Competition Details

Show us your best cocktail, inspired by your favorite Summer Sport (such as Gymnastics, Swimming, or Volleyball), for a chance to win a week-long trip for you and your guest to Tokyo and Kyushu Island, Japan, home of the iichiko distillery.

Submission period from May - July 15, 2021.

Open to legal residents of the contiguous 48 U.S. states (and Washington, DC) ages 21+

Judging Panel*

Jacques Bezuidenhout, San Francisco
Kevin Diedrich, San Francisco
Kenta Goto, NYC
Julia Momose, Chicago
Masahiro Urushido, NYC
Natasha Sofia, Chicago

Judging Criteria

Best showcasing of iichiko Saiten or a non-alcoholic alternative, with a minimum of 1.5 ounces used in the cocktail
Extent to which cocktail reflects inspiration of a summer sport
Name of the cocktail
Overall flavor and deliciousness
Creativity and originality


Recipes may incorporate 1.5 ounces of iichiko shochu or a non-alcoholic alternative and a maximum of five (5) additional and readily accessible ingredients, plus a garnish, to ensure reproducibility.

Finalists & Winner Announcements

Finalists announcement in July 2021
Grand Finale competition in New York in August 2021
Grand Prize winner announcement in August 2021

Submissions are now closed

*Subject to availability. Listed judges to participate only in later rounds of judging.

Official Rules