Absolut was launched in North America in 1979 so this marks the 35th
anniversary. We're going to celebrate the milestone by going back to our
roots and holding an 80's themes cocktail competition.
The 80's was a fantastic era for cinema (think Cocktail, Back to the Future, Footloose, and Raiders of the Lost Arc), television (Cheers, Three's Company, and The Cosby Show just to name a few) & cocktails (some of you may remember such quality drinks as Sex on the Beach,
Alabama Slammer, Kamikaze, or the Blue Lagoon.) Don't forget that the 80s was also the start of the modern cocktail revolution with Dale Degroff leading the charge and helping make famous the cosmopolitan at
NYC's rainbow room. We believe that it's time to pay homage to this oft forgotten era in drinks history. So slip on your dirty dancing shoes and join us for an evening filled with great drinks, great music, and great times.
Please read through the contest details and submit your recipes ASAP.
ABSOLUT 80S COCKTAIL COMPETITION RULES AND DETAILS:
Submissions should include a description, complete recipe and a photo of the cocktail as well as the contestants' full name and, if applicable, the bar they'd like to represent.
Recipes must include at least 1oz of Absolut Vodka or any Absolut Flavour and should be inspired by the 80s. Please include a description of why your recipe is 80s themed.
The top 15 submissions will be chosen and announced by Monday June 2nd by 5:00pm.
The top 15 contestants will be invited to The Drake Hotel on Tuesday June 10th to prepare their cocktail in front of a live audience while explaining their creative process and inspiration. Contestants may choose to submit their original cocktail from the email submission or
may submit an entirely new cocktail.
Contestants will have 5 minutes to prepare three (3) cocktails in order to present one (1) to each of our judges.
Winners will be selected by an esteemed panel of judges. Bartenders will be judged on use of spirit, preparation, creativity, inspiration, judge engagement, taste, balance, presentation and relevance to the 80s theme.
Prizes will be announced once competitors have been selected.
Qualifying recipes must be submitted no later than Wednesday May 28th at 11:59pm.
Recipes should be submitted via email to