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DMV Black Restaurant Week

2021 R.R. Bowie

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The Rules




  • Competitors will create an original cocktail based on a song by a Black/African artist, singer, songwriter, musician of any kind that inspires them.

  • Entrants must submit two (2) recipes - one with Equiano Light and one with Equiano Dark - and that vibes with the overall theme of #dmvbrw 2021: "Embracing our Diversity through Food, Beverage and Music."

  • Recipes must be submitted by Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

  • The committee will review all recipes and select the best innovative recipes to compete in the competition. The committee will confirm their selection ONLY to those chosen to participate.

  • Recipes shall be expressed in ounces, drops, or dashes and scaled for a single serving.

    • The only exception to the single-serving rule is if your cocktail is being served in a punch-style. Then it must be expressed in both singe-serving and multi-serving units.

  • Recipes must include a detailed description of the garnish if there is one.

  • The base spirit MUST be at least 1.5oz Equiano Rum.

    • Samples of Equiano products will be available to chosen participants before the competition.

  • Cocktails must not exceed the legal amount of liquor per serving by DC law (3 oz per serving)




  • This Competition is open to ANY BIPOC bartender currently working in the bar, restaurant or spirits industry residing in the DC, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) area.

  • Bartenders will prepare 1 cocktail per judge.  There will be 4 (four) judges. (So, eight (8) cocktails total.)

  • This is a timed competition. Bartenders will be given enough time to create and tell their story about their signature cocktails.

  • Competitors are responsible for any and all ingredients and garnishes outside of Equiano Rum products.

  • Judges will score based on:

    • Taste (Balance, Usage of Ingredients)

    • Presentation

    • Originality

    • Story Behind the Cocktail

    • Technical Skill




  • First Place - $500 

  • Second Place- Equiano Rum Prize Pack



All participants agree to have a photo shoot and/or video of them creating their drink and talking about their inspiration for the cocktail. These will be posted on DMVBRW platforms and participating sponsors’ social media sites.

"What Moves You? Shaken & Stirred Edition"

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