In case you haven’t heard, Sagamore Spirit is hosting the Cocktail Showdown Competition.

Sagamore Spirit challenged West, Central, and East regional bartenders to create the country’s best rye-whiskey cocktail. Each regional competition is held virtually and streamed live over multiple digital platforms.

Trinh Quan Huy-Philip, Brian Chambliss, and Max Wingert from the Central Regional are competing for a chance to win a $500 cash trip to the finals in Maryland. On June 16, the three bartenders will compete in a virtual live show to move onto the final round. This will be streaming on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

Sagamore Spirit Cocktail Showdown Live Event

One winner from each region will be chosen to compete at the Sagamore Spirit Distillery in Baltimore, Maryland on, September 28. Troy Del Grosso from Las Vegas is the West Regional winner.

For the East Regional bartenders, there is still time to enter. The call for entries opens on June 23 and will close on July 21. If you want to prove you can make the best rye-whiskey cocktail and compete against Troy and one of the three winners above, enter now.

Sagamore Spirit Whiskey Cocktail

Sagamore Spirit Whiskey Cocktail

This is the second annual Sagamore Spirit Cocktail Showdown. The regional winners will each receive a $500 cash prize and a two-night stay at the Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Baltimore. Following state and local guidelines for in-person gatherings, Sagamore Spirit will host the finals in front of a live audience and will broadcast it as well.

The cocktails will be judged on their presentation, taste, and originality. Each cocktail entered must be made with Sagamore Spirit Signature Rye Whiskey to be considered. The overall winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.