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Sydney cider cocktail competition 2022 - Get your cocktail in the can

Entries are now open for the Sydney Cider Cocktail Competition 2022 with three great prizes up for grabs.⁠

This year we are challenging Bartenders in NSW to create a cocktail that is suitable for pre-batching and canning. The winner will have their cocktail canned at Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley and will collaborate on the design and production process.⁠

Sydney Cider - Cans of the original Sydney Cider
Agave Ginger Cider Sydney Brewery
Cherry Pear Cider
Sydney Cider Cocktail Competition 2022

We are inviting Bartenders in NSW to enter the fourth annual Sydney Cider Cocktail Competition and put their creativity to use in a cider-based cocktail.

After the success of previous years and the quality of entries received, this year we are challenging bartenders to create a Cider cocktail that can be pre-batched and canned using Sydney Cider, Agave Ginger Cider or Cherry Pear.


First Prize Winner:
  • The winner will have their cocktail canned by Sydney Brewery and will participate in the design and production process.*
  • This will include a trip to Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley for two, with an overnight stay at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley including dinner and drinks, worth $550.
  • The winner will also receive their choice of 10 cartons of Sydney Brewery beers or ciders, valued at $700.


*Terms & Conditions below apply for the first prize:

  • Bartender and Bar will have their names featured on the label.
  • The canned cocktail will need to feature Sydney Brewery cider(s) as well as keeping in mind the cocktail’s ABV and shelf life of cocktail ingredients. Cans will be pasteurised.
  • Cocktail may feature garnish for entry and as serving suggestion.
  • The canned cocktail will be marketed as a limited edition in 375ml cans.
  • The canned cocktail will be sold exclusively to you and your bar for the first month after production.
  • After the first month of release, the canned cocktail will be further available at Sydney Brewery venues (Sydney Brewery Surry Hills, The Cidery Bar & Kitchen, Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley) and via the Sydney Brewery website.
  • Sydney Brewery will help support marketing for the canned cocktail at your venue.
Second Prize Winner:
  • 10 cartons of your choice of Sydney Brewery beers or ciders valued at $700
Third Prize Winner:
  • 5 cartons of your choice of Sydney Brewery beers or ciders valued at $350


Thursday 23 June 2022 – Competition opens and entries are accepted via email (see below).
Sunday 7 August 2022 – Competition closes at midnight. Judging of entries begins to select finalists.
Monday 15 August 2022 – Finalists are announced.
Monday 22 August 2022  – Competition Finals are held between 5-8 pm at the Cidery Bar in World Square (see note below)

  1. Create a cider cocktail that can be pre-batched and canned using Sydney Cider, Agave Ginger Cider or Cherry Pear**.
  2. Email the name of your cocktail with a photo (including the can) and the full recipe, with a short describtion of the inspiration behind it to

Entries close midnight on Sunday 7 August 2022. If you’re looking for inspiration, find previous year’s entries here.

** Please contact Richard Feyn on 0412 288 144 or Matt Sharpe on 0423 333 200 if you need any cider products to compete with and we will drop some off. 


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Photo credit: Ella Miley

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The finals of the Sydney Cider Cocktail Competition 2018 were held on Monday 23rd Aril at The Cidery Bar in World Square, Sydney.

L-R: Nicola Morra, Natalie Ng, Daniel Noble

Eight finalists competed in front of a panel of judges with a Sydney-inspired cocktail using any of our Sydney Brewery Ciders and an Australian native ingredient. Daniel Noble of the soon-to-open Old Mates Place bar in Sydney took out the first prize with his cocktail, “Easy Like a Cider Morning”, a winning combination of Calvados with Sydney Cider, Agave & Ginger Cider reduction, Australian bush honey with cloves, lime juice and Hellfire bitters.

Natalie Ng of Door Knock in Sydney came in second place with with her cocktail “Proud To Be A Sydney Cider” using Sydney Cider with The Westwinds Cutlass Gin, Native Caper/ Wild Orange Cordial, citrus and lemon mrytle and sea salt spray. The third spot was awarded to Nicola Morra of Grasshopper Bar for his cocktail, “My Fizz Mate” using Manly Perry Cider with rum, fig liqueur, lime juice, pandan and lemon myrtle syrup.

The judges, Ben Davidson (Bespoke Drinks), Max Greco (Vasco Bar), Corinne Mossati (Cocktails & Bars, Gourmantic) and Richard Feyn (Sydney Brewery) were highly impressed with the calibre of the entries and the diversity of the spirits chosen to complement the various ciders.

The winner, Daniel Noble will be enjoying one night’s accommodation for two at Rydges Sydney Central, a tour of the our new Sydney Brewery, dinner for two at Rydges Sydney Central including Sydney Brewery drinks, and 10 cartons of Sydney Brewery products of his choice – a total prize value of $1200.

Second place winner Natalie Ng has won 10 cartons of any Sydney Brewery products valued at $700, while Nicola Morra will be taking home 5 cartons of Sydney Brewery products of his choice valued at $350.

Here’s the winning cocktail recipe of the 2018 Sydney Cider Cocktail Competition:

“Easy Like a Cider Morning” Cocktail Recipe

Recipe by Daniel Noble of Old Mate’s Place, Sydney (opening soon)


  • 45 ml Calvados
  • 20 ml lime juice
  • 15 ml Agave & Ginger Cider reduction
  • 7 ml native Australian bush honey with clove
  • 1 drop Hellfire bitters
  • 90 ml Sydney Cider

Glassware: coupette
Garnish: sea salt rim


Rim coupette with western Australian sea salt. Add the Calvados, lime juice, Agave & Ginger Cider reduction, honey and bitters into a toby tin with ice. Shake and fine strain into a chilled coupette and top with Sydney Cider.

Daniel Noble’s winning cocktail ‘Easy like a Cider morning’

In media partnership with Cocktails & Bars.

Written by: Corinne Mossati

Photo Credit: Ella Miley

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Well we had a such great event last night and in what could be unprecented for cocktail comps, we had a dead heat for first place!

Congratulations to joint winners above Jonothan Carr from Kittyhawk with his ‘Royal Summer’ and Kurtis Bosley from Public House management Group with his ‘Isaac’s Reasoning’.

Congrats also to runners up above Jordan Grocock and Dula Lorenzo, their cocktails and recipes also to be added soon, along with the other finalists and entries; a big thanks to all of you!

Finally for now, thanks to The Cidery Bar & Kitchen management and staff for looking after us so well and to our Judges Ben Davidson, Igor Pachi and Chris ‘lion’ Wheeler for giving up their time and helping to make our inaugural Sydney Cider Cocktail Comp Final so successful!


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