'Tis the season to be merry, and toast the holidays with a fine mixed drink!   We're fond of both mocktails and cocktails, so we're hosting a Cocktails vs. Mocktails Contest!  

Enter your favorite mixed-drink recipes, and win some awesome prizes from ThinkGeek!  They can be cocktails or non-alcoholic mocktails, classic recipes or your own invention - we just want to see the best drinks you can make.

To make this contest a little extra-interesting, we're adding a new contest feature: the Team Bonus Prize.  Each Instructable will count toward either Team Mocktail or Team Cocktail. The team with the most entries will be rewarded with an extra top prize. Each category already has one top prize, but if Team Mocktail has more entries, then there will be two top prizes for mocktails, or vice versa!

So if you want to improve your odds for winning a top prize, submit more entries for your team!

For the Team Mocktailers out there: when titling your Instructable, be sure to add "mocktail" to the end. So "Daiquiri Mocktail" or "Piña Colada Mocktail" or "Gin & Tonic Mocktail." Sure, the last one is just tonic water, but you get the idea.

And one more special bonus: everyone who enters will also receive a coupon for up to $10 off a Think Geek purchase!  Every entry wins - what more could you ask for? Now, start your shakers and blenders!

Multiple entries are accepted and encouraged. International entries are allowed.

(Official Rules)

The Cocktails vs. Mocktails Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

13 PRIZES

Best Cocktail

Best cocktail wins a $60 gift certificate to ThinkGeek where you can get this Cocktail Chemistry Set to get all experimental with your beverages.

Also included is a one-year Pro membership, Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Best Mocktail

Best mocktail wins a $60 gift certificate to ThinkGeekwhere you can get the Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator and use physics to improve the taste of your wine!

Also included is a one-year Pro membership on Instructables, an Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Team Bonus Prize

This prize will be awarded to the team that submits more entries. So the second best cocktail or mocktail wins a $60 gift certificate to ThinkGeek where you can get these Whiskey Stones and look like you take the phrase "on the rocks" all too seriously..

Also included is a one-year Pro membership, Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Great Drinks Prize (10 winners)

Runners-up will win a $10 gift certificate to ThinkGeek where you can get these Ice Invaders ice cubes and enjoy some retro gaming action along with your beverage.

One-year Pro membership for Instructables, Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.
HOW IT WORKS

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Dec 2, 2009 and Jan 3, 2010 (11:59pm PT).

Enter

Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Cocktails vs. Mocktails Contest. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.

Accepting

Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.

Voting

Instructables members can vote for an entry during the contest plus 3 days after the contest closes.

Judging

A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.

Winners

When the winners are decided they will be announced here on the contest page. All entrants will be notified when this happens.