Spirits Criteria

In order to be eligible for a Good Food Award, spirits entries must meet the following standards:

• Made in the USA or US territories.
Utilize ingredients that are grown and sourced responsibly, with awareness of origin, seasonality, trade and labor practices.
• If the primary ingredient is a fruit, it is sourced domestically where possible, and grown without the use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers. Where a grain is the primary ingredient there is a strong effort made to use ingredients free of these inputs wherever possible.
 Free of artificial ingredients, including colors, flavors and preservatives.
Distilled without genetically modified ingredients, including the use of GM corn to produce grain neutral spirits.

Additionally, spirits entries must fit within one of the following subcategories:

• Whiskey
• Gin
• Vodka
• Agave-Based
• Sugarcane-Based
• Fruit-Based Distillates
• Liqueurs

*We will consider IPM practices for certain fruits on a case-by-case basis

Please note that modifiers such as bitters, shrubs, syrups, tinctures, concentrates, drinking vinegars and flavor extracts should be entered into the new Elixirs category.