Chivas Masters 2017 Cocktail Competition
Official Rules and Regulations


  1.     One entry per person
  2.     Entries must be in the form of a long or short drink, not a shot.
  3.     Entrants must be at least 25 years of age to take part (by the time of their local final).
  4.     Open for online recipe submissions: January 16, 2017, 12:00:01 a.m. PST-—-March 19, 2017, 11:59:59 p.m. PST



  1.     Drinks must not contain more than 7 ingredients, including fruit juices, syrups, drops or dashes. Solid garnishes are not considered ingredients. It is acceptable to additionally spray a citrus fruit zest over the drink if specified as a garnish. With a few exceptions, it is the simple drinks that have gone on to become classics, and due to this, the judges will be instructed to favor simples drinks with fewer ingredients.
  2.     Hot ingredients, premixes of any kind or home preparations are authorized only with advance written authority of the competition organizers. Competitors wishing to use these should submit their request at least 10 days before the day of competition but are advised to seek permission as soon as possible.
  3.     Recipes that can be easily replicated are preferred, so unless judges give advanced written authority (rule 5 above), ingredients must be readily/widely available proprietary products, fruit or commonly found bar products.
  4.     Recipes must contain a minimum of 1 oz. of Chivas Regal 12, 18 or Extra, and the total combined alcoholic ingredients must be equivalent to no more than 3.5 oz.
  5.     Ingredients may be measured using a jigger or similar measure, or freely poured.
  6.  Recipes entered must be the original creation of the competitor, and if a competitor is thought to have plagiarized a known, existing cocktail, they will be disqualified.
  7.  Recipes entered must be expressed in “shots” or ounces with the use of “dashes” and/or “drops” limited to bitters, hot pepper sauce and the like. Fruit juice quantities must also be stipulated, e.g. “squeeze of lime” is unacceptable.

Drinks & Preparation

  1.  Drinks must be assembled in front of the judges.
  2.  Drinks may be hand-stirred, hand-shaken or blended in an electric mixer.
  3.  Competitors must supply their own bartending utensils (shaker, bar spoon, strainer, etc.)
  4.  Cocktails must be presented in any shape of glass, cup or other hygienic and safe receptacle. The organizer will supply limited basic glassware, but competitors are advised to bring their own. Note: Points are awarded for presentation. No brand name or logo other than the regular discrete mark of the glassware manufacturer should be visible (Chivas brand excepted, if applicable).
  5.  The organizers will supply frozen cubed ice (approx. 1 inch square), so please inform them if crushed ice or an ice block is required.
  6.  Drinks may be served hot (with the organizers’ written consent), straight-up or over cubed, cracked or crushed ice.
  7.  Each competitor must make at least two identical drinks (one for the judges and the other for the photographer).
  8.  Competitors must be able to prepare drinks with a strict maximum of 12 minutes but will be given an additional 5 minutes prior to making their drink to familiarize themselves with the bar area and prepare equipment and ingredients. When the timer reaches the 12-minute mark, competitors will be asked by the MC to stop what they are doing if they have not already finished.
  9.  Competitors serving drinks that appear inedible or working with unhygienic methods will be disqualified and their drinks discarded without being sampled.



  1.  Garnishes must be edible but may be mounted on sticks, skewers, straws, forks or other common bar accessories. Use of edible fruit, herbs, leaves and spices may include sprigs, peels, barks, fruit shells, etc.
  2.  Any flowers and petals used must be of an edible variety.
  3.  Fruit for garnishes may be peeled in advance, sliced, wedged or pre-cut in any other way. Garnishes must be assembled within the five-minute allotted drink preparation time.


  1.  By entering this competition, competitors agree to assign copyright of their recipes and drink names to the competition organizers.
  2.  Competitors and drinks presented during the competition may be photographed (still or motion picture) by the organizers, and copyright of these images for any use, across all media, will be retained by the competition organizers.

Drink Names

  1.  Drink names including rude, lurid or sexual words or associated with narcotics or motor vehicles are prohibited.


  1.  Competitors are encouraged to talk to the judges while making their drinks. Points will be awarded for general presentation and working methods.
  2.  Competitors using rude or swear words will be disqualified.


  1.  The competition organizers reserve the right to have the final decision on any matter relating to the judging of the competition.
  2.  The competition organizers will appoint the panel of judges and reserve the right to replace or appoint new judges before or during the competition.
  3.  The judges must remain impartial and declare any vested interest they may have in the competition or competitors. They must judge each competitor on their competition presentation and drinks alone.


  1.  While every reasonable effort will be made, the competition organizers cannot guarantee the safe return of glassware, equipment or any product supplied by the competitor. Therefore, competitors are advised to house their tools and products in bags/boxes that enable them to efficiently gather and hold their equipment and ingredients immediately after competing.


  1.  Competitors considered by the organizers to be practicing or promoting any form of irresponsible drinking, including “shots,” will be disqualified and may be asked to leave the venue.
  2.  Competitors must conduct themselves in a safe manner, and any action considered by the organizers to endanger fellow competitors, judges or spectators will result in instant disqualification and possible ejection from the venue.

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This is your chance to compete in the
Chivas Masters Global Cocktail Competition

The entry deadline has passed.

See official rules and regulations

The Competition

Can you capture the evolution of Chivas in three different ways?

Show off your cocktail expertise by submitting three original recipes featuring Chivas Regal 12, 18, Extra and you could find yourself in Tokyo for the experience of a lifetime.

(professional bartenders, 25 years and older only)

Get Inspired

Watch the 2016 National Chivas Masters Cocktail Champion

The Prize

Regional Winners

Trip to New York City to compete in the national finals

National Winner

Trip to Tokyo to compete in the global finals

Global Winner

Travel the world with Chivas, honing your craft with the world’s best bartenders


Call for Entries

January 16 — March 19

Professional bartenders: Register and submit your recipes


U.S. National Finals in NYC

May 22 or May 23

Four finalists compete for the national title


Global Finals in Tokyo, Japan

July 1 — July 6

Compete for the title of Chivas Master



Your entries will be judged by these four
cocktail and spirits luminaries from across the country





Scoring Criteria


Alignment with the theme (Classic, Local, Japanese)

Simplicity, balance, taste, aesthetics, aroma and presentation

Ability to engage judges with the story that inspired the cocktail

Mastery of cocktail-making techniques

Knowledge of Chivas


The entry deadline has passed.

See official rules and regulations

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Chivas Masters Global Cocktail Challenge.

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