Cocktail Art Challenge 2023

In honor of the second NATIONAL FLAIR BARTENDER’S DAY on June 10, 2023 we welcome you back to the Cocktail Art Challenge, where we challenge you to create your best cocktail art while entertaining us on stage with the art of Flair for the crowd and the judges. What will you create?


Cocktail Art Challenge 6_2023 Rules Updated




Pro Division 1st Place: $1,500 + Trophy

2nd Place: $1,000 + Trophy

3rd Place: $500 + Trophy

4th Place: $250 + Trophy

5th Place: $125 + Trophy


Advanced Division

1st Place: $500 + Trophy

2nd Place: $250 + Trophy

3rd Place: $100 + Trophy


Amateur Division

1st Place: $250 + Trophy

2nd Place: $125 + Trophy

3rd Place: $100 + Trophy

FINEST CALL STALL: $100 + Trophy

MOST ACCURATE BARTENDER: $100 + Trophy (Open to anybody on site that wants to compete)


FLAIR YARD DAY CONTESTS (Tuesday June 13th Open to everybody)



Competition Date: June 11-13, 2023

Competition Location:

Biergarten Boca Raton

309 Via de Palmas

Unit 90

Boca Raton, Fl 33432

Yard Day Location:

Tuesday June 13, 2023.

Lake Worth Beach

10 S Ocean Blvd

Lake Worth Beach, Florida 33460


Competition Outline:

Competitors will be challenged on Working Flair, Accuracy and original Cocktail Creations with the best Flair performance on stage as judging points will be based on 50% Mixology & 50% Flair with a possible 10 point accuracy bonus.


Pro Division
1. Lorenzo García (Las Vegas, NV)
2. Mike Hastings (Nashville, TN)
3. Jean Manuel Griman Linares (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
4. Olya Sabanina (New York, NY)
5. Ivan Usov (New York, NY)
6. Mariano Gil (Brownsville, TX)
7. Chad Tocco (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
8. Luis Ortiz (San Jan, Puerto Rico)
9. Jeff “Flip” Fralich (Saint Petersburg, FL)
Advanced Division
1. Adrian Reyes (Orlando, FL)
2. Carlos Mogollon (Barquisimeto, Venezuela)
3. Joseph Chavarria (Managua, Nicaragua)
Amateur Division
1. Alejandro Flores (Salt Lake City, UT)
2. Joshua Kennedy (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)

Emcee Dean Serneels

DJ Kid Karter

Cocktail Network Live Anchorman Dean Serneels

Photography Ryan Taffel

Videography VM Cesarphotography

Itinerary Itinerary Sunday June 11th, 2023:

  • 8pm: Competitor Meet & Greet and Official Competitor Meeting with Sponsor EducationBiergarten Boca Raton 309 Via de Palmas Unit 90 Boca Raton, Fl 33432

Itinerary Monday June 12th, 2023:

  • 3pm: Competitor Meeting
  • 4pm-Midnight: Competition
  • Midnight: After party at TBA

Itinerary Tuesday June 13th, 2023:

  • 3pm: Flair Yard Day on Lake Worth Beach 10 S Ocean Blvd Lake Worth, FL 33460 On the grass between the pavilions.


Registration $100/$75/$50: Please email events@barwars.info with either Pro or Amateur division along with first name, last name and phone number. after you make online payment.

First competitors in the Pro Division, Advanced Division  and in the Amateur Division to sign up first, secure their spot before registration closes. Registration is non-refundable and on a first come, first serve basis.


Pro Division (10 Competitors) $100 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cocktail-art-challenge-2023-tickets-606940303787


Advanced Division (5 Competitors) $75 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cocktail-art-challenge-2023-tickets-606940303787


Amateur Division (5 Competitors) $50 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cocktail-art-challenge-2023-tickets-606940303787


TICKETS $10 VIP $50 VIP TABLE FREE GENERAL ADMISSION https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cocktail-art-challenge-2023-tickets-606940303787


Any questions can be emailed to events@barwars.info and the question and answer will be posted below and is the competitors job to check this page daily to stay updated…


COMPETITOR QUESTIONS & ANSWERS WILL BE POSTED BELOW… (Please be patient with waiting on answers as Rob Husted is backpacking through South East Asia and will do his best to answer any questions during his trip when he can)

Q: “When will the full list of Sponsors be published? 

A: Posted May 22nd, 2023.


Q: “One question about the sponsor commerical…. Can we pick just one along with the finest call or are we promoting all the spirits? 

A: Yes, pick one along with Finest Call.


Q: “Hey, is it five minutes for every competitor regardless of pro or semi pro?

A: Yes, sir.


Q: “I do have a question about the competitors choice bottles if I use a non-competing spirit or Lacore and infuser, do I have to put it back into the original bottle or can I use that in competitors choice bottles?

A: If its store bought… then in original bottle… if it’s an infusion or homemade ingredient… your choice of original bottle or competitor choice for this comp. The sponsor spirits have to stay in original bottles and not altered.

Q: “Hi Rob! Just a quick question about rules. There are 2 hard liquors should be. Is it possible to use white and dark rum together or it should be different types of brands?

A: 2 different spirits… 2 from either
Yacht Life Vodka
Plantation Rum
Patron Tequila
Fundador Brandy

Q: I was just asking for our signature drinks if I was allowed to use fresh limes and squeeze them into my drink or do I have to use finest call lime juice.

I’m doing a remix on a margarita and was using the limes as an ingredient and was part of the process of building my drink but if nots allowed then finest call it is.. ?”

A: Yes, not fresh lime juice, but Finest Call Single Pressed Lime.

You could have a lime wedge as a garnish on top of your drink and squeeze, and drop it in.

Q: I think I only have one question basically: 

Can competitor choice bottles, and anything going in the cocktails (including plantation and fundador), be set at any level?”

A: Competitor Choice, Gin, Finest Call and anything else not on the schematic can be set to any levels. 

The only bottles of Yacht Life Vodka, Plantation Rum, Patron, Redemption and Fundador Brandy is set half full for working flair and have to start where they are displayed on the bar layout. No additional bottles of these can be brought on stage.


Q: “Will pour bottle for accuracy by a L or 750ml?”

A: 750ml. Same one as always.

Q: Can we put together any citrus blend for competitor choice if it includes fruits that finest call doesn’t make and spices?

A: For Competitor Choice yes.







Good luck to all of the competitors!