Tequila Expo

Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal is our 2016 Sponsor and Featured Spirit of the Vancouver International Tequila Expo Cocktail Competition!

Winner receives a 4-5 day trip to Mexico City and Oaxaca to visit the palenques of Peloton de la Muerte and Mezcales de Leyenda, as well as Mexico City's best cocktail bars and mezcalerias with Eric Lorenz of Lorenz Agave Spirits and other special guests - a dream mezcal trip including regional mexican cuisine, culture, cocktails, and all the mezcal you can stand.

Congratulations to our 2016 Winners!

First Place - Adrian Lindner, Beach Bay Cafe and Patio
Second Place - Brien Steward
Third Place - Martin Corriveau, Juniper

Thanks to our 2016 Judges and Emcee!

Head Judge Grant Sceney, Fairmont Pacific Rim, 2013 VITE Cocktail Competition Winner
Judge Tim Pawsey, North Shore News and HiredBelly.com
Judge Joanne Sasvari, Vancouver Sun
Judge DJ Kearney, Vancouver Magazine and Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers
Emcee Kevin Brownlee, Annalena


The Tequila Expo takes place Saturday, May 28, 2016, 7-10pm at the Vancouver Hyatt Regency Hotel, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC.

The Cocktail Competition will take place from 7:30-9:15pm at the Expo, to ensure that winners can be announced to the general public attending the Expo at the same time as we announce the People's Choice award winners among the tequila brands exhibited at the Expo.

Rules and Information:

Interested participants will submit one (1) cocktail recipe featuring at least 1 oz/30ml of Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal by filling out and submitting this form on or before May 1 at 4pm. The top competitors will be selected by a panel of judges using CPBA judging criteria. These submissions will be considered by the judges, and the top twelve (12) competitors will be announced on or before May 8. Competitors are not required to present their initial cocktail recipe at the Competition – but they will be required to submit four recipe cards at the time of the Competition with their Competition cocktail.

From there, the competitors must showcase the recipe as it appears on the card. Each competitor will have a total of 6 minutes to create 2 identical cocktails and present them to the judges. Points will be deducted at 0.5 per 30 seconds over. Once they have presented, competitors will provide batched small (1/3-1/2 size) samples (30) of their cocktail, that will be available for any spectators on a first-come, first-serve basis (Note that the "first-come, first-serve" concept of this portion of the evening will be VERY clear to Expo attendees). Any in-advance batching, mixing, or ingredient creation that competitors may wish to do is at their discretion. Peloton will be provided for the competition - all other ingredients, equipment and glassware must be self-supplied.

Competitors must provide all spirits & ingredients needed for their cocktail, and their own tools and glassware for the preparation and presentation of the cocktail. There will no mixers, spirits, tools, fruit or other provided on site.

Competitors will also each receive a ticket to both the Trade and Public components of the Tequila Expo Grand Tasting Hall/Main Event, and are expected to arrive no later than 6:30pm at the venue on the night of the Event. Upon arrival, please check in with Eric Lorenz or Samantha Scholefield. All will compete 2 at a time in six pairs chosen at random, and will be judged on standard CPBA criteria by an additional panel of judges.

Winner will be announced by 9:45pm at the Main Event.

About Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal and Mezcales de Leyenda:

El Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal is made by Cutberto Santiago & his family in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca from 100% Agave Espadin (Agave angustifolia) for Mezcales de Leyenda. For more information about Peloton de la Muerte and the Mezcales de Leyenda organization, including some of the establishments to be visited by the winner, please see:

Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal
Mezcales de Leyenda
La Botica
La Nacional

And make sure you stop by the Mezcales de Leyenda booth at the Vancouver International Tequila Expo!


Presenting Sponsor

First Majestic

Competition Partner

Vancouver International Tequila Expo © 2016