RTD of the Year – New Competition

Craft Distilling Expo 

6-7th October 2022

Ready to Drink of the Year Competition 2022

The Crafdi Craft Distilling Expo is excited to announce the launch of its inaugural Ready To Drink / Ready To Serve (RTD/RTS) competition, following on from the success of “Rum of the Year” and “Gin of the Year” competitions.

The competition is free to enter for UK and EU producers, although entrants will be responsible for all costs associated with shipping and customs, including all fees, duties and taxes, etc…

The deadline for entry and receipt of samples is Tuesday 16th August 2022.

For Ready to Drink products, a minimum of 4 are required (bottles or cans). For Ready to Serve products, a minimum of 400ml is needed.


The competition is split into two parts:

Ready to Drink (RTD) of the Year

This is for drinks (most of which will be canned) that are designed to be consumed straight from their packaging/container. Examples include:

  • Hard Seltzers
  • Gin & Tonics
  • Spirits & Mixers
  • Other cocktails and mixed drinks (typically of an ABV below 12%)


Ready to Serve (RTS) of the Year

This is for products, such as bottled cocktails, which are not designed to be consumed directly from the container, but rather need to be prepared in some way, e.g. be stirred over ice, put in the freezer, etc., before being served in a glass. Examples include:

  • Bottled Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Sazerac
  • Pre-mixed Negroni, Dry Martini
  • Other cocktails (typically with an ABV over 18% ABV)

The deadline for entry and receipt of samples is Tuesday 16th August 2022.


Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants are responsible for ensuring that the entries are received before the deadline. All delivery charges, fees, duty, taxes and other costs associated with entry are the responsibility of the entrants. The competition organisers will not be liable for any damage to the entries whilst they are in the possession of the entrant or at any stage of the delivery process.
  • Results will be announced at The Craft Distilling Expo Live on Friday 9th October 2022.
  • For canned products a minimum of 4 cans are required and for ready to serve products a minimum of 400ml is needed. This is the minimum needed to ensure the effectiveness of the judging process.
  • Organisers reserve the right to re-categorize an entry if necessary.
  • There is no fee to enter the competition and so the only cost to enter is the cost of providing the sample.
  • Contact: David T Smith – david@distillingexpo.com

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