Crystal Head vodka's Creative Spirit Challenge, which is returning this year after a four-year hiatus, has extended its deadline for entries.

Competitors will be tasked to create and showcase their unique cocktails using a minimum of 50ml of Crystal Head Vodka Original. All applicants must email a photo of their creation and their drinks recipe, by May 9th, with successful applicants announced soon after. 

The semi-final heats will be hosted in Edinburgh (15th May), Manchester (22nd May), Bristol (30th May) and London (7th June), with the Grand Final taking place in London (27th June).

It will see eight finalists take part in a two-day creative session, attending a bespoke hands-on workshop hosted by The Great Frog, learning about how to craft hand-made jewellery. Each bartender will be gifted a Great Frog ring and a bottle of Crystal Head Vodka.

The following day sees the Grand Final competition, creating cocktails with both Crystal Head Original and Onyx Vodka expressions. The winner will receive flights and accommodation to attend the Athens Bar Show in November alongside being crowned Crystal Head Vodka’s UK Startender 2023.

PJ Jaurre, Global Brand Ambassador for Crystal Head Vodka, said: “Bringing back the Creative Spirit Challenge is massively important to Crystal Head Vodka. Seeing first-hand the surge in global innovation in cocktails post-pandemic, the world has fully re-opened and shaking up some of the best drinks I’ve ever seen - it’s mind-blowing!

“This competition is all about finding the hottest, raw talent that’s rising up in UK bars, pushing them to reveal their true creative spirits, what Crystal Head is all about, and I’m super-excited to see the results!"