The Gentleman Jack
Whiskey Sour Classic

Sponsored by Gentleman Jack

Meet the 2020 Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sour Classic Finalists

Harrison Ginsberg

Derrick Li

Luke Nevin-Gattle

Mark Sassi

Alex Taylor

Amy Van Buren

Meghan Wright

Competition & Prize

Join the Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sour Classic to connect with your bartending peers and refine your skills—and develop new ones necessary in the time of social distancing—so you can express your creativity during this unprecedented time.

The winner will walk away with a $10,000 cash prize. Submit your innovative and smooth Whiskey Sour to be part of this one-of-a-kind competition.

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Changes for the 2020 Competition

To ensure the safety of competitors and judges, we have made some changes to the format of this year's Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sour Classic. These changes will make it possible for participants to learn, connect and compete, virtually.

  • Virtual regional semifinals.
  • Interactive seminars hosted virtually by competition judges will allow competitors to connect with judges.
  • Zoom educational sessions with the makers of Gentleman Jack for a deep dive on the iconic Jack Daniel Distillery and the production of Gentleman Jack.
  • Recording and key tools sent to semifinalists to enable participants to virtually present their cocktails.

Judging Criteria

Connect with Industry Leaders Through the Whiskey Sour

The judges of the 2020 Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sour are doing a lot more than grading recipes. These cocktail experts will be leading free interactive seminars to put everyone in a position to thrive in the competition—and beyond.

Bartenders who advance to the virtual semifinals will receive everything they need to virtually present their cocktails to the judges from the comfort of home without incurring any expense to do so.

In addition to creating a beautiful and delicious cocktail, the judges will ask you to explain and explore the origins of the sour throughout the competition. The judges will also ask about the process and intent behind your Gentleman Jack whiskey sour.

Meet the Judges

Three cocktail and spirit industry leaders will share insight and feedback through every stage of the competition.

Dale DeGroff

Eric "ET" Tecosky

Mia Mastroianni

Competition Regions

Rather than competing head-to-head in a local bar, the regional competitions will be held virtually this year. It’s still important to choose the region that includes your home state.

Each regional will feature seven bartenders, with the winner advancing to the finals to compete for the grand prize of $10,000.

*Texas, Louisiana, Utah, Kansas, and New Hampshire are not eligible. The finals will be TBD until further notice.


The entry deadline has passed.
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Gentleman Jack's Commitment to Its Community

This year, the COVID-19 crisis and protests against racial inequality have exposed serious needs in communities essential to Jack Daniel's and Gentleman Jack. Together they've launched initiatives to help restaurant workers and African Americans overcome the unique challenges they're facing during this unprecedented time.

The Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sour Classic is partnering with the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation to help hospitality workers who have been unable to work regular hours because of the global pandemic.

Learn More about the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation

In addition, Jack Daniel's and Gentleman has committed $5 million dollars to its new Nearest & Jack Advancement Initiative. This money will help establish the Nearest Green School of Distilling, develop the Leadership Acceleration Program (LAP) for apprenticeships and establish the Business Incubation Program (BIP), focused on providing expertise and resources to African Americans entering the spirits industry as entrepreneurs.

Learn More about the Nearest & Jack Advancement Initiative

Spread the Word

Invite your bartender friends to create a delicious, innovative recipe for the Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sour Classic. Because every bartender should try to win the experience of a lifetime.