COCKTAIL COMPETITION 2023
Fancy yourself as one of Ireland’s finest mixologists? Can you spin a yarn like the best of them? Then we want to hear from you!
Read below for all the competition details and how to submit your creations.
Thompson Dock and Pumphouse built historic ships right here in Belfast, now can you assemble a great drink?
For our very first Cocktail Competition, our theme is “Dock Tales”. We want to see and taste your creativity, while incorporating tales of the shipyard and the dock into your drinks.
We know that you, like the great ship builders, are innovative, creative and driven, and we need your help! Our state of the art distillery is due to open to the public in April 2023. Located in the historic and iconic Titanic Pumphouse at Thompson Dock, this is set to be Belfast’s first operating distillery in almost 90 years.
We would like you to assemble one very special serve, using our Titanic Distillers Premium Irish Whiskey. Your creation will make history, being enjoyed by the masses stepping foot inside Belfast’s return to distillation.
Of course we are throwing a party for all of the grafters of the on-trade who have helped build our brand up over the past year.
We want to showcase 3 finalists at this party where we will choose the overall winner.
Are you up for the challenge?
Prizes, terms and conditions
We want to hear your stories, how your cocktail has been inspired by the shipyards in Belfast, your Dock Tales.
We want you to draw inspiration that links back to the ship-building industry in Belfast, Thompson Dock and Pumphouse or the innovation within Belfast during the early 1900s. (No reference to the Titanic film or the tragedy).
1st Prize - £1000
2nd Prize - £500
3rd Prize - £250 (& Titanic Distillers merch)
All finalists outside of Belfast will be put up in a hotel close to the distillery on the night of the final on the 25th June 2023.
The Judging Panel will be comprised of 3 expert judges (to be confirmed closer to the competition date).
The judging criteria for the cocktail is as follows;
Taste: Your cocktail must be well balanced
Inspiration Story: How has your cocktail been inspired by Belfast and the shipbuilding industry?
Name: We want something clever that links back to the inspiration for your cocktail
Presentation: As well as tasting good, we want it to be aesthetically pleasing and photograph well
Technical Skills: This is your time to show off!
You must use a minimum of 35ml of Titanic Distillers Whiskey in your creation and this must be the main spirit in your drink.
Your cocktail inspiration must not have any link to the disaster or fictional characters from the movie. This cocktail will be promoted widely, so please pick a name that is appropriate for all audiences.
You must be able to create 4 of your serves on the evening, one for photography and 3 for the judges, so come prepared with ingredients and garnishes.
We will provide basic glassware for the 3 judges cocktails, but we advise you bring your own glassware for the photography shot.
Cubed and crushed ice will be provided for contestants but freezer space will be available if you wish to bring your own, for instance, spherical, large cubes, garnish frozen in ice etc.
By entering this competition, contestants agree to give permission to use imagery and video captured at the event on all social channels and company website.
It is up to the competitor to ensure that if any of their own equipment or glassware is used, that they keep it safe and pack it up straight after use as Titanic Distillers cannot accept any liability for damage.