The Contestants (from left): Senior Editor Laura Leu, Research Chief Christian Smith, Senior Associate Editor Stephanie Radvan, Copy Chief Ken Gee, and Digital Assistant Editor Cameron Berkman
The Judges (from left): Maxim CTO Mike Le Du, U.S. Bartenders' Guild NY President and The Dead Rabbit Mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer, Little Branch Mixologist Nevada Caldwell, and Silver Linings Mixologist Matt Clark
1. The cocktail does not need to have a base of Sriracha, but it must be a starring element.
2. The cocktail must have alcohol.
3. It must be made in the time allotted.
4. It does not need to be a one-of-a-kind brainchild recipe, but it cannot be a stolen word-for-word recipe either.
A perfect score is 40.
Contestants were judged on PRESENTATION, TASTE, CREATIVITY, and the NAME of the drink.
Contestants had 10 minutes to put together their creation. If they went over this time limit, 5 points were deducted.
LET THE MIXING BEGIN: