FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The cocktail competition is open for entries for 2 weeks, starting on the 29th September until 12th October. Entries will close at 11:59pm on Tuesday the 12th of October 2021.

The public voting then will run for 2 weeks after, starting on the 13th October.

  • No purchase necessary
  • Contest open to residents of Australia, United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Czech Republic.
  • Opening date –29th September 2021
  • Closing date – 12th October 2021 at 11:59pm
  • Contest promoter – Steve the Bartender, 49 Chandlers Hill Rd, O’halloran Hill, SA 5158 AUS
  • Contest sponsor – Mr Black Spirits, Level 1, 275 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000 AUS
  • Top 8 prizes (each valued at $164USD), 1 runner up prize ($800USD), 1 grand prize (valued at $2450USD)
  • 5 x semi finalists will be selected by the Mr Black judging panel. An additional 5 x semi finalists will be selected via public voting (public voting opens 13th October 2021 and 27th October 2021).
  • The final winner will be selected from the 10 semi finalists via a judging panel consisting of judges selected by Mr Black Spirits. Each cocktail will receive a combined score based on taste, presentation,  and creativity. The cocktail that receives the highest combined score from the judging panel will be announced the winner of the grand prize.
  • The grand prize winner will be announced on the 16th of November 2021
  • Winners will be notified by email, announced on Steve the Bartender social channels (Facebook and Instagram) as well as publicly listed on coffeecocktail.com.au

You can choose your preferred layout of portrait or landscape but ensure your photo has:

  • good lighting
  • suitable framing
  • the cocktail is in focus
  • good presentation (styling, garnish, suitable glassware, etc.)
  • is your own image

Remember to leave adequate space around the drink and that your drink is in the center so it will display nicely as a thumbnail. If the photo of the drink is too close or not centered, the drink will be cropped out which will most likely result in less votes for your submission.

The Top 8, runner up and grand prize will be sent within 28 days of the winner being announced. The competition closes on the 27th of October. The top 10 cocktail recipes will be judged within 20 days of closing and the winner will be announced on the 16th of November 2021.

The Top 10 will be announced on the 3rd November.

The runner up and the grand prize winners will be announced on the 16th November.

Grand Prize
Ultimate Bartender Meets Barista Pack (Total Value: $2,450 USD)

  • Breville Dual Boiler Espresso Machine
  • Yama Cold Drip Tower
  • Birdy by Erik Lorincz Bar Kit
  • 6 x Hand Blown Japanese Cocktail Glasses from Kimura Glass
  • Mr Black Merch Pack – includes tote, ice stamp, bottle pin, beanie, and jacket
  • The winning cocktail to be featured on thirstymag.com, SteveTheBartender YouTube, Mr Black Instagram and YouTube

Second Prize
Runner Up Prize (Total Value: $800 USD)

  • Birdy by Erik Lorincz Bar Kit
  • 6 x Hand Blown Japanese Cocktail Glasses from Kimura Glass
  • Mr Black Merch Pack – includes tote, ice stamp, bottle pin, beanie, and jacket

Final Top 8 

Mr Black Merch Pack ($164 USD) – includes tote, ice stamp, bottle pin, beanie, and jacket

Prizes are not exchangeable, transferable or redeemable for cash.

Prizes will be sent to the Winners’ provided delivery addresses at no cost to the prize winner.

  • 5 x semi finalists will be selected via public voting on the coffeecocktail.com.au (public voting opens 13th October 2021 and 27th October 2021).
  • 5 x semi finalists will be selected by the Mr Black judging panel
  • The Top Ten will be announced on the 3rd of November 2021
  • The Top 10 finalists will then be taste tested by the Mr Black Coffee Cocktails Judging Panel after the contest closing date
  • Each cocktail will receive a combined score on taste, presentation and creativity
  • The cocktail that receives the highest combined score from the judging panel will be announced the winner of the grand prize and the the second highest score will be the runner up.
  • The grand prize winner will be announced on the 16th of November 2021
  • 5 x semi finalists will be selected via public voting (public voting open from 13th Oct 2021 to 27th Oct 2021)
  • 5 x semi finalists will be selected by the judging panel
  • The Top 10 will be announced on the 3rd of November 2021
  • The Top 10 finalists will then be taste tested by the Expert Judging Panel after the contest closing date

You can enter as many original cocktails as you like.

A cocktail submission must:

  1. include Mr Black Coffee Liqueur as an ingredient
  2. be an original creation
  3. not contain more than 120ml (4 oz) of liquor
  4. you must be of legal age in your country of residence to enter

Cocktail recipes must include:

  • an original name
  • a description
  • a good quality photo
  • itemised ingredients list
  • step by step instructions
  • valid email address

Please note submissions will be approved prior to being published on the website – plagiarism and any inappropriate/offensive submissions will be removed.

The best way to receive more votes is by sharing a link to your cocktail on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, etc. Sharing buttons can be found below the description on each cocktail recipe.

Remember, the 5  cocktails with the highest number of votes by the 27th October will go into the final round with their cocktail recipe tasted by the Expert Judging Panel and be in the running for the grand prize.

You can vote for multiple cocktail recipes but CANNOT vote for one cocktail multiple times.

There are multiple procedures in place for detecting self votes, bots and spam votes. Anyone attempting to artificially inflate votes will have ALL their cocktail recipe submissions removed from the competition.

You can find the voting box below the main image of each cocktail recipe submission.

SUBMIT YOUR COCKTAIL FROM THE 29TH SEPTEMBER

You can submit your cocktail recipe following the steps:

A cocktail submission must:

  1. include Mr Black Coffee Liqueur as an ingredient
  2. be an original creation
  3. not contain more than 120ml (4 oz) of liquor

Cocktail recipes must include:

  • a description
  • a good quality photo
  • itemised ingredients list
  • step by step instructions
  • valid email address