Welcome to the official page of the
Giffard West Cup 2019
U.S. Cocktail Competition

Every two years, Giffard Liqueurs searches the globe for the next West Cup champion. We are excited to announce that both rounds of the the U.S. preliminary competition to select the global finalists for the 2019 Giffard West Cup will be hosted and judged by the Death & Co bar team.

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Opened on New Year's Eve 2006/07 in Manhattan's East Village, Death & Co quickly became a cocktail institution, owed greatly to its staff of creative bartenders and incredible servers. Since then, it has evolved and changed; from an intimate bar in NYC to a sprawling cocktail lounge and restaurant in Denver -- and, perhaps, more to come. Through this growth, Death & Co has maintained its commitment to fine product and exceptional experiences, a focus on hospitality, and a deep desire to be a center for its communities.

Submit Your Recipe

Submit your cocktail recipe for a chance to compete in person in Denver, with two winners moving on to represent the U.S. at the Giffard West Cup international cocktail competition in France's Loire Valley.

Contest Details


Deadline for online entries is February 2, 2019 at Midnight Pacific time. Ten winners will be notified on February 11, 2019.

Live Competition at Death & Co in Denver

Ten winners from the online submission round will be flown to compete, all costs covered, in the U.S. finals in Denver, to be held on April 1-2, 2019.

West Cup Global Final,
France's Loire Valley

Giffard West Cup final: May 28: 1st and 2nd place winners of the U.S. Final in Denver, will win a trip to compete in the West Cup global final in France's Loire Valley, against winning bartenders from fourteen countries.

Who Can Enter

Open To Professional Bartenders Only.

Official Rules

Play by the RULES, folks

  • Keep it old school: Method must be easily replicable by our judges;
  • Two is better than one: Your cocktail may include more than one Giffard liqueur or syrup.
  • Don't complicate things: No custom ingredients allowed, e.g. syrups, tinctures, or homemade bitters; ingredients must be available commercially.
  • Sometimes one is better than two: Competitors may only submit ONE recipe and, yes, we'll have to disqualify you if you submit two.
  • Be Original: Merci.
  • If it's not listed here: See Giffard Products ... then you can't use it; Giffard ingredients used in cocktail must be available in the U.S. or Puerto Rico.
  • With Giffard, more is always better: Cocktail must use at least 1/2 oz. Giffard Liqueur;
  • Don't skimp on the good stuff: More than one base spirit is allowed.


Giffard Liqueurs is proud to partner with Death & Co, an iconic cocktail institution with locations in New York and Denver, with a highly anticipated new location coming in L.A. in 2019.

Judging Criteria

The judges will evaluate cocktail submissions based on the following aspects of the cocktail:

  • Originality
  • Use of Product
  • Taste
  • Appearance
  • Cocktail name

Submit Your Cocktail


The cocktail submission window is now closed. Ten winners will be notified on February 11, 2019.

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