WA’s Best Cocktail Competition

Location: Crown Perth
Date: April 21, 2023
to June 27, 2023

The AHA(WA), in conjunction with Don Julio Tequila, is proud to present the inaugural WA’s Best Cocktail Competition.

This competition will recognise the venue that creates WA’s ultimate cocktail. 


From 15 May until 9 June, the WA public can vote on who they believe should win the 2023 WA’s Best Cocktail Competition.
Click here or below to cast your vote and you could win a $500 venue voucher.*
Voting will remain open until Friday 9 June. Please note a limit of one vote per IP address applies.


Zoom in on the map below to find a participating venue near you.


Nominations Open: 21 April 2023
Nominations Close: 10 May 2023
Voting Opens: 15 May 2023
Voting Closes: 9 June 2023
Mix-off: 27 June 2023, AHA Hospitality Expo @ Crown Perth

2023 PRIZE


The venue that wins the 2023 WA’s Best Cocktail Competition will be awarded their own exclusive private suite at RAC Arena to watch a leading international act.

With space for up to 12 guests, bring your team to celebrate your win by living the suite life for the day, with full, premium catering and drinks included.

VIP suites at RAC Arena are the ultimate luxury hospitality experience, with exclusive lift access and private, tiered seating. A personal attendant will serve guests before, during and after the show.

This prize is valued at $10,000.


      • One cocktail per venue can be submitted.

      • For the purpose of the competition, a cocktail is defined as a mixed drink incorporating one of the following bases mixed with other ingredients such as juices, flavoured syrups, tonic water, shrubs, bitters, etc.

      • The cocktail can contain:
            • Any single spirit

            • Any combination of spirits

            • a Non-Alcoholic Spirit Equivalent

            • A maximum of the equivalent of two standard drinks per serve.

        • The cocktail must be available and its composition remain the same throughout the competition period.

        • Any marketing by the participating venues must not depict or encourage irresponsible service or consumption of alcohol or contravene any WA liquor laws or guidelines. This includes ensuring the naming conventions of any cocktail remain appropriate.


          • Develop a winning cocktail and nominate for free online. 

          • Nominations must include the recipe, ingredients, method, price, picture and a brief description that explains the inspiration behind your cocktail, including any connection between the cocktail’s ingredients and the venue or the state.

          • Once nominated, the cocktail will be promoted via each venue (social media platforms, in-venue), while the competition will be publicly promoted by the AHA and Diageo.

          • Cocktail finalists will be determined using a combination of public votes and mystery judge visits, which will determine five finalists from across WA.

          • Finalists will then be invited to compete in a live mix-off at the 2023 AHA Hospitality Expo on Tuesday 27 June 2023, recreating their cocktail on stage and explaining the story behind each.


        The five finalists will be judged using the following criteria:

            • Taste (30 points) – Taste, appeal, balance of flavour and aroma, harmony between the ingredients, mouthfeel, and finish.

            • Aesthetic (20 points) – How the cocktail presents visually.

            • Authenticity/Creativity (20 points) – Considering the ingredients, garnish, ice or glassware.

            • Narrative (15 points) – The story behind the cocktail or a connection to the venue or to the state.

            • Promotion/Price (15 points) – How the cocktail was promoted and price point.

          Total = 100 Points

          *Voting Terms & Conditions

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