Drinkmanship Wins Consumer-Judged SIP Awards
Drinkmanship, a line of ready-to-drink canned cocktails, was awarded three medals in the 2023 SIP Awards. Drinkmanship is the newest product line from Charleston, S.C.-based cocktail and beverage manufacturers, Joe and MariElena Raya, who produce Bittermilk cocktail mixers, along with Barcoop Bevy mixers and Tippleman’s cocktail syrups.
Drinkmanship launched late 2022 in South Carolina with three ready-to-drink cocktails – an intriguing Tropical Negroni, a nitrogen-infused Thai Basil Swizzle, and a bubbly Passionfruit and Elderflower Gin Fizz. Each product entered in the 2023 SIP Awards earned medals during the blind tasting spirits competition judged by a panel of real consumers. With 1,382 entries from 49 countries, the SIP awards continue to set the industry standard for unbiased, consumer-based competitions.
Drinkmanship’s SIP Awards won include a Platinum medal for the Thai Basil Swizzle, Gold medal for the Passionfruit and Elderflower Gin Fizz and Silver Medal for the Tropical Negroni.
“We are thrilled to win the awards,” said Joe Raya, alongside wife and co-owner MariElena Raya. “The SIP Awards judges are real consumers –so they’re ultimately our judges in the market and gave their stamp of approval on our entire product line.”
Joe and MariElena Raya opened and owned the Charleston bar The Gin Joint from 2010 to 2017 before beginning manufacturing non-alcoholic cocktail mixers and syrups over the last decade. In 2022, they began distilling spirits and manufacturing Drinkmanship canned cocktails.
“We’ve essentially built an industrial bar, just trading our shaking tins for a jacketed tank and our ice for a glycol chiller and nitrogen doser to recreate great tasting cocktails of the same quality that we would craft behind the bar.” said Joe Raya.
Drinkmanship cocktails are currently available in South Carolina and Tennessee in liquor retailers. A four-pack of 200 mL cans of a single flavor retails around $18. For more information about the product line and to find retailers, visit drinkmanshipdistillery.com.
Drinkmanship is a line of ready-to-drink cocktails in a can. Each cocktail is made using foundational formulas of classic cocktails, beginning with carefully sourced ingredients and small batches of house-distilled spirit. At their North Charleston facility, where MariElena and Joe Raya manufacture other cocktail products, such as Bittermilk cocktail mixers and Tippleman’s cocktail syrups, the duo executes classic bar techniques using modern manufacturing equipment and distills using a small copper still. To learn more about Drinkmanship and its products or to find a local retailer, visit https://drinkmanshipdistillery.com.
About the SIP Awards:
The SIP Awards is a distinguished judging competition that provides spirit brands with exposure, unbiased feedback, and well-deserved recognition from consumers. As the sole blind tasting competition of its kind, the SIP Awards offers an impartial platform for leading brands to showcase their products to an astute and discerning audience. To learn more about the SIP Awards beverage competition, venue partnerships, or to access a complete list of this year's winners, visit https://sipawards.com.