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Welcome to the Sixth annual Nation’s Most Imaginative Bartender Search, with 37 cities participating nationwide. This year, the Tennessee winner (and their manager) will be invited to fly to Las Vegas for the National Competition September 9-12, 2012.

Participants MUST submit their entries via the Horizon Wine & Spirits website by Thursday, May 31st. Nashville participants must also be available to attend the Cocktail Lab on Tuesday, June 5th, a hands-on event introducing the new Sapphire East led by Bombay Sapphire’s Brand Ambassador Gary Hayward. To qualify, inspired cocktails MUST be made with Bombay Sapphire as the main ingredient and MUST be featured in the participating bartender’s account beginning June 5th, and at least running through August 31st.

Fifteen finalists from across the state will then compete in an Iron Chef style competition event on Sunday, August 26th in Nashville. Each bartender will be asked to create a cocktail with Bombay Sapphire East and a choice of secret ingredients that will be provided at the event. The imaginative cocktails will be judged and a local market finalist will be chosen to fly to Vegas to compete in the national search and be featured in the GQ “Men of the Year” Issue advertorial!

Further Competition Details:

  • All Nashville bartenders will be invited to attend the State Finals event, but only 13 will participate. One bartender from each of the other state markets (Chattanooga, Memphis and Knoxville) will also participate in the finals.
  • At State Finals, bartenders will NOT be expected to present their original cocktails at the event. They will be invited on stage to create a cocktail with Bombay Sapphire East and surprise ingredients that will be provided.
  • The 2012 Nation's Most Imaginative Bartender winner will be featured on the cover of the GQ “Men of the Year” Issue, be a guest bartender at the GQ Man of the Year event in Los Angeles, attend the Global Finals, host a VIP Magazine Launch Party at their account and become an honorary Brand Ambassador.