILLE, Calif. -- With winter just around the corner, Korbel Brandy is looking for delicious and downright irresistible cold weather and holiday-themed drink recipes that "turn up the heat." The Korbel Brandy Cocktail Contest is the ultimate opportunity for mixologists – amateurs and professionals alike – to "pull out all the stops" in original creations that warm the body and soul when the weather gets cold, and be rewarded for their efforts.
The Korbel Brandy Cocktail Contest runs from September 1 through September 30, 2011 and includes three categories: Hot Wintertime Cocktails, Cold Cream-Based Cocktails and Holiday Punches. Entries should embrace the winter/holiday theme, must feature Korbel Brandy, and must be made with readily available ingredients; beyond these requirements, the sky is the limit on imaginative libations! Entries – limited to one per person per category – will be judged on originality, creativity, taste and appearance, and a winner in each category will be notified on October 25, 2011.
The Korbel Brandy Cocktail Contest is open only to individuals who are legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and who are 21 years of age or older at the time of entry. Contest is void where prohibited by law. Official contest rules and information on how to enter are available at www.korbelbrandy.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/KorbelBrandy.
The winners each will receive a Korbel Brandy Bartending Kit or Korbel Brandy Martini Set & Sangria Bowl, plus a $200 cash prize. The winning recipes and their creators will be featured in Korbel Brandy's "Library of Cocktails" (both online and in print) and will be highlighted on Korbel Brandy's Facebook page. The winners also will have bragging rights sure to last well past winter!
Korbel has produced award-winning California brandy since 1889. Unique among United States producers, Korbel maintains complete control of its brandy production process from grape to bottle. Handcrafted in small batches, Korbel Brandy is aged to perfection in premium fire-toasted oak barrels to achieve golden amber color, generous butterscotch aroma and extra smooth taste. Three brandies comprise the Korbel portfolio: rich, flavorful Korbel California Brandy, complex, sumptuous Korbel V.S.O.P. Gold Reserve and the unique Korbel XS, which blends Madagascar vanilla, natural orange essence, spices and pure cane sugar for a one-of-a-kind taste.