Bartenders are invited to test their luck (and skill with the spirit) for the chance to win a one-of-a-kind experience to the last true tequila-producing hacienda on the planet. Bartenders will need to submit their local twist on the Horseshoe Margarita recipe at herradura.liquor.com.
Event Markets: Atlanta, GA, Boston MA , Chicago, IL, Denver, CO, Detroit, MI, Indianapolis, IN, Las Vegas, NV, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, Nashville, TN, New York, NY, Orlando, FL, Philadelphia, PA, Phoenix, AZ, San Diego, CA, San Francisco, CA, Savannah, GA, Seattle, WA, Virginia, VA
|San Francisco||No CA|
|San Diego||San Diego|
|Denver||CO, WY, ID, MT|
|Metro New York||NY, NJ,|
|Boston||MA, CT, VT, ME, RI, DE|
|Virginia||VA, DC, MD, MoCo|
|Chicago||IL, MN, WI|
Liquor.com and USBG will send 38 bartenders to Casa Herradura Distillery in Mexico. The anticipated retail value for this trip is $2000 per person.
o 4 Days 3 nights in Mexico during October 2018/November 2018
o Hotel (standard room/double occupancy), ground transportation and Airfare (roundtrip coach) provided by USBG and Liquor.com
o Finale winners will be notified 3-4 weeks prior to the trip date
Liquor.com will execute all travel arrangements for the 38 competitors.
Taxes are the sole responsibility of prize winners. No substitution/transfer of prize permitted. Prize winners are responsible for all necessary travel documents, including but not limited to passports. Alcohol is not part of any prize.
July 16, 2018 12:00:01 a.m. PST – August 31, 2018 11:59:59 p.m. 2018 PST: Open for online recipe submissions
August 31 – September 21, 2018: USBG submission judging period
October 1 - October 21: Live competition in host markets (listed below).
Nov 5th through 8th 2018: Casa Herradura Distillery Trip
· This program is open to all working professional bartenders in participating competition markets listed above and USBG members that are not employed by liquor companies or distributors as full time employees.
· Competitors must be at least 21 years of age
· Competitors must be legal United States Residents, residing in one of the participating regions. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary.
|Los Angeles||CA, NV|
|Las Vegas||NV, CA|
|Denver||CO, WY, ID, MT|
|Metro New York||NY, NJ|
|Boston||MA, CT, VT, ME, RI, DE|
|Virginia||VA, DC, MD, MoCo|
|Detroit||MI, OH, Upstate NY|
|Indianapolis||IN, KY, OH|
|Chicago||IL, MN, WI|
By entering this program, you are giving Tequila Herradura, Liquor.com, USBG and its affiliates explicit rights to the video and image of your drink, drink recipe name, and your drink recipe for publicity purposes, including but not limited to: press, social media, digital activation and promotional activation.
Phase 1 - Online entries:
For the purposes of determining the Regional finalists, entries will be assigned to the closest applicable market, as determined by the Liquor.com and USBG. All complete entries submitted to herradura.liquor.com within the entry timeframe will be judged against the below criteria based on the perceived qualities of the written recipes and essay entry.
Judges will not take into consideration current employer or any other personal information in the selection of Regional finalists.
Judging Criteria (Online Entries)
Initial scores will be based on the judges’ interpretation of the written description submitted. In some cases, judges may recreate the cocktails to settle closely ranked submissions.
Original Horseshoe Margarita:
· Taste and Balance __/ 10 pts.
· Visual appeal __/ 4 pts.
· Clear understanding of the classic Horseshoe Margarita in the creation of this cocktail __/ 8 pts.
· Creativity and ability to incorporate local (or original) ingredients in a meaningful way __/ 8 pts.
*Note: for live events we will incorporate skill, technique and presentation categories
· Tell us about the inspiration behind your recipe (350 words or less) __/ 5 pts.
Cocktail Entry Total: __/ 35 pts.
Total available points: 35 pts.
Scores will not be shared with contestants at any stage of the competition.
Phase 2 - Regional Events:
For the purposes of selecting Semi-Finalists, regional events will be judged by local panels, as determined by Tequila Herradura. A total of 38 Winners will be selected from the regional events and will attend an immersive experience at Casa Herradura Mexico.
Guidelines and Requirements:
● Recipes must be original. An original recipe is the product of one's own mind and is not a copy or imitation.
● Tequila Herradura Reposado, Tequila Herradura Silver, Tequila Herradura Añejo, or Tequila Herradura Ultra must be listed as the primary ingredient in your Horseshoe Margarita recipe.
● All recipes must conform to any legal regulations.
● All recipes must be stated in parts and not ounces. Drops and dashes are allowed.
● Recipes must not exceed 7 ingredients including drops, dashes (This does not include garnish, sprays or citrus zests)
● Limit one entry per person/email address.
Any entries attempted through the use of agencies or robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed or similar methods will be void. Any attempt by a person to use multiple email accounts or identities to gain more entries than permitted by these Official Rules shall result in disqualification at the sole discretion of Liquor.com and USBG. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the “authorized account holder” associated with the email address at the time of entry, which must comply with these Official Rules. The authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned an e-mail address by the service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses. Potential winners may be required to provide evidence (to Liquor.com’s and USBG’s satisfaction) that they are the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with a winning entry. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the person who actually submitted an entry cannot be resolved to Liquor.com’s and USBG’s satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible. Entries and other submitted material become the property of Tequila Herradura and will not be acknowledged or returned. Refer to Additional rules below for more details regarding the requirements for your entry.
Additional Requirements for Entry:
Entries must be in English. Entries must not allude to the overconsumption or irresponsible consumption of beverage alcohol. Entries that do not include all required information and do not adhere to the foregoing and following requirements will be considered void and will not be considered in the judging of this contest. Entries that are deemed by Liquor.com and USBG in their sole discretion to be illegal, obscene, profane or not in keeping with Liquor.com and USBG’s images will be disqualified.
By submitting an entry, you warrant that:
You are the creator of the entry
The entry is wholly original
The entry does not infringe the intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights or any other legal or moral rights of any third party, including any current or former employer, and does not defame any person or identify any person by name other identifying information
The entry has not previously been entered in any other contest
The Entry has not been previously published in any
The entry does not violate any law or regulation
Sponsor's determination as to whether any entry potentially violates the rights of any third party is final.
Employees of Brown-Forman, Liquor.com, USBG, their affiliates, liquor wholesale licensees, as well as advertising/promotion agencies and their immediate family members and household members of each and retail license holders are not eligible. This promotion is void wherever prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. In the event that the contest is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, Liquor.com and USBG reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Contest, or to disqualify participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, Liquor.com and USBG shall have no liability to any entrants who are disqualified due to such an action. You must be at least 21 years of age to be eligible. Contest void wherever prohibited or restricted by law.
By accepting a prize, any winner: (a) releases Brown-Forman/Liquor.com/USBG and their affiliated companies and licensed alcohol wholesalers and retailers from any/all liability claims, action or proceedings arising out of or for injuries or damages sustained while involved in any promotion activity or connection with the use of the prizes; as well as (b) consents to the use by Brown-Forman/Liquor.com/USBG for promotional purposes in connection with this promotion, of his or her name and/or likeness and/or voice without further compensation where permitted. Winner must sign an affidavit of eligibility and liability release. A 1099 will be issued.
Liquor.com, USBG, Brown-Forman and participating promotional companies are not in any way liable for damage, loss or injury resulting from computer malfunctions, misdirected or incomplete entries or acceptance and use of the prize. Liquor.com/USBG reserves the right in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this contest should virus, bugs or other causes beyond the control of the contest entities corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the contest. Liquor.com and USBG reserve the right at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel terminate or suspend the contest. Liquor.com and USBG assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. CAUTION: Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the game is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such attempt.
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Tequila Herradura presented a challenge to bartenders from around the country: Create an innovative new Horseshoe Margarita that’s also true to the classic recipe. After sorting through countless recipes and hosting 19 live competitions, 38 Horseshoe Margaritas—and their crafty inventors—were selected. Get to know the bartenders who made the winning Margaritas.
Making the world's best tequila is all about the details and doing things the right way. At Tequila Herradura, it's the way we've been doing it for the past 145 years.
Initial scores will be based on the interpretation of the written description submitted. You will display breadth and aptitude as a professional bartender over the course of the competition.
Taste, Flavor and Balance
Presentation and Appeal
Creativity and Originality
Thoughtful use of Ingredients
Intelligent use of Herradura
Relevance and Appearance
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