PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur has announced the launch of its “Best Home Bar Star Contest.” Beginning today and running through February 29th, the contest encourages home bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts to submit cocktail recipes that are delicious, balanced, elegantly presented and, of course, use PAMA.

The winner will receive a trip for two to the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen in June 2012, plus $2,000 and the opportunity for their recipe to be presented in front of thousands of attendees at the Grand Tasting Tent. The winning recipe will also be featured on PAMA’s website.

The contest asks interested parties to submit a recipe and photo of their original drink, which will be judged on the following criteria:

– Originality/creativity
– Unique use of PAMA
– Ingredient combination
– Appropriateness of the cocktail name

The top 25 entries, as determined by the PAMA judging panel, will be posted to PAMA’s website and Facebook page for visitors to vote on their favorites. The 10 entries receiving the most votes will then be judged by a panel of cocktail professionals, including Kate Krader (Food & Wine), Darryl Robinson (The Cooking Channel’s “Drink Up!”) and Eben Freeman (master mixologist and PAMA spokesperson).

If you haven’t tasted PAMA, it’s a low proof (17% ABV) pomegranate liqueur that’s made from pomegranate juice, vodka and a touch of tequila. It’s both sweet and tart and blends easily with white spirits and sparkling wine. PAMA is a less natural fit with darker spirits, but it’s still a pretty friendly mixer.

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