You will need to submit an original recipe that showcases you as a bartender and your passions around all you do. You will also need to upload a video up to 90 seconds, a photo or a short sentence, that displays your creative outlet and your passions. It’s the opportunity to give judges a glimpse into your life and how it interweaves into the cocktail. The creative outlet submission is not meant to be you making your drink. It is rather meant to be you showcasing your creative passions: your inspiration behind the drink.
Judges will select up to 22 competitors who advance to the next round and will be notified by email to participate in Semi-Finals.
Semi-Finals will take place in November 2023. Semi-Finals will determine the top 12 bartenders to advance to finals.
This year there will also be a 2 bartenders who receive a ‘sapphire pass’ that will grant them entry to Semi-Finals. The sapphire pass will be awarded to bartenders who display creative traits in their everyday lives and will be selected by secret Tales of the Cocktail committee members.
12 bartenders will be selected from Semi-Finals and will travel to Laverstoke Mill Distillery and London for education and immersion.
The finals will be held in Orlando, Fl in April 2024 where we will crown the Most Imaginative Bartender.
The competition is open only to individuals who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and Canada, are at least twenty-five (25) years old as of the date of entry, work in a bar at least 20 hours per week at the time of entry, and have a passport valid through September 1, 2024. Please see official rules for more details and exclusions.
No, you can shoot with any handheld device or phone. To upload please make sure you follow file size.
Please do not shoot in cinematic mode.
You are asked to create an original cocktail, which will be judged on imagination, concept and story and account for 40% of your score.
You are asked to submit you Creative Outlet in either a video, photo or brief description. The Creative Outlet will be judged on imagination, concept and story and account for 60% of your score.
Congratulations you will now be known as the Most Imaginative Bartender, joining an elite group of bartenders recognized worldwide. The grand prize winner will receive $20,000 creative grant and be our go to representative of MIB for the year.