The Casa Dragones Bartender Exchange Program returns with its third Jamming Sessions cocktail competition aimed to celebrate the exchange of knowledge, experience and expertise between bartenders with a mission to build bridges and to unite a community of bartenders who are passionate about tequila and Mexican culture. The Casa Dragones Bartender Exchange Program also aims to showcase the elegance and sophistication of Mexico through modern mixology and craftsmanship.
Jamming Sessions will once again be held virtually for the safety and convenience of the bartender community. The first 100 bartenders to submit one original cocktail for the online Jamming Sessions competition will receive financial compensation (details below). They will also be eligible for additional prize money throughout the competition, as well as a series of activities and stages designed to showcase creativity, expand knowledge, and connect with like-minded mixologists from around the world.
Tequila Casa Dragones Co-Founder and CEO, Bertha González shares about the Bartender Exchange Program, “We’re thrilled to launch another Jamming Sessions, and continue to build bridges between Mexico and the U.S.” The final cocktails will be judged by experts and thirsty favorites, Yana Volfson, National Beverage Director, Casa Mata Group (Cosme, Atla, Ticuchi, Pujol, Damian) and Jose Luis León, Bar Manager, Licorería Limantour.
How to enter – MUST Register HERE by September 11th and Video Submission are due by September 22nd – see below for compensation and prizing details.
Jamming Sessions with Tequila Casa Dragones
Once registered bartenders will be sent a bottle of Casa Dragones Blanco to
create and submit an original cocktail recipe**. Casa Dragones Blanco is 100%
Blue Agave silver tequila, crafted to deliver the pure essence of agave, for a
crisp smooth taste that is perfect on the rocks or in craft cocktails.
Once the Jamming Session are started, there will be monetary payouts at the following levels:
- First 100 Video Submissions will receive $100
- Up to 50 Online Finalists will receive an additional $100
- Semi-finalists will receive an additional $100
- 6 Finalists will receive an additional $200
- 2 Winners will receive $500 each and Bartender Residency in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
**Recipe should be based on this theme: “Day of the Day / Día de Los Muertos” – Honoring Mexican traditions and customs is very important to Casa Dragones. The Day of the Dead is one of the most iconic Mexican festivities and takes place on November 1st & 2nd. This lively celebration honors the lives of those who are no longer among us with food, drink, parties, and offerings.
SUBMIT YOUR COCKTAIL – Submit your video and recipe to the Casa Dragones Dropbox portal that will be sent upon registration. Crafting a one-of-a-kind cocktail is an art of its own. That’s why Casa Dragones is offering $100 for submissions.
Open call for submission up until September 22nd. Look for inspiration and dig deep. What tradition from Day of the Dead compels you to create this recipe? How do the ingredients, colors, and taste come together to embody this Mexican holiday. You should be able to share your source of inspiration with us and develop a coherent story for your cocktail recipe.
After perfecting your recipe, please make a video of yourself following our submission guidelines. Introduce yourself, explain your cocktail and the inspiration behind the recipe. Casa Dragones Blanco should be center stage, so please omit any other agave spirit (such as mezcal, sotol, or any other tequila brand). The criteria that the judges will use to evaluated the submissions on this stage will be originality & theme adherence, inspiration, video presentation, cocktail presentation, and quality of the cocktail.
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