Join us for the U.S. Nikka Perfect Serve Competition!
What is the Nikka Perfect Serve Competition? Unlike other bartending competitions, The Nikka Perfect Serve encourages bartenders to place the guest at the heart of the bar experience. Bartenders must be attentive and aware of their guest’s presence, state of mind, and palate in order to offer the most suitable service and cocktail at that specific moment. The process is as important as the cocktail itself.
As in previous years, the contest will continue to focus on Omakase: “I leave it to you.” Judges playing the roles of indecisive customers will act as different characters, and ask the bartender to improvise a bespoke Nikka cocktail.
Experienced bartenders will have a large repertoire of cocktail recipes in mind at all times, and will be able to choose, twist and adapt them to serve the most appropriate Nikka Whisky cocktail for each situation played out by the judges.
Cities & Dates
There will be two US based regional competitions. 10 participants will be selected in each competition.
New York Regional Competition:
Date: Monday, September 10th, 2018
Location: Angel Share Annex
States Eligible for New York Competition:
ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, MA, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, OH, WV, VA, NC, SC, MI, IN, KY, TN, GA, FL, MN, WI, IA, IL, MO, MS, AL, AR, LA
San Francisco Regional Competition:
Date: Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
Location: Trick Dog
States Eligible for San Francisco Competition:
WA, OR, CA, AK, HI, ID, NV, MT, UT, AZ, WY, CO, NM, OK, TX, ND, SD, NE, KS, OK
The winner of the local contests will represent their country in the Global finals on November 26th 2018 in Athens, Greece! The winner and runner up of the finals will be invited on a trip to Japan to experience the Japanese bar scene and visit the Nikka distilleries: Yoichi and Miyagikyo!
Submission & Competition Dates
June-Friday July 13th
Review Period: July 14-August 3rd
Notifications to finalists: Week of August 6th
Competition: Week of September 10th
How To Enter
Describe your unique Nikka serve, which creatively features the aromas of a straight Nikka spirit. You have the choice among the Nikka From the Barrel, Nikka Coffey Grain, Malt, Gin or Vodka. This should not be a cocktail, rather a special serve or experience based on the straight spirit.
For complete contest details, and to enter your submission, visit: nikkawhisky.eu/perfect-serve