Bacardí cocktail contest now open to all countries

Posted by Christi Nortier on 20 June 2019

The Bacardí Legacy Cocktail Competition has been welcoming bartenders and their signature rum cocktail recipes into its ranks for more than a decade.

However, bartenders could previously only enter the competition if the country they worked in was a participant through a local Bacardí distributor or agent – until now.

The world’s largest cocktail competition tasks bartenders from around the world with dreaming up and creating an original and innovative recipe for a Barcardí rum cocktail.

The winning drink will ideally ‘stand the test of time and become established in the industry’, like classics such as the mojito or daiquiri cocktail.

The winning cocktail for this year was called 'Pink Me Up' and mixed rum, fresh tomato, syrup, lemon juice, olive brine and basil. Image: Bacardí.

The winning cocktail for this year was called ‘Pink Me Up’, a combination of rum, fresh tomato, syrup, lemon juice, olive brine and basil. Image: Bacardí

Thailand's Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn won the 2019 competition. He is the first person representing an Asian country to win the contest. Image: Bacardí.

Thailand’s Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn won the 2019 competition with his ‘Pink me Up’ cocktail. He is the first bartender representing an Asian country to win the contest. Image: Bacardí

Bartenders whose recipe is selected in the first round will go on to compete at regional rounds. The regional winner will compete against other regional winners for the Wildcard spot.

The winner of this round will gain a spot in the top 40 and compete in Miami in May next year for the title of Bacardí Legacy Global Champion.

‘As more and more bartenders see the incredible opportunities competing in Legacy offers, we get countless enquiries from them asking how to take part. It’s always been gutting to have to say that they can’t because their country isn’t participating – so we just knew we had to come up with a creative way to make the competition open to as wide a field as possible,’ says Dickie Cullimore, Global Ambassador of Bacardí Rum.

 

Feature image: Bacardí

 

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