Cocktail Shakedown


Support Oklahoma’s most talented bartenders as they compete for prizes in the Oklahoma Restaurant Association Cocktail Shakedown. This exciting competition takes place during the first day of the Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo. 

Bartenders from all over the state will put their skills and abilities to the test as they compete to move through four timed rounds of cocktail preparations including the Championship Round. As each bartender lifts a shaker and creates his or her requisite signature concoction, they race the clock to create innovative and crazy delicious cocktails that will be judged on taste and balance, originality, drink presentation and stage presentation. 

Each round reduces the number of talented competitors, until the four finalists compete for the grand prize!

 
Click here for the official application.


• Rounds
• Eligibility, Entry, and Notifications
• Recipes
• Drinks & Preparation
• Competition Rules & Format
• Prize Packages
Partnership Opportunities & Current Partners
• Use the hashtag #ORAShake2019!


Rounds
The Cocktail Shakedown will take place on Tuesday, August 13. There will be 4 competitors is each round of each heat.  

Round  1
Heat 1 - 10:15 
Heat 2 - 10:40
Heat 3 - 11:05
Heat 4 - 11:30

Round 2
Heat 1 - 11:55
Heat 2 - 12:20
Heat 3 - 12:45

Semifinal
Heat 1 - 1:10
Heat 2 - 1:35

Championship Round
2:10

Eligibility, Entry, and Notifications
  • Eligible applicants must be employed by Oklahoma restaurant or foodservice operators and pay applicable application fees.(ORA members $0 fee; OKCBG members $20 fee; all others $30 fee). Applicants not chosen to compete will be refunded their application fee. All fees must be paid when application recipe is submitted.
  • To apply, ORA members must complete the online application including submission of an original recipe by 12 pm on August 1, 2019. All other applicants call Jillian Coursey, ORA to apply by phone at 405.942.8181 or email jill@okrestaurants.com.
  • All contestants are chosen through a blind process based on originality and creativity of their recipe. Those chosen to compete will not be required to prepare the submitted recipe, but may do so if the opportunity presents itself during the competition.
  • Competitors are not officially accepted until emailed “notice of acceptance” has been sent by the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.   
  • Only one (1) bartender per physical property may compete in the event.
  • Competitors must be at least 21 years of age at time of application with valid photo identification.

Recipes
  • Recipe must be an original cocktail created by the contestant.
  • No open flame or blenders whatsoever.
  • In all heats, bartenders must make enough to pour five (5) identical drinks.
  • Cocktails must have a minimum of three (3) ingredients; one (1) must be liquor or liqueur base including the heat’s mandated spirit.   
  • Ice is not considered an ingredient.
  • Garnishes which affect the flavor of the drink are considered one ingredient.

Drinks & Preparation
  • A standard bar setup will be supplied.
  • The bartender must use only the spirits and other products that are available at the Shakedown bar and may not bring beverage, other products or bar tools of any kind to the contest.
  • Products and ingredients supplied will remain a mystery until the day of the competition.
  • Ice will be supplied and can only be scooped or used whole to create the cocktail and/or ice the glassware.
  • The liquor pantry will be set by the Oklahoma Restaurant Association prior to the competition and reset after each heat.
  • Competition management will clean and reset each bar after each contestant. Contestants are asked to assist in this clean up. 
  • Competitors will have five (5) minutes to arrange the bottles, store-n-pours, tools and props in their station.
  • All competitors must make enough to pour five (5) identical drinks. 

Competition Rules & Format
ORA reserves the right to revise rules prior to the competition.
  • Competition is open to a limited number of competitors who complete the online registration form and submit qualifying recipes.
  • The competition takes place from approximately 10:00am to 3:00pm. Confirmed contestants must arrive in the competition room at 9:15 am. At this time, contestants will be taken through orientation and names will be drawn for heat assignments.
  • No blenders, no frozen drinks, no open flames! This is not a flare competition.
  • A bar of spirits will be provided by the Oklahoma Restaurant Association and partners.
  • Competitors will be required to prepare (5) identical cocktails.
  • Competitors will be given a two (2) minute warning before the end of each heat.
  • Competitors will be judged on Taste and Balance, Simplicity, Originality, Drink Presentation & Stage Presentation.
  • Judges will be comprised of industry professionals and media. Judges’ decisions are final.
  • Winners in each Round are determined by total points.
  • The competitors with the highest scores in Round I will advance to Round II, and Round II’s highest scorers will advance to the Semi-Final Round.
  • There will be a First and Second Place winner based on the scores attained in the Championship Round.
  • Rules are subject to change.

Round I
  • This round is a mandated PARTNER SPIRIT BRAND Competition.
  • All cocktails must have a minimum of three (3) ingredients; one (1) MUST be the PARTNER SPIRIT BRAND.
  • All competitors will have 5 minutes to pre-set their bar station.
  • All competitors will have 10 minutes to prepare 5 identical cocktails and garnishes.
  • The (12) highest-scoring competitors from each round will move on to the next round.
Round II
  • This round is a mandated PARTNER SPIRIT BRAND Competition.
  • All cocktails must have a minimum of three (3) ingredients; one (1) MUST be the PARTNER SPIRIT BRAND.
  • All competitors will have 5 minutes to pre-set their bar station.
  • All competitors will have 10 minutes to prepare 5 identical cocktails and garnishes.
  • The (8) highest-scoring competitors from each round will move on to the Semi-Final Round.
Semi-Final Round 
  • This round is a mandated PARTNER SPIRIT BRAND Competition.
  • All cocktails must have a minimum of three (3) ingredients; one (1) MUST be the PARTNER SPIRIT BRAND.
  • All bartenders will have 5 minutes to pre-set their bar station.
  • All bartenders will have 10 minutes to prepare 5 identical cocktails and garnishes.
  • The (4) winning bartenders from the Semi-Final Round will move to the Championship Round.
Championship Round
  • This round is an OPEN COMPETITION with NO PARTNER SPIRIT BRAND.
  • The competitors may use spirits and other ingredients of their choice.
  • All cocktails must have a minimum of three (3) ingredients One (1) must be liquor or liqueur base. 
  • All bartenders will have 10 minutes to pre-set their bar station.
  • All bartenders will have 10 minutes to prepare 5 identical cocktails and garnishes.
  • Scores will be wiped clean in the Championship Round.
  • The Champion and Runner-Up will be awarded based on the scores attained in the Championship Round.
  • In the event of a tie, total scores from all three rounds will be tallied to determine Champion. If a tie still persists, the Champion will be determined by total points for Taste & Balance, then total points for Stage Presentation.

Prize Packages
Champion Receives
  • Two Championship Belts – one to keep and one for your restaurant’s bar
  • $1,500 check from the Oklahoma Restaurant Association
  • 3rd Gen Apple Watch
  • Plus, a VAULT ICE prize package that includes:
    • Recognition as the official 2019 VAULT ICE Mixologist
    • A sleek acrylic 2019 VAULT ICE mixologist trophy
    • $500 in VAULT ICE gift certificates to use for premium ice products and more
    • Full sample case of the most popular products from VAULT ICE to use at home or work 
    • An elegant VAULT ICE cocktail set including glassware, ice server and more
    • A swag bag of VAULT ICE gear and wearables.
    • Featured recognition on the VAULT ICE website and online media campaign
    • A fully paid submission of the winning cocktail recipe to Bartender Magazine for an official "Cocktail Right" certificate and publishing.
The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by the Sponsor. No cash or other prize substitution permitted except at Sponsor's discretion. The prize is non-transferable. Any and all prize related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes shall be the sole responsibility of the winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by winners is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for VAULT ICE to use winner's name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.
 
Runner-Up Receives
  • $750 check from the Oklahoma Restaurant Association
  • Apple Airpods
  • $250 in VAULT ICE gift certificates to use for premium ice products and more
  • Liquor package and swag