Cocktail competition alert! Louis Royer “Force 53” VSOP Cognac is one of the booziest labels out there, ringing in at an impressive (or scary, depending on your take) 106 Proof. Just because it’s potent doesn’t mean you can’t mix up a tasty drink using the stuff. The spirit label just announced its first-ever “Show Me The Proof” Cocktail Competition, which asks bartenders to showcase the cognac in an original libation. The winner of the competition gets a pretty sweet prize – a one-week trip to France, with a stop at the cognac’s distillery in Jarnac along with a two-night stay in Paris so you can check out that town’s cocktail culture. The second and third prizes aren’t too shabby either, as the runners up will each be awarded $1,000.
To enter, you have to submit your recipe (you can submit two to double your chances) by August 31. Six finalists will mix up their drinks in NYC on September 19, where the winner will be chosen by a panel of industry judges. If you have an inkling to get mixing, you can see the rules and submit your cocktail here: www.shakestir.com/louisroyer