It'S Cocktail O'Clock in SUSSEX!


Connecting hospitality staff and buyers with local producers and makers is a key objective of BITE, so we invite you – our colleagues in the Brighton and Sussex bar industry – to participate in our virtual ‘Sussex Surprise’ cocktail competition presented in partnership with Mixology Group and featuring locally produced spirits – Brighton Gin, Bolney GinBrooksteed GinMadame Jennifer and Slake Spirits – some of which you may be familiar with already and some could be a new opportunity to sample.

To apply...

  • We have 30 cocktail competition boxes available on a first-come, first-served basis to Sussex bartenders.

  • To apply to participate please fill in the online registration form at the bottom of this page. 

  • Boxes will be available to collect from My Brighton hotel in Jubilee Street from 1 June.

Competition rules...

  • You can create and submit up to 3 cocktails to our virtual ‘Sussex Surprise’ cocktail competition, using any combination of spirits and ingredients included in your box.

  • You must use include at least one of the provided ingredients. You can also include in your cocktail additional ingredients such as citrus, bitters – including aperitif bitters and vermouths up to 25% abv –, syrups and non-branded mixers of your own choosing. Please do not use any other strong spirits.

  • Take a photo of your cocktail – including the bottles of the spirits you use – accompanied by your inspiration, recipe and method. Entries must be submitted online via the competition page on this website with your photo emailed to

  • Also do share your entries via Instagram by tagging us @bitesussex, @drinksussex, @themixologygroup, @slakespirits, @brightonginstergram, @madamejenniferdistillery, @brooksteed, @Bolneyestate, @mdteashop, @redroastercafe, @wobblegate, @ fitzwineuk, #bitesussex and #drinksussex. Entrants agree that Bite Sussex and partner brands can repost and promote images/recipes.

  • Online entries close at midnight on Sunday 27 June 2021.

The judging...

  • The finals will take place in July in Brighton. The panel consists of BITE patron Sir Peter Field lord-lieutenant of East Sussex, Myles & Zoe Cunliffe of Mixology Group, Adam Rice of My Brighton hotel, Helen Taggart from MDTEA, Di Palmer from Redroaster Coffee, Tom Stephens from Wobblegate Orchards, Oli Peniston-Bird from Fitz and our spirit brand partners.

  • An overall winner and 4 runner-ups will be chosen. The winner will receive a complimentary bottle of each of the featured spirits, a WSET level 2 course with Mixology Group and  a distillery tour for you and your colleagues. The runners-up will receive one bottle of spirits and a rosette to wear with pride.


Thanks for submitting!