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Tuscany, Five Nights. Yours to Win if your ‘A Zest for Life' Cocktail is the Best!

by Andrew Chalk

The nationwide search runs Friday, April 1Tuesday, May 31, 2022. The grand prize winner will be announced on World Gin Day on Saturday, June 11, 2022,and will receive a six-day, five-night trip to Tuscany in fall 2022.


Uncle Val’s Zested Gin Unveils ‘A Zest for Life’ Cocktail Recipe Contest

Winner Announced on World Gin Day - June 11, 2022

Grand Prize: Six-Day, five-night trip to Tuscany in Fall 2022

SONOMA, California (March 31, 2022) — 3 Badge Beverage Corporation today announced a nationwide search to find the best Uncle Val’s Zested Gin cocktail recipe, seeking a winning formula that embodies “A Zest for Life”.

Handcrafted with a refreshing touch of natural citrus, Zested Gin (SRP $39/750ml; 45 percent ABV) is a smooth, sipping gin that is as perfect enjoyed on its own or in your favorite cocktails.

“This contest is a terrific way for aspiring mixologists and gin aficionados to put their passion and creativity to the test with an original Uncle Val’s Zested Gin cocktail recipe,” said August Sebastiani, president of 3 Badge Beverage Corporation. “Zested is inspired by my Zio Valerio Cecchetti, whose experiments infusing fresh produce and botanicals from his garden outside Lucca, Italy became legendary in my family. I know he would be smiling thinking of all the people enjoying different takes on this exceptionally unique and smoothly delicious gin.”

Zested evokes the bounty of Uncle Val’s summer garden and is perfumed with fresh citrus and crushed coriander with underlying notes of Bergamot tea, mandarin peel and clove. Energizing flavors of ripe Crenshaw melon, crisp cucumber and tangy Kaffir lime are lifted with hints of white pepper and allspice followed by a long, lingering finish.

With its delicate juniper presence, Zested is the ideal base spirit to add a refreshing touch of natural orange citrus to classic cocktails such as a negroni, mimosa or breakfast martini, though its graceful nuances enable gin purists to enjoy it neat or with a splash of natural soda. “A Zest for Life” contest hopefuls, however, are encouraged to get a bit more creative!

The contest starts tomorrow (April 1, 2022) and is meant to inspire gin enthusiasts to demonstrate just how versatile this aromatic, citrus-driven spirit can be. Submissions will be accepted until the end of May (May 31, 2022), and the winner will be announced on World Gin Day (June 11, 2022), receiving a six-day, five-night trip to Tuscany, Italy as the prize (airfare and lodging included). Submissions will be accepted through or on social media by tagging @unclevals and using #ZestedCreation and #UncleVals (must include both for consideration).

For full contest rules and regulations as well as more information about Uncle Val’s Gin, please visit or

About 3 Badge Beverage Corporation

Established in 2015, 3 Badge Beverage Corporation is a négociant representing an innovative portfolio of terroir-driven wines and craft spirits from around the globe. Headquartered out of a historic, refurbished fire station in Sonoma, California, 3 Badge is led by fourth-generation vintner August Sebastiani. Named for his grandfather’s volunteer firefighting service badges, 3 Badge is built upon a philosophy of exceptional craftsmanship and commitment to place. 3 Badge Mixology offers Benjamin Chapman Whiskey, La Pivón Vermouth, Uncle Val’s Gin, Kirk & Sweeney Rum, Pasote Tequila and Bozal Mezcal, while 3 Badge Enology includes Gehricke Wines from Sonoma, Tree Fort Wines from the Central Coast, Cedar + Salmon wines from the Pacific Northwest and Guinigi Wines from Northern Italy. Additional information can be found at



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