UKBG National Cocktail Competition 2021
The official hub page for the UKBG NCC. Full info, latest news and information on entry, rules and eligibility. The hub will be updated regularly as the competition progresses, so check back often!
UKBG GRAND FINAL – 18th JANUARY 2022 – Prince Akatoki Hotel, London
The UK Bartenders Guild is proud to announce the return of the National Cocktail Competition, in partnership with the Akashi Sake Brewery and Kaikyо̄ Distillery.
Our finalists have won their places at our grand final, to battle for a trip to Japan and a chance to represent the UK at the IBA World Cocktail Competition 2023!
Read more about them and their recipes, in our semi-finals rundown blog!
After a year’s hiatus, we’re back. The NCC is the rally cry for bartenders and mixologists from across the UK to show us what you’ve got, in one of the most important events in the hospitality industry calendar.
The entire country competes to win not only a grand prize and a title – but also the opportunity to represent the nation at the International Bartenders Association World Cocktail Championship, hosted next year in Russia.
The NCC gives our community an opportunity to learn from each other, to inspire each other with new recipes, innovative bartending techniques, flavour pairings, and platform their creativity on a global platform.
Our partnership and the theme of this year’s competition aims to bring Japanese beverage culture to a wider audience throughout Europe.
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Entry for the UKBG NCC has now closed.
- Successful semi-finalists have been invited back to attend a successive masterclass, with Hatozaki Whisky – the ‘Ultimate Highball’ round of the competition
- The ‘Ultimate Highball’ round serves as our regional semi-finals and will see the UKBG travelling the country to find our regional finalists.
- The top competitors from each UK region and one finalist from the maritime branch will then be shortlisted for the UKBG final event in 2021
- Competitors will be asked to present two cocktails – an Akashi-Tai cocktail, and an 135º East Gin cocktail
- The second cocktail recipe must be an interpretation of a ‘Fizz’ cocktail, as referenced under Section 2 of the 1937 Café Royal Cocktail Book