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.

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 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 individually submitted online via the form below 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 11 July 2021.

The judging...

  • The finals will take place in late July/early August on a Monday evening. Finalists will be notified in advance but everyone is invited to attend. 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.

If you have any queries in the meantime please email Nat or call 01273 77 00 44.

Submit your entry online
Please complete the form below for each cocktail you submit then email a photo of each cocktail to

Thanks for submitting!