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Think You Make the Country's Best Rye Whiskey Cocktail?

Register today to compete in the second annual Sagamore Spirit Cocktail Showdown! Three winners, one from each of the West, Central, and East regions, will face off in the National Finals at the Sagamore Spirit Distillery in Baltimore, Maryland this September.

West, Central, and East regional competitions will be held virtually and streamed live over multiple digital platforms. The top three contestants, based on votes below, will compete.

Regional finalists are welcome to set up at a home bar or an account of their choice. A panel of judges will receive the finalists’ recipes in advance and make each cocktail during the live broadcast. We encourage the use of approachable and easily accessible cocktail ingredients. All cocktails must be made with Sagamore Spirit Signature Rye Whiskey. Cocktails will be judged on presentation, taste, and originality.

Regional winners receive $500 cash and a two-night stay at the Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland during the National Finals. The National Finals will take place on September 28th in front a live audience* and broadcasted live.

One grand prize winner will receive $1,000 cash.

*Sagamore Spirit prioritizes the safety of its teammates and guests and will follow all local and state guidelines for in-person gatherings.



Voting is now closed. Congratulations to The West Regional Finalists!

The following three bartenders will compete LIVE on April 20th at 5:00 p.m. PST for a chance to win $500 cash and a trip to the National Finals in Baltimore, MD. The West Regional competition will be Co-Hosted by Ryan Sickler and Nick Jones with guest judges Ericka Ginger, Joe Anthony Savala, and Philip Dobard.

Troy Del Grosso

Las Vegas, NV

Rye Here, Rye Now

Rye Here, Rye Now

Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey, Meletti Amaro, Lillet Blanc, Green Chartreuse, Angostura Orange bitters

Cesar Roman

Fontana, CA

The Saga

The Saga

Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey, Gifford Caribbean Pineapple, Ramazzotti Apertivo Rosato, Lemon bitters, Dehydrated pineapple for garnish

Jonathan Stanyard

Seattle, WA

The Spring That Feeds

The Spring That Feeds

Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey, Watermelon-Mint Shrub, Fino Sherry + Strawberries, Fresh Lemon Juice, Campari, Orange Marmalade


Call for Entries Opens April 21st and closes May 27th.


Call for Entries Opens June 7th and closes July 23rd.


One winner from each region will compete at the Sagamore Spirit Distillery in Baltimore, Maryland on September 28th for a chance to win $1,000 cash!

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West Regional

Live Competition on April 20, 2021

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Central Regional

Live Competition on June 16, 2021

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East Regional

Live Competition on August 13, 2021

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Live Competition on September 28, 2021

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