Make your barbeque stand out with a fun and crowd-engaging activity. Our idea centers around a drink “mixology” contest (the art or skill of preparing mixed drinks), but you can easily adapt this for a cook-off contest consisting of the best BBQ or a bake-off contest for the best dessert. These activities are fun, interactive, and engage the whole group.
How to orchestrate the contest:
Tell guests ahead of time that you are holding a contest, in this case a drink mixology contest, and ask them to bring the ingredients of the drink they are going to enter (inform them to bring enough for all your guests to taste). During your barbeque, provide your contestants with a pitcher identified with a number taped to it. Give your contestants a place to secretly create their concoction and then have them place their entry next to the others. Provide your “tasters” (aka all your guests) tasting cups, a slip of paper and a pencil to write down which drink they deem the best. Allow guests to taste test the concoctions, write down their choice and deposit the slips into a bowl or other container. When the votes are tallied, award the winner with a fun prize. Inexpensive prizes can consist of a chef’s apron with an iron-on decal declaring the title such as, “Mixologist of the Year.” Other prizes may include some fun unbreakable cocktail glasses or clever cocktail napkins.
Have fun! From your friends at Urbanity.