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Elevate Your Cocktail Party With A Cocktail-Making Competition

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Are you hosting a cocktail party and looking for ways to add some excitement to your event? Here’s an idea! Why not host a cocktail-making competition instead? If you have cocktail enthusiasts, aspiring mixologists and home bartenders in your circle, this will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the nuances of cocktails and culture.

Well, now that you are interested, wondering how to get this done? No worries, we got you covered! Here’s a mini guide on all things you need to know to host a successful cocktail-making competition at your cocktail party. Follow these tips and tricks, and you will be able to create a memorable and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

Hosting Cocktail-Making Competition - A Mini Guide

Planning and Preparation

Planning and Preparation
The key to hosting a successful cocktail-making competition lies in careful planning and preparation. Here are some essential steps to get you started:

1. Choose a suitable date for the event and decide on a theme to add excitement and intrigue.
2. Send out invitations to your guests. Include all necessary information about the competition and theme. 
3. Stock up on barware: Ensure that you have all the necessary equipment such as cocktail shakers, mixing glasses, strainers, muddlers, bar spoons, etc. to accommodate all your guests
4. Stock up the bar supplies: Don’t forget to stock up on spirits, mixers, garnishes, bitters, syrups and any other ingredients your guests may need to make delicious cocktails.

Creating the Rules and Judging Criteria

Judging Criteria
If you want to ensure a successful competition at your cocktail party, you need to establish some ground rules and judging criteria. These tips may help:

1. Cocktail recipes: You can ask your guests to submit their recipes in advance. Or you could share the recipes that you have in mind. 

2. Time: You could set a time limit, to add some excitement to the competition.

3. Creativity: While making the rules, be transparent about the importance of drink presentation. You could include a round that asks guests to add some unique twists or use some unconventional ingredients to popular recipes.

4. Cocktail Flavours: A well-made cocktail has a perfect balance of flavours. This could be one of the important judging criteria

5. Audience Vote: You could give a chance for the audience a chance to get involved by asking for their votes.

Setting the Stage

To set the stage for your cocktail-making competition, here are a few tips you can consider:

1. Set up a dedicated cocktail-making station: It must have all the barware, ingredients, etc. Arrange it neatly and in a visually appealing way.

2. Music and Decor: Play some upbeat music and decorate your space with colourful themes.

Execution and Enjoyment

Execution and Enjoyment
Now that you have everything you need to run a cocktail-making competition, execute it and let the enjoyment flow! Here are a few things you can consider for a seamless and memorable experience at your cocktail party: 

1. Introduce: Begin the event with introductions, explain rules, criteria, etc.

2. Tasting and judging: Once the participants have created their cocktails, allow the judges to take time to evaluate and score each cocktail. 

3. Celebrate: conclude the competition by announcing winners and award prizes. Encourage everyone to mingle and enjoy the cocktails throughout the evening.

Hosting a cocktail-making competition at your cocktail party is a fantastic way to bring like-minded people together. It fosters friendly competition, and everyone can celebrate the cocktail culture. With the above-mentioned steps, you can execute a simple and exciting cocktail-making competition for your friends and family.