Mackintosh Bartender Challenge 2020


Mackintosh Bartender Challenge 2020

2nd June 2019

We’re looking for Scotland’s best bartender to design a Mackintosh Gin signature serve and work with us on our limited-edition bartender’s edition gin that we’re launching in 2020. The inaugural Mackintosh Gin Bartenders Challenge invites bartenders working in Scotland to enter for a chance to compete at one of four regional heats in September 2019, with a final round to decide the overall winner in November 2019.

Entrants are to submit their idea for a signature serve using Mackintosh Gin. Ten entrants from each region will be invited to compete in a regional heat which will be judged by a panel on the night. The four winners from the regional heats will come together for a final round in November to decide the best cocktail which will be promoted as a signature serve for us throughout 2020. The four winners will join us in early 2020 to help produce our limited-edition Bartender’s Edition Mackintosh Gin which will go on sale that year with their name on the label.

The winner from each regional heat will win a £250 cash prize and a case of Mackintosh Gin for their bar.

How to Enter

We want you to create a cocktail using at least 25ml of Mackintosh Gin, that can be replicated by home bartenders with ingredients that are easy to source or make. You may use up to six ingredients, not including garnish, homemade ingredients are allowed but if used must detail the recipe and method.

Please complete the Mackintosh Bartenders Challenge entry form to submit your entry. We will need your drinks specifications, recipe if using home-made ingredients, the name of your cocktail, inspiration/story behind your entry and an image of your creation. The closing date for entry is Sunday 04th August 2019.


Ten bartenders from each region will be selected to attend a regional final where they will make their cocktail and present it to the judging panel.


All bartenders must be available to attend the regional heat on the selected date and all shortlisted finalists must be available to attend the overall final on the selected date, any bartender not able to attend these dates will forfeit their place. Regional finals will take place in Dundee, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The winner from each regional final will travel to Dundee to compete in the overall final to decide the overall winning cocktail that will be promoted as our signature serve in 2020.

Full competition terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of the entry form.

Should you require any further information please contact

Mackintosh Bartenders Challenge entry form


The winner of the regional final will receive the following:
£250 cash prizeCase of Mackintosh Gin for the bar you representReturn rail fare for the overall final in DundeeInvitation to collaborate with us on our limited-edition bartender’s edition gin in 2020

Competition Dates:

Submission open: Monday 01st July
Submissions close: Sunday 04th August 
Regional finalists announced: Monday 19th August
Glasgow regional final: Sunday 01st September
Dundee regional final: Monday 02nd September
Aberdeen regional final: Sunday 22nd September
Edinburgh regional final: Monday 23rd September
Challenge overall final: Sunday 03rd November

Judging Criteria

For both the regional finals and overall final your drink will be judged out of a total of 80 points. An additional 20 points will be awarded if the cocktail is listed on your bar’s cocktail menu and promoted on social media. Each bartender will have 2 minutes to prepare and 7 minutes to make and present their cocktail to the judging panel. Bartenders going over time will have a grace of 1 minute giving them a total of 10 minutes to prepare and present to the judges. Bartenders going over the 10 minutes will have points deducted from their overall score.

Your cocktail will be scored on the following:

Presentation (total of 30 points)
Drink presented within the time limit (5 points)
Skill and organisation displayed whilst making the Drink (5 points)
Story, Judge and crowd engagement (20 points)
Drink (50 points)
Presentation (15 points)
Concept (15 points)
Taste/flavour (20 points)
Bonus Points (20 points)
Featured on your bar’s cocktail menu (10 points)
Promoted on bartender’s social media (5 points)
Promoted on bars social media (5 points)

Mackintosh Bartenders Challenge entry form