UK MONIN CUP 2022 - Competition Rules

MONIN Cup 2022 Theme: 'Sharing Memorable Moments'

The idea?  We want you to use your creativity, skill, passion and inventiveness to develop a memorable cocktail moment.  A cocktail that is delivered with flare, theatre and emotion that brings the audience and judges together for a shared experience that won’t be forgotten.  By using all five senses, we challenge you to create a cocktail experience that can be shared, enjoyed and even felt by everyone together.  A cocktail creation that not only says something about you and your world, but also a reflection of what you would like others to take from that.

This summer we'll be hosting two regional heats in Manchester and London, before September’s UK final in London, with the exclusive prize* of an all expenses paid trip to Berlin Bar Convent! Our UK champion will go on to compete in the International Final in France later this year, just like our very own Dimi who became 2018’s MONIN Cup winner!

So, to remind you of what we hope you can showcase under the theme of “sharing memorable moments;

  • Memorability – a drink that you feel has something unique about it that will live on in the audience and judges thoughts, well beyond the end of the competition.
  • Immersive – a cocktail creation that makes the audience and judges feel immersed in your drink, that stimulates their senses and creates a unique moment that everyone can jointly enjoy.
  • Unique – this is about you sharing what you are passionate about and bringing others into your world so that they can share in this passion too.

Rules, Regulations & Considerations

Competitor Selection Process

For each competitor to take part in the competition, all the following criteria must be met:

  • Competitors should be either professional bartenders or students from bar schools.
  • Competitors must be aged between 18-27 at the time of the competition.
    • The upper age limit to participate in the MONIN CUP final is 27 years old; meaning all candidates will be born in 1995 or after.
    • Competition events are strictly for people aged 18+
  • Competitors will need to confirm their attendance and submit all required recipes and information to the event organisers by the final deadline (Final recipe specifications, ingredients required, inspiration for the theme etc.).
  • On the day of the competition, all competitors will have to bring their own tools and glasses and follow the exact recipe they submitted. Changes to the recipe could result in points being deducted or disqualification from the competition.
  • All competitors attending the final in France must be able to speak / present their drinks in English.

Deadline to apply

  • Competitors should send their registration form with full recipe and ingredients to MONIN UK by the 17th July 2022 at 23:59:59 GMT. Doing otherwise could result in disqualification from the MONIN Cup.

Recipe and Ingredient Requirements

  • Recipes must include a minimum 10ml of at least 1 MONIN product. This can be anything from the
  • MONIN range (Le Sirop de MONIN, Le Fruit de MONIN or La Liqueur de MONIN). It is ok to use multiple MONIN products if you choose.
  • Competitors are free to use any edible ingredients in their recipe from any brands not competing with MONIN (Syrup, purées, or liqueur brands). There is no limit to the number of ingredients or quantities used, if all the ingredients are safe to consume.
  • Garnishes can be edible or not, if they are consistent with the drink or the theme of the competition.
  • One homemade ingredient is allowed per competitor, but it must adhere to the following rules:
    • It can be an infusion, bitter, juice etc…
    • But any homemade syrup, cordial or similar product must use MONIN as a base. For example, “Pineapple and curry syrup” should be MONIN Pineapple syrup flavour with curry.
    • Homemade syrups are forbidden if the flavour already exists in the MONIN range.
    • Any homemade ingredients must be fully explained with full recipe instructions, written out in the registration form, before the entry deadline.
    • If you choose to use a homemade syrup, cordial, or similar product, you must use an un-altered MONIN product in your recipe as well.

General Guidelines

  • Participants will have to explain their choice of recipe and MONIN flavour(s).
  • By entering this competition, you are agreeing to give MONIN the full right to use all cocktail and drink recipes created and presented during all stages of the competition for use in any and all publications.
  • By entering the MONIN Cup 2022, you formally agree to be photographed and filmed as part of event material by the organisers MONIN. MONIN owns all image rights for any material related to the MONIN Cup. MONIN wishes to take, reproduce, and use photos or videos of the event for promotional purposes in link with the event.
  • The organizing committee reserves the right to reject any participant, recipe or recipe name if considered unacceptable or in breach of the rules.

Competitor Code of Conduct 

  • The organizing committee requires that all competitors will be honest in their behaviour and will respect the rights, opinions, and culture of fellow competitors and all others involved in the competition.
  • A competitor is an ambassador not only for the bar/school they are representing, but also for the bartender craft. A competitor’s interaction with the public, as well as other professionals, reflects greatly on the global bartender community. Please respect this responsibility.
  • All competitors are expected to be committed in pursuing drink excellence and are encouraged to share information and knowledge among each other to improve the bartender craft as a whole.
  • As part of the competitor’s participation in the global final event, MONIN asks that they read and certify the model release agreement (MONIN wishes to take, reproduce, and use photos or videos of the event for promotional purposes in link with the event) provided and send it back fully signed and completed before competition starts.

Competition Events

  • Each competitor is required to use the exact drink recipe they submitted before the entry deadline and not to make any changes or alterations, as this will result in points being deducted.
  • When submitting your recipe and ingredient requirements, you will be told which ingredients can be provided and which ingredients you must bring with you. Please pay close attention to this as any ingredients you forget to bring may not be available at the competition location.
  • Competitors will need to bring all their own glassware or serving vessels that they need, making sure you have enough for the 4 drinks you will be preparing. (At the Final in France. There will be a range of glassware available for the final ‘market shopping’ round.)
  • Participants are advised to bring their own equipment to prepare their drink and garnish (Jigger, shaker, etc).

Competition Format and Timings

  • The order in which the participants compete will be determined on the day of the competition.
  • Competitors will have 10 minutes in the pre-stage area for preparing garnishes, finalising ingredients, and generally making sure that all aspects of their drink are prepared and ready (garnishes can be preprepared beforehand if you choose).
  • Competitors will then move to the stage where they will have 3 minutes for preparation and set-up (mise-en-place).
  • Once the clock starts, competitors will have 10 minutes to prepare and present their drink and explain to the judges the inspiration and link to the theme.
  • Competitors will prepare 4 identical serves of their drink, 3 of which will be served to the judges and 1 for photography / display.
  • Competitors will then have 2 minutes to clean the bar and clear away all their equipment / ingredients.

Judging Criteria

The judging committee will make sure that each competitor’s number is filled in correctly on the scoring sheet. They will sign the scoring sheet after each drink is judged. All scoring sheets shall be collected and delivered to the scoring committee, who will compile the results.

Judging will consider:

  • The candidate’s presentation: Personal presentation and ability to communicate.
  • Cleanliness: Having an organised, clean, and efficient way of working, maintaining a clean work area, avoiding spillages.
  • Technical skills: The competitor’s skill and proper use of bartending techniques.
  • Drink evaluation: The appearance and presentation, the aroma, taste, balance, originality, and how it links to the theme of the competition. Penalties shall apply for exceeding the time limit. (Minus 1 point for every 30 seconds overrun).

Results Gathering & Announcements 

  • Once all competitors have presented their drinks, the scoring committee will compile all the scores and determine the ranking of all the competitors. The committee will double-check all the results to avoid any mistakes.
  • UK Regional Winners from regional events (Manchester 26th July and London 9th August 2022) will be required to travel to compete in the UK final competition event in London on 6th September 2022. 
  • The UK winner will represent their country for the final which will be held in France at the end of 2022: Should the competitor win the UK final, they will need to confirm they will have a valid passport to allow travel to and from France in December 2022.


Prizes subject to availability and expenses to be defined by MONIN. MONIN reserves the right to change prizes contents and allowances.