Register: APR/20/2018, Submit: MAY/24/2018, Eligibility: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies and students; individually, teams up to 4 members, Fee: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 90 USD, students 70 USD (OCT/24/2017 – JAN/05/2018); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 120 USD, students 100 USD (JAN/06 – FEB/23/2018); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 140 USD, students 120 USD (FEB/24 – APR/20/2018); discount for 3+ registrations from one university/school, Awards: 1st Prize 3,000 USD, 2nd Prize 1,500 USD, 3rd Prize 500 USD, BB Student Award 500 USD, BB Green Award 500 USD, 6 Honorable Mentions
Riga Black Balsam is an iconic traditional Latvian drink, created from a combination of 24 ingredients, including herbs, roots, berries, and fruit juices. Its smooth and versatile taste can be enjoyed any number of ways, though it is often taken neat, or mixed into a cocktail of choice. More and more lately, younger audiences have begun to recognize that Black Balsam is great when mixed into cocktails.
In an attempt to further entice the younger fan base, the traditional Latvian liquor is launching the Black Balsam Laboratories competition, in which cocktail “workstations” would be situated in numerous locations around the world. The laboratories would need to accommodate one workstation for the bartender, as well as an area where visitors would be invited to mix and experiment in order to create their own Balsam-based cocktails.
RIGA BLACK BALSAM
Riga Black Balsam is thought to be one of the oldest bitter brands in history, having been brewed in the Latvian capital since 1752. Its traditional recipe consists of 24 natural ingredients, and has received over 100 awards at international fairs throughout the years. Often served neat or on the rocks, it can also be mixed with schnapps, akvavit, or even served warm in tea, coffee, or used as a topping on ice-cream.
What makes Black Balsam unique, in addition to its traditional recipe, is the unique crafting process, in which the manufacturers use single-barrel infusion technology. Botanicals are infused in a spirit-water mix to drive the so-called “Riga Black Balsam essence”. This essence is then blended with the other natural ingredients, such as honey, caramel, and natural juices.
As well as a unique brewing process, Black Balsam is instantly identifiable for its traditional natural clay bottle that retains its original unique appearance, as well as preserving the qualities of the drink.
THE COMPETITION BLACK BALSAM LABORATORY
For the Black Balsam Laboratories competition, participants are asked to present designs for a transportable structure that could be used to experiment with cocktail combinations in order to create the next trendy drink.
The structure would need to accommodate one workstation for a bartender, as well as an area for up to 10 other workstations for visitors to use and experiment in order to create their own cocktails.
The structure must be designed so that it can be easily assembled and disassembled, with all the parts fitting into 1 container 8ft (2.43m) wide, 8.5ft (2.59m) high and 20ft (6.06m) long in size.
The Black Balsam Laboratories will likely be used mostly at indoor events, but should be capable of operating outdoors in a warm, dry climate on occasion. It is important that the design represent both the traditional aspects of the drink, as well as the ambition to attract new audiences with a fresh approach to the beverage.