2019 Ganbei Baijiu Cocktail Competition

Apply by July 12th


Grand Prize?

a trip to china!

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Grand Prize Details

First prize wins a trip to China with Ganbei Baijiu CEO, Andrew Hoogerwerf. This includes

• International and Domestic Airfare

• 4 days lodging, food, excursions, and cocktail budget

• Bejing: Forbidden City, Peking Duck, and Local Cocktail Gems

• Inner Mongolia: Distillery Tour, Traditional Meals, and Presentation of the Winning Cocktail to Baijiu Master Distillers

Competition Details


Anyone working as bar staff (bartenders, managers, bar backs, ect…) in the state of Minnesota who is 25 and up is welcome submit an entry to this competition. Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on July 12th 2019.

Round One Details

Round one of the competition will take place online. Participants must enter 2 original cocktail recipes that focus on Ganbei Baijiu.

  • Recipe 1 should focus using the unique flavor profile of Ganbei Baijiu to create a cocktail fit for a top tier cocktail bar.

  • Recipe 2 should focus on accessibility by creating a cocktail no more than 4 ingredients including Ganbei Baijiu.  It should be simple enough for a home bartender to make.


Entries must include the following:

  • At least one high resolution photo of each cocktail

  • A unique name for each cocktail

  • An explanation of the inspiration for the recipe and name

  • A detailed list of ingredients

  • A step by step recipe for preparing the cocktail.

Additional Details

  • Participants may use as many ingredients as they like for recipe 1 so long as Ganbei Baijiu is a key ingredient in the cocktail.

  • Participants may only use a total of 4 ingredients for recipe 2. Ice and garnish are not included in the 4 ingredient maximum.

  • Recipes must be expressed in fluid ounces, dashes, and drops. Ounces may be divided into quarters, thirds or wholes ounces (.33oz 0.5 oz., 1 oz. etc.).

  • The total volume of the cocktail must be between 3 oz. and 11 oz. (including dashes and drops).

  • All ingredients must be safe for human consumption.

  • Flames, flaming alcohol or any fire are not permitted in this competition.

  • The name of your cocktail may not include any copyrighted or trademarked material or any retailer’s name, except that you may use the Ganbei Baijiu brand in the name.

  • The photo must have no identifying marks.  This means excluding all humans, logos and other identifying markings that could indicate who made the cocktail or where the cocktail was made.  This is important because the cocktails will be judged “Blind” meaning the judges will not know who made the cocktail or where the cocktail was made.

Questions? Email us at alec@ganbei.co


Final Round details

July 24th from at 6pm

The final round of the competition will take place Wednesday July 24th from 6pm to 9pm. There will be a live audience on site sampling the 4 ingredient or less cocktails to pick an audience favorite.

At Rainbow Chinese

The final round will be hosted in the upstairs event space at Rainbow Chinese. Yes, chef Tammy will be serving up small bites of her delicious cuisine!


Final Round Format

  • 8 participants will compete for the best recipe in the finals

  • Participants will have 8 minutes to make 4 servings of recipe 1.

  • Participants will also distribute a pre batched version of recipe 2 to the audience.

Recipe Rules

Participants must produce an original recipe for this round that is different from the recipe submitted in the first round of the competition.

  • Cocktails should be between 3 and 11 ounces

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Aroma - 10 points

Appearance - 10 points

Flavor - 20 points

Mouthfeel // Balance - 5 points

Inspiration / Imagination / Creativity - 15 points

Questions? Reach out to us alec@ganbei.co