MONIN CUP 2022 Irish Rules

MONIN Cup 2022 Theme: ‘Sharing Memorable Moments’

The idea?  We want you to use your creativity, skill, passion and inventiveness to develop a memorable cocktail moment.  A cocktail that is delivered with flare, theatre and emotion that brings the audience and judges together for a shared experience that won’t be forgotten.  By using all five senses, we challenge you to create a cocktail experience that can be shared, enjoyed and even felt by everyone together.  A cocktail creation that not only says something about you and your world, but also a reflection of what you would like others to take from that.

This summer we’ll be hosting the Irish final on 27th September in our Dundalk studio, with the exclusive prize* of an all expenses paid trip to Athens Bar Show! Our champion will go on to compete in the International Final in France later this year.

So, to remind you of what we hope you can showcase under the theme of “sharing memorable moments;

  • Memorability – a drink that you feel has something unique about it that will live on in the audience and judges thoughts, well beyond the end of the competition.
  • Immersive – a cocktail creation that makes the audience and judges feel immersed in your drink, that stimulates their senses and creates a unique moment that everyone can jointly enjoy.
  • Unique – this is about you sharing what you are passionate about and bringing others into your world so that they can share in this passion too.

Rules & Considerations


For each competitor to take part in the competition, all the following criteria must be met:

  • Competitors should be either professional bartenders or students from bar schools.
  • Entry requirement: you must be aged 18-27 during the time of the competition
    • Competition events are only allowing attendance to persons aged 18+ years old.
    • The upper age limit to participate in the MONIN CUP final is 27 years old; meaning all candidates will be born in 1995 or after.
  • Competitors will need to confirm their attendance and submit all required recipes and information to the event organisers by the final deadline (Final recipe specifications, ingredients required, inspiration for the theme etc.).
  • All competitors will have to bring their own tools and glasses and follow the exact recipe they submitted. Changes to the recipe could result in points being deducted or disqualification from the competition.
  • All competitors attending the final in France must be able to speak / present their drinks in English.
  • By entering this competition, you are agreeing to give MONIN the full right to use all cocktail and drink recipes created and presented during all stages of the competition for use in any and all publication.

Recipe & Ingredient Rules

  • Recipes must include a minimum 10ml of at least 1 MONIN product. This can be anything from the MONIN range (Le Sirop de MONIN, Le Fruit de MONIN or La Liqueur de MONIN). It is ok to use multiple MONIN products if you choose.
  • Competitors are free to use any edible ingredients in their recipe from any brands not competing with MONIN (Syrup, purées, or liqueur brands). There is no limit to the number of ingredients or quantities used, if all the ingredients are safe to consume.
  • Garnishes can be edible or not, if they are consistent with the drink or the theme of the competition
  • There is no criteria to compete either with an alcoholic or a non-alcoholic recipe.
  • NOTE – One homemade ingredient is allowed per competitor, but it must adhere to the following rules:
    • It can be an infusion, bitter, juice etc…
    • But any homemade syrup, cordial or similar product must use MONIN as a base.
  • For example, “Pineapple and curry syrup” should be MONIN Pineapple syrup flavour with curry.
    • If you choose to use a homemade syrup, cordial, or similar product, you must use an un-altered MONIN product in your recipe as well.
    • Homemade syrups are forbidden if the flavour already exists in the MONIN range.
    • Any homemade ingredients must be fully explained with full recipe instructions, written out in the registration form, before the entry deadline.


  • Competitors will have 3 minutes to prepare their bar space and 2 minutes to clean down.
  • Once the clock starts, competitors will have 10 minutes to prepare and present their drink and explain to the judges the inspiration and link to the theme.
  • Competitors will prepare 4 identical serves of their drink, 3 of which will be served to the judges and 1 for photography / display.
  • MONIN will provide MONIN products on the day. Any other ingredients must be provided by the competitor.
  • Competitors are advised to bring their own tools and glassware on the day of the competition.
  • Competitors should be in the preparation room 30 minutes prior to their scheduled time slot. Any competitor who is not on stage at the start of their 3 minutes preparation time may be disqualified.
  • The organising committee reserves the right to reject any participant, recipe or recipe name if considered unacceptable or in breach of the rules.

Competitor Code of Conduct 

The organising committee requires that all competitors will be honest in their behaviour and will respect the rights, opinions, and culture of fellow competitors and all others involved in the competition.

A competitor is an ambassador not only for the bar/school they are representing, but also for the bartender craft. A competitor’s interaction with the public, as well as other professionals, reflects greatly on the global bartender community. Please respect this responsibility.

All competitors are expected to be committed in pursuing drink excellence and are encouraged to share information and knowledge among each other to improve the bartender craft as a whole.

MONIN wishes to take, reproduce, and use photos or videos of the event for promotional purposes in link with the event. As part of the competitor’s participation in this event, MONIN asks that they read and certify the model release agreement provided and send it back fully signed and completed before competition starts.

Judging Criteria

The judging committee will make sure that each competitor’s number is filled in correctly on the scoring sheet. They will sign the scoring sheet after each drink is judged. All scoring sheets shall be collected and delivered to the scoring committee, who will compile the results.

Judging will consider:

  • The candidate’s presentation: Personal presentation and ability to communicate.
  • Cleanliness: Having an organised, clean, and efficient way of working, maintaining a clean work area, avoiding spillages.
  • Technical skills: The competitor’s skill and proper use of bartending techniques.
  • Drink evaluation: The appearance and presentation, the aroma, taste, balance, originality, and how it links to the theme of the competition.

Penalties shall apply for exceeding the time limit. (Minus 1 point for every 30 seconds overrun).


*Prizes subject to availability and expenses to be defined by MONIN. MONIN reserves the right to change prizes contents and allowances.

Christmas Delivery Times

Friday 16th & Monday 19th December - Christmas Cut Off *(Last days for guaranteed Christmas deliveries)

Wednesday 21st December - Last Deliveries**

Tuesday 03th January - Office Reopens

* All orders should reach us before 12pm on Monday 19th December 2022. 

** Deliveries to customers will resume on Wednesday 4th January 2023.