Moutai is calling on Australian bartenders to enter its annual cocktail competition ‘Enter The Dragon’ for a chance to win trip to China.

The ‘Enter The Dragon’ Cocktail Combat competition was created as way to engage Australian bartenders with the spirit. The competition will follow the country’s top bartenders as they battle it out with Moutai, pushing their creativity, focus and technique to new levels.

The initial process asks bartenders to submit their cocktail recipe, which must include 30ml of Moutai and an Australian native ingredient, by Friday 13 October.

The official judging will take place over five days and nights, with opponents presenting their Moutai-inspired masterpiece to an esteemed panel of judges, delivering a five-minute demonstration of their inventiveness and precision. The 10 finalists will then be announced at an exclusive reveal party on 23 October at Handpicked Cellar Door, Kensington Street, Sydney. The final combat will then take place on 13 November in Melbourne.

In the competition’s first year, Bobby Carey of Big Poppa’s slayed his competition to become the reigning Moutai master and has since visited the Moutai distillery in China. This year’s winner will be flown to China to experience and learn the ancient and modern techniques of Moutai production, followed by two nights exploring Hong Kong.

“This is a really exciting cocktail competition because it encourages our entrants to be as madly creative and inventive as they possibly can be,” says Moutai brand manager Jenny Chiu.

“We are looking forward to seeing how the bartenders marry the rich and varied flavours of native Australian ingredients with Moutai, the world’s most historic spirit.”

Recognised as the country’s national drink, Moutai is the leading brand of the world’s most consumed spirit, baijiu (pronounced “bye-joe”), a traditional Chinese alcoholic drink. Baiju is as varied as other spirit categories like rum, whisky and gin. Much like Champagne or Cognac, Moutai, the spirit, can only be given that name if it is produced in the town of Moutai.

Click here to submit an entry for the Moutai ‘Enter the Dragon’ cocktail competition.


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