Grandpa’s Remedy – Ron Abuelo Bottled Cocktail Competition


Grandpa’s Remedy

A cocktail competition based on a serve you’d keep in your hip-flask, only sharing with friends in a small amount, as you know how good it is. It’s been passed down through the family for generations, but now it’s time to share it with the world.

Create an amazing bottled cocktail with Ron Abuelo and you’ll be in with a chance of winning a trip to the Ron Abuelo Distillery in Panama. There might also be a few visits to the beach while you’re there!

Second and third place won’t be disappointed either. You’ll both win a bottle of each of the Ron Abuelo Finish Collection; Tawny, Oloroso and Napoleon.

About Grandpa’s Remedy

What we are looking for:

A unique cocktail made out of Ron Abuelo 7 or 12yr which would be served to your guests out of a bottle or some other unique serving vessel.

We then want you to send it in to us a head office so we can serve it to the judges.

All details can be found at the bottom of the page.

How to enter?

Once you have decided on your drink, and how you want to present it, take photo of it and post it on social @ronabuelouk using #grandpasremedy so we know you are entering.

You’ll then need to package it up (either with what we have supplied, or your own packing) and send it to us by the 15th of April to : 174 Terrace Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 2ED.

If you are interested in receiving a care package, please get in touch with your local Hi-Spirits representative?

Key Dates

Competition is live!

Entry deadline: 18th April (deadline extended due to Easter weekend.)

Drink judging: 15 – 19th April

Winners announced: 19th April

Judging criteria and hints:

You must post a photo of your creation on social media tagging @RonAbueloUK #GrandpasRemedy

Judging Criteria

Total 100 Points

Taste  40
Creativity  15
Presentation  15
Knowledge  15
Concept  15

Enter now

Remember to package up your creation and send it to us by the 15th of April to : 174 Terrace Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 2ED.

For detailed competition rules click here

Grandpa’s Remedy – Ron Abuelo Bottled Cocktail Competition:

A competition based on a serve you’d keep in your hip-flask, only sharing with friends in a small amount, as you know how good it is. It’s been passed down through the family for generations, but now it’s time to spread to the world.

Terms & Conditions


  1. Maximum two entries per bar.
  2. Entries must be in the form of a long, sharing or short drink, but not a shot.
  3. Entries will be invited by Hi-Spirits based on the bar fulfilling entrance criteria and agreeing to abide by the rules of the competition.
  4. All entrants’ drinks must be entered with full specifications, methodology and instructions
  5. Entrants are to enter at
  6. Entrants must take a photo of their creation/ or whilst making their creation and post it on social media using the tag @ronabuelouk and #grandpasremedy
  7. Cocktails submitted must be sent to Hi-Spirits Ltd head office, 174 Terrace Road, KT12 2ED, Surrey, by 15th of April 2017.
  8. Drinks must be drinkable from the 15th of April, until the 19th of April.
  9. Drinks will be judged equally against each other i.e. no regional segmentation will occur.
  10. There will only be one round, with the winners being chosen at the end.
  11. Anyone interested in entering the competition can fill out the form and will receive an entrants pack, including; a sample of Ron Abuelo 7yr and 12yr, an information sheet, and a prepaid box for you to return your bottled cocktail in, if needed. You do not have to use this box, as your bottle might not fit.


  1. 1st place will win an all-expenses paid trip to visit the Ron Abuelo Distillery in Panama in 2018. Ron Abuelo will also fund the production to allow the account to sell the bottle serve in venue. To the value of £500.
  2. 2nd and 3rd will win a bottle of each the Ron Abuelo Finished Collection; Napoleon, Oloroso and the Tawny.

Ingredients – Bottled Cocktail  

  1. The cocktail must be made using either Ron Abuelo 7yr, or Ron Abuelo 12yr
  2. Recipes must contain a minimum of 50ml of Ron Abuelo per serve
  3. Cocktails must be sent pre-made in a bottle, or other hygienic storage vessel/container
  4. Lengtheners, including carbonated drinks, can be sent alongside the bottled cocktail, for the judges to finish the serve.
  5. Simple garnishes, dry ingredients can also be sent in alongside the drink. Please note, this should not require any further action apart form placing in the drink. (i.e. cutting)
  6. Simple citrus garnishes will be supplied including lime, orange, lemon – either peel, wedges, essence. Please explain to us how you would present it and we will do it for the judges.
  7. Full instructions of how to serve the drink must be included.
  8. Cocktails must be drinkable (not expire) between 15th – 19th of April 2017.
  9. Block ice, cubed ice and crushed ice will be available for the drink to be made with when being judged.
  10. Home-made ingredients are allowed. If using a home-made component, the competitor must also submit the recipe and method of how it was produced.


  1. Recipes entered must be expressed in ‘shots’, ounces (US) or millilitres with the use of ‘dashes’ and/or ‘drops’ limited to bitters, hot pepper sauce and the like. Fruit juice quantities must also be stipulated, e.g. “squeeze of lime” is unacceptable.
  2. Recipes entered must be the original creation of the competitor and if a competitor is thought to have plagiarised a known existing cocktail, they will be disqualified.
  3. Winner’s recipes must be included within their bars cocktail menu for a period of no less than 12 months and must be on the menu prior to travelling to Panama.

Drinks & Preparation

  1. Cocktails must be pre-made and sent to Hi-Spirits in a bottle or other hygienic container.
  2. The serve should be sent as though it would be served to a guest in your venue.
  3. Additional lengtheners can accompany the serve, for the judges to finish the drink, i.e. carbonated drinks.
  4. If instructed, we will put the bottles into a freezer or fridge, before being judge.
  5. Simple garnishes will be supplied for judges to finish the drinks, including; Orange, Lime and Lemon; wedges, peel and wheels.
  6. Apart from adding lengthens and a simple garnish, there should not be any other further requirements for the drink to be complete, i.e. we should not need to stir down or shake, unless you would expect the guest in your venue to do it, as its apart of the theatre.
  7. Standard glassware will be used, including a coupe, martini glass, rocks glass and long glass will be available. If you require special glassware, please provide it in the package.
  8. Note, points are awarded for presentation and theatre.
  9. Each competitor must submit at least two identical drinks. This can be in one large sharing bottle, or in two small single serve bottles.
  10. Judging will take place from the 15th to the 19th of April. 


  1. By entering this competition, competitors agree to assign copyright of their recipe and drink name to the competition organisers. Competitors and drinks presented during the competition may be photographed (still or motion picture) by the organisers and copyright of these images for any use, including advertising, will be retained by the competition organisers.


  1. Competitors are encouraged to send in as much information required for the judges to make the cocktail. Additional brand information, which would be served to the guest is suggested.
  2. Points will be awarded for general presentation and working methods. 


  1. You must post a photo of your cocktail on social media
  2. Points will be rewarded for the following:
Judging Criteria Total 100 Points
Photo posted on social YES / NO
Taste 40 points
Creativity 15 points
Presentation 15 points
Knowledge 15 points
Concept 15 points
  1. The competition organisers reserve the right to have the final decision on any matter relating to the judging of the competition. The competition organisers will appoint the panel of judges and reserve the right to replace or appoint new judges before or during the competition.
  2. The judges must remain impartial.
  3. While every reasonable effort will be made, the competition organisers cannot guarantee the safe return of glassware, equipment or any product supplied by a competitor. Therefore, competitors are advised to house their tools and product in bags/boxes which enable them to efficiently gather and hold their equipment and ingredients immediately after competing.


  1. Competitors must conduct themselves in a safe manner and any action considered by the organisers to endanger fellow competitors, judges or spectators will result in instant disqualification and possible ejection from the venue.
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