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!

Calling all UK professional bartenders

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.


Win a trip to Japan, and the chance to represent the UK at WCC2021 Russia.

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 sponsor this year is the Akashi Sake Brewery and the Kaikyо̄ Distillery, home of Akashi-Tai Sake, Hatozaki Whisky and 135°East Dry Gin.

Our partnership and the theme of this year’s competition aims to bring Japanese beverage culture to a wider audience throughout Europe.


EVENT: Akashi-Tai Sake Seminar | 27 September #NCC2021

After a year’s hiatus, the UK Bartenders Guild’s National Cocktail Competition returns. This year, our tournament format is a little

UKBG National Cocktail Competition 2021 – Sponsored by Akashi Sake Brewery & Kaikyo Distillery

After a year’s hiatus, the UK Bartenders Guild’s National Cocktail Competition returns. Times are a little different to when we


Entry Overview

Published 28/08/21.

This page will be regularly updated. Check back for updates.

The entry process for the UKBG NCC is multi-staged.

  1. Open to UK residents and marine hospitality staff crewed to UK fleets, aged 18 and over.
  2. Ensure you are registered as a UKBG member, and that you have your membership number. Only UKBG members are able to enter – however, membership is free.
  3. Entrants for the UKBG NCC must register to attend our Akashi-Tai Sake Masterclass on 27 September. Attendance to this seminar is mandatory for entry into the competition. Register here
  4. First Stage Competition: After the masterclass, entrants will then have the opportunity to submit an Akashi-Tai cocktail recipe as part of an initial online round. Recipe briefs and judging criteria are available to download here.
  5. Successful semi-finalists will be invited back to attend a successive masterclass, with Hatozaki Whisky.
  6. Applicants will then be invited to submit a recipe to the ‘Ultimate Highball’ round of the competition, with a brief and judging criteria to be announced.
  7. The ‘Ultimate Highball’ round serves as our regional semi-finals and will see the UKBG travelling the country to find our regional finalists.
  8. The top three competitors from each UK region and two finalist from the maritime branch will then be shortlisted for the UKBG final event in 2021
  9. Competitors will be asked to present two cocktails – an Akashi-Tai cocktail, and an 135º East Gin cocktail
  10. The second cocktail recipe must be an interpretation of a ‘Fizz’ cocktail, as referenced under Section 2 of the 1937 Café Royal Cocktail Book