Sponsored by Cincinnati Distilling American Whiskey
The whiskey with character.

Cincinnati. A city rife with character.  Do you have what it takes to be a true Master of the Corn while Slaying to the most Imaginary of Axes? Can you and a partner take to the stage to Air Guitar and mix your way to the first ever Air of Greatness Whiskey Competition? The bartender team that brings their best original Cincinnati Distilling American Whiskey cocktail recipe and stage performance will win a place in Cincinnati Legend. This contest is open to all who are 21 years of age or older. Refer to “the rules” for specific details regarding judging and social media requirements.


  • Both members of your team must be at least 21 years of age.

  • Team members DO NOT need to work at the same establishment.

  • While different skill levels are accepted, non-active bartenders are ineligible.

  • Only one cocktail recipe submission is permitted per team. If multiple submissions are received, the last recipe submitted will be reviewed.

  • Cocktail recipe must be an original recipe created by your team.

  • Cocktail recipe must use 1.5 OZ of either Cincinnati Distilling American Whiskey, 12 year, Honey, Fire Brigade, Malt or White Lightning.

  • Cocktail recipe cannot use more than six (6) ingredients (excluding garnishes).

  • Must provide exact recipe for any house made ingredients in the cocktail.

  • Any special performance, acts, use of fire, smoke, etc. must be approved by show producer, if selected.

  • Submissions must be entered by 11:59 pm local time on the deadline date in your market.

  • All registrants must be able to identify/confirm their partner within 48 hours of being notified they have made it into the competition, or they will be disqualified.

  • All submissions must be submitted through this site to compete.


**You do not have to be a member of the United States Bartenders' Guild to compete**

By filling this form out you confirm that if you are chosen to participate you will be available the date of the event listed above

All participants waive their rights to use their cocktail recipe, cocktail name, likeness and any photo/video taken during the live shows or for future promotional materials for a period of five years.

Round 1: July 14-21

  • Participants submit a Cincinnati Distilling American Whiskey recipe and submission form. Limit one entry and one post per member.

  • Entries will be recreated and scored. Top 4 recipes will advance to the live competition

Round 2: July 24

  • Top 4 entries are invited to perform on stage live at the Great American Whiskey Festival at Woodburn Brewing.

  • Votes will advance each head-to-head in a bracket style performance with the first round showcasing each entries original cocktail, and the second cocktail using a wildcard ingredient.

  • Votes will be made by a panel of judges and crowd reaction



  • All initial entries submitted through the above form.

  • 4 finalists will be selected to compete. Winners will be notified on Jul 21, 2021 and subject to availability on Jul 24, 2021

  • 4 total winners to be judged by a panel for top 3 prizes.

  • 1st through 3rd place will receive different tiered prize packages from Cincinnati Distilling and Woodburn Brewing.