Calling all Texas, Florida and California bartenders: Balcones Whisky and Chilled Magazine are kicking off the second-annual Balcones Bartender Challenge!

Stake your claim as the Balcones Mixologist of the Year and receive $5,000 by winning this year’s Balcones Bartender Challenge.

Balcones Distilling barrel room

Balcones Distilling Barrel Room

How It Works:

Simply create a cocktail using Baby Blue, Texas Rye or the new Pot Still Bourbon. Enter the recipe and a photo of the cocktail online. We will choose six finalists (two from TX, two from FL and two from CA) to present their cocktail at the Balcones distillery in Waco. The winner will receive $5,000 and the runners-up will receive $500.

How To Enter:

Visit to upload your recipe and to read full contest details. The contest runs from June 1 – August 1, 2019. All recipes must include a full list of ingredients and preparation, as well as an image of the cocktail. All entries are due by August 1, 2019. The top six finalists will be chosen by August 20, and the final competition will be held in Waco on September 23, 2019.

this must be the place, 2018 winning cocktail balcones

This Must Be the Place

Judging Criteria:

  • Name: 10 points
  • Appearance/Presentation: 15 points
  • Inspiration: 25 points
  • Creativity: 20 points
  • Balance of flavors, aroma and character: 30 points

Prizes Include:

  • Top six finalists will win a trip to the Balcones distillery in Waco to present their cocktails to a panel of judges
  • Grand Prize = $5,000
  • Runners Up + $500 (5 Awarded)