Flor de Caña and Liquor.com presents
The Fair Trade Certified™ Cocktail Challenge
Official Rules and Regulations
Sponsored by Flor de Caña
Liquor.com in conjunction with Flor de Caña are searching for bartenders who are passionate about rum, sustainability, renewable energy and responsibly sourced ingredients. Bartenders will be asked to share their best Fair Trade inspired cocktail for a chance to win a trip to either Costa Rica or Nicauraga.
Create one recipe:
Submit your recipes at flordecana.liquor.com.
Flor de Caña is a Fair Trade Certified™ Aged Product
The ingredients in many of our rums have been naturally aged to perfection for several years. Flor de Caña has participated in the Fair Trade Certified™ program since 2017 – ensuring that the raw ingredient is produced under rigorous social and environmental standards. While the bottles you see on the shelf today may not have been produced under Fair Trade Certification, Fair Trade’s Aged Product Policy ensures that every purchase you make today directly supports the current community and sustainability of our workers. This support comes through the Fair Trade Community Development Fund, which Flor de Caña has proudly contributed to since 2018.
Flor de Caña is excited to continue to raise the bar in social responsibility and environmental sustainability through a longstanding commitment to empowering communities for years to come.
Regional Competition Markets:
San Francisco, CA; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Miami, FL
States Not Eligible for Participation:
Any state except for California, Texas, Massachuesetts and Florida.
Bartenders who reside outside of the participating regional markets (San Francisco, Austin, Miami, Boston) and are chosen to participate are responsible for their travel expenses to the regional events (if applicable).
8 (Eight) contestants from each of the four participating markets will advance to the regional competitions.
Regional Event Dates
Taxes are the sole responsibility of prize winners. A 1099 will be issued to each winner for each prize awarded. No substitution/transfer of prize permitted. Prize winners are responsible for all necessary travel documents, including but not limited to passports, visas, etc. The Grand Prize winner will be travelling to Costa Rica or Nicaragua. International travel documents are required. Alcohol is not part of any prize. Approximate retail value of each prize will not exceed $10,000.
If the winner is not able to travel (Winter 2020), the winner can postpone their trip until the following year.
Timeline: Entry Period:
Exact date and time for regional finals will be communicated to potential regional competitors. Winners must be able to attend.
By entering this program, you are giving Liquor.com, Flor de Caña, and its affiliates explicit rights to use your photo, an image of your drink, drink recipe name, and your drink recipe for publicity purposes, including but not limited to: press, social media, digital activation and promotional activation.
Phase 1 - Online entries:
For the purposes of determining the regional finalists, entries will be assigned to the closest applicable market, as determined by the Sponsor. All complete entries submitted to flordecana.liquor.com within the entry time frame will be judged against the below criteria based on the perceived qualities of the written recipes. Entrants will be notified via email by Liquor.com if they have been selected as a top 8 regional finalist. All competitors proceeding to the regional competition event will be notified by August 23, 2019.
Phase 2 –Regional Competitions:
The regional finalists will participate in one (1) regional competition as assigned by Sponsor there will be one Regional Competition in each regions (San Francisco, Austin, Boston or Miami). There will be one (1) Grand Prize Winner selected from each Regional Competition.
Details of the regional and final requirements/rules will be communicated a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the competition.
Judging Criteria (Online Entries)
Initial scores will be based on the judges’ interpretation of the written description submitted. In some cases, judges may recreate the cocktails to settle closely ranked submissions.
Competitors will submit one original Flor de Caña 12-Year old rum recipe, including description and a photo of the cocktail. Entries will be judged and scored based on the following criteria:
Judging Criteria (Regional Finalists)
Scores based on the criteria below.
Original Cocktail: (50 pts.)
Guidelines and Requirements:
Flor de Caña and Liquor.com presents the Fair Trade Certified Cocktail Challenge is more than your typical cocktail competition. It’s an exploration of how important responsibly sourced ingredients are when creating classic cocktails. At each stage, participants will be asked to explain and explore the origins of Flor de Caña as well as what Fair Trade means to you. We want to understand the process and intent behind your version of this Fair Trade cocktail. You will also need to highlight how Flor de Caña has influenced your creation and give context for the decisions you made when creating this drink.
Any entries attempted through the use of agencies or robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed or similar methods will be void. Any attempt by a person to use multiple email accounts or identities to gain more entries than permitted by these Official Rules shall result in disqualification at the sole discretion of Sponsor. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the “authorized account holder” associated with the email address at the time of entry, which must comply with these Official Rules. The authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned an e-mail address by the service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses. Potential winners may be required to provide evidence (to Sponsor’s satisfaction) that they are the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with a winning entry. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the person who actually submitted an entry cannot be resolved to Sponsor's satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible. Entries and other submitted material become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Refer to Additional rules below for more details regarding the requirements for your entry.
Additional Requirements for Entry:
Entries must be in English. Entries must not allude to the overconsumption or irresponsible consumption of beverage alcohol. Entries that do not include all required information and do not adhere to the foregoing and following requirements will be considered void and will not be considered in the judging of this contest. Entries that are deemed by Sponsor in its sole discretion to be illegal, obscene, profane or not in keeping with Sponsor's image will be disqualified.
Employees of William Grant & Sons, Flor de Caña, Liquor.com, any of their affiliates, liquor wholesale licensees, as well as advertising/promotion agencies and their immediate family members and household members of each and retail license holders are not eligible. This promotion is void wherever prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. In the event that the contest is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, Sponsor or Administrator reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Contest, or to disqualify participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, Sponsor and Administrator shall have no liability to any entrants who are disqualified due to such an action. You must be at least 21 years of age to be eligible. Contest void wherever prohibited or restricted by law.
By accepting a prize, any winner: (a) releases William Grant/Liquor.com/ and their affiliated companies and licensed alcohol wholesalers and retailers from any/all liability claims, action or proceedings arising out of or for injuries or damages sustained while involved in any promotion activity or connection with the use of the prizes; as well as (b) consents to the use by William Grant & Sons/Liquor.com for promotional purposes in connection with this promotion, of his or her name and/or likeness and/or voice without further compensation where permitted. Winner must complete an affidavit of eligibility and liability release. A 1099 will be issued.
The Sponsor and participating promotional companies are not in any way liable for damage, loss or injury resulting from computer malfunctions, misdirected or incomplete entries or acceptance and use of the prize. William Grant & Sons/Liquor.com reserves the right in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this contest should virus, bugs or other causes beyond the control of sponsor corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the contest. The Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel terminate or suspend the contest. The Sponsors assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. CAUTION: Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the game is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such attempt.
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Create a cocktail with Fair Trade Certified™ ingredients for the chance to win
a trip to Central America.
Flor de Caña was one of the first spirits to be Fair Trade Certified™, and the first spirit to receive an aged ingredient certification.
Now, it’s inviting bartenders to share a cocktail as delicious and responsibly made as Flor de Caña.
Find out how you can win a trip to Central America in the Fair Trade Certified™ Cocktail Challenge, presented by Flor de Caña!
You’ll need to use at least two Fair Trade Certified™ ingredients in a creative cocktail to be eligible to win.
The first ingredient is Flor de Caña 12 Year Old rum. The second Fair Trade Certified™ ingredient is up to you. Any additional ingredients in the cocktail do not need to be Fair Trade Certified™, but it is encouraged.
Just make sure what you select is responsibly sourced and pairs well with ultra-premium Flor de Caña.
Share your original Fair Trade Certified™ cocktail by July 29.
Judges will evaluate all the entries between July 30 and August 20.
The bartenders advancing to the regional events will be notified on August 23.
The winner of each regional will earn a grand prize trip to Central America.