Pickering’s Gin & Smokehead Scotch

Christmas in July

Cocktail Competition

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The holidays are over, but we want to bring the “spirits” of Christmas back for a little fun in the sun!

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The fine Scotsman of Pickering’s Gin and Smokehead from Ian Macleod Distilleries have agreed to help us put together a fun bartender brawl.

We’ve put together a festive competition for bartenders/mixologists in 4 states (Arizona, Tennessee, Georgia, Colorado) The challenge, if you’re up for it, will be to create 1 cocktail with Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky and then 1 cocktail with Pickering’s Original Gin. But there’s a catch! The Pickering’s cocktail will be a shotgun cocktail, made in the moment with ingredients provided by the judges. As for the Smokehead cocktail, it will be judged on brand creativity, personality, showmanship, speed and camaraderie.

All contestants must submit 1 Pickering’s Original Gin cocktail and 1 Smokehead Islay Single Malt cocktail to qualify. Each submission must use each brand as the base spirit (not used as a rinse or wash). Each submission must use at least 1 oz of Pickering’s and Smokehead. No other gin or scotch brand may be used in the cocktail submissions. Cordials and liquors are permitted but must be supplied by the contestant. Any recipes for syrups, shrubs or homemade mixers must be submitted with each contestant’s cocktail recipe.

10 lucky bartenders/mixologists will be chosen from each state, to compete at an event space to be announced. The winner from each state will be flown to Scotland at a date to be annoucned for the final competition at the Pickering’s Ol’ Royal Dick Bar.

All submissions must be made by May 1st, 2019.

pull out your best Christmas sweater and get the creative juices flowing!


Preliminary contests

will be held in Following Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona

June 12

Atlanta, Georgia

June 16

Denver, Colorado

June 19

Chattanooga, Tennessee

July 3

Venues for each competition to be announced.

Semi Finalists

10 lucky bartenders/mixologists will be chosen from each state, to compete in the Semi Finals

Semi Finals event space to be announced.


The winner from each state will be flown to Scotland for the final competition at the Pickering’s Ol’ Royal Dick Bar!

Final competition date to be announced.

By entering, you agree to The Terms and Conditions of Entry below.

Eligibility: The Contest is open only to individuals who (a) are legal residents of the fifty (50)United States (except residents of Utah), (b) are at least twenty-one (21) years old. Employees of Sponsor, PICKERING’S and SMOKEHEAD U.S.A., Inc. or any of other alcohol beverage company, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, are not eligible to enter.

Agreement to Terms and Conditions: By participating in this Contest, you indicate your unconditional agreement to these Terms and Conditions, the Program Requirements, and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. You cannot win a prize unless you comply with all requirements set forth herein. Sponsor reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions or the Program Requirements at any time, without prior notice. Any changes will be posted on www.questbrandsinc.com. Moreover, by participating, you represent that you are complying with any policies your employer may have regarding participation in contests of this nature.

Rights to Entries: By entering, you: (a) irrevocably grant Sponsor, PICKERING’S and SMOKEHEAD, and each of their agents, licensees, and assigns (collectively, the “Rights Holders”) the unconditional and perpetual (non-exclusive) right and permission to copyright, reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works of, exhibit, and otherwise use your Entry as-is or as-edited (with or without using your name) in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from you or any other party; (b) forever waive any rights of copyrights, trademark rights, privacy rights, and any other legal or moral rights that may preclude the Rights Holders’ use of your Entry, or require any further permission for the Rights Holders to use the Entry; and (c) agree not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against the Rights Holders on the grounds that any use of the Entry, or any derivative works, infringes any of your rights as creator of the Entry, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights, and moral rights.

Publicity: Except where prohibited, by participating in the Contest, you agree that the Rights Holders and any media attending events related to the Contest may use your name, likeness, voice, opinions, photographs, audio-visual footage, recipe, biographical information, state of residence, and/or any other record of your participation in the Contest for promotional purposes in any press releases, advertisements, television, radio, film, documentary, internet, or in any other publication or media without further payment or consideration.

General Conditions: In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest; or (b) award the prizes according to the criteria set forth above from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Contest, violates these Terms and Conditions, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void in Utah and where prohibited.

Release and Limitations of Liability: By participating in the Contest, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, PICKERING’S and SMOKEHEAD, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Contest or the processing of Entries; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property. You further agree to indemnify, release, and hold the Released Parties harmless from any claims that their use of your Entry (as contemplated in these Rules) violates or infringes upon the rights of any third party. You waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

Disputes: Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in applicable jurisdiction. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Terms and Conditions, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the law, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (in any jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction.