Submit Your Application for the 2018 "Make it Exotico" Sponsored by Exotico Tequila

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We are proud to continue our partnership with Exotico Tequila and the 2018 "Make It Exotico" Cocktail Competition! 


Here are some highlights of the 2017 "Make it Exotico" finals held in New Orleans! The competition offers competitors a fun platform and enriching experience. Bartenders get to showcase their talents as mixologists using Exotico Blanco or Reposado Tequila as the base spirit while connecting with other bartenders in the industry.


This competition invites you to use your creativity to present an original cocktail using Exotico premium 100% blue agave tequila.   

The competition will be open to all bartenders across the US with the semifinals being held in the cities posted below. If you are not in one of these cities, if selected, you will be responsible for all travel to and from the competition as well as your hotel accommodations.





Miami, FL - January 23rd

Raleigh, NC - February 6th

San Diego, CA - February 27th

Austin, TX - March 6th 

Indianapolis, ID - March 20th

Denver- April 17th

Detroit. MI - May 1st


Ten bartenders will compete at each of the seven live Semifinal Competitions with one winner from each Semifinal. Those that advance from their home regions get to experience Tales of the Cocktail and compete in the National Finals. The winner then gets the title and the experience of a lifetime... The incredible Gonzales family hospitality at the Distillery in Mexico!


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Make It Exotico Cocktail Competition Philadelphia Semifinal Judges (from left): Adam Schmidt of Drink Nation, Marilyn Johnson of Philly Grub, Catherine Manning of USBG, and Jenny DeHuff of Philly Voice.


Here is our talented group of National finalists where Megan Deschaine became our first "Make it Exotico" 2017 winner! In December, Megan will be heading to a once in a lifetime trip, hosted by fourth-generation Graciela Gonzalez, to Destiladora Gonzalez. She will visit the agave fields where the rich soil of the area allows the highest quality Blue Weber agave to grow, see how the agave is cooked in autoclaves and then aged in barrels. From field to bottle, the art of crafting tequila will come alive during this trip.


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(Katie Loeb, Nate Maston, Graciela Gonzalez, Ryan Williams, Grandon Weaver, Elizabeth Powell, and Megan Deschaine)






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December 6, 2017 09:14 PM by John Prepolec, Bloomfield Hills

Where can you submit questions on garnishes for this competition.  Can a decorative toothpick be used to hold fruit garnishes together?


Submit questions to

December 11, 2017 12:46 PM by Amy Childs

Anything that changes the flavor will be considered an ingredient. 

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