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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bols Around the World: Enter for Your Chance to Win the Ultimate Global Bar Tour!

Want to win the ultimate bar tour around the world? Then don't miss the deadline for the 2012 Bols Around the World Competition. This is one of our favorite cocktail competitions, and this year’s theme is “The Master of Flavor”—in other words, who can create the most distinctively flavored cocktail using Bols liqueurs and/or Bols genever.

Show off your cocktail creativity, and you might be the lucky winner of a three-day trip to Amsterdam to compete in a live competition in May with bartenders from 12 regions around the world. The grand-prize winner of the live competition will receive an amazing eight-day global bar tour of the best cocktail bars in four different cocktail capitals of your choice: cities like London, Tokyo, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, New York, Los Angeles and more! The grand prize winner will also receive a one-year Bols Platinum Ambassadorship, which includes two trips to Amsterdam for intensive training and an all-expenses-paid visit to a world-class bar show, such as Tales of the Cocktail, Manhattan Cocktail Classics, Bar Convent Berlin, or Cocktails and Spirits.

The 11 global finalists will receive a one-year Gold Bols Ambassadorship, which includes one additional trip to Amsterdam for intensive Bols Ambassador training and an honorary contract to represent Bols in your own country at different seminars, trade shows and courses. And all national winners will receive a Bols Around the World 2012 National Champion Trophy and a Limited-Edition Bols Barrel Aged Genever signed by master distiller Piet Leijenhorst.

Again, the deadline for entries is March 15. You must be a working bartender to qualify, and cocktails must contain at least a 1/2 ounce of any Bols liqueur or a minimum of 1 ounce of Bols Genever, or both. For a full overview of rules and prizes, and to submit your recipe, click here.

We can't wait to see the finalists' recipes—last year’s submissions were incredibly creative and diverse. Be sure to get your recipe in by March 15 for your chance to win, and best of luck!

And here's a fun video with tips from Andy Seymour on mixing the perfect competition cocktail.