Following four intense rounds of regional heats, culminating in the London and South West heat on Wednesday, the six Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition UK finalists have been announced.
Will Meredith from Dandelyan, Dominic Whisson from The American Bar at the Savoy and Robb Collins from London Cocktail Club will join Christopher McQuillan from Oliver’s Restaurant in Belfast, Leon Back from Panda & Sons in Edinburgh and Oliver Pluck from Epicurus in Leeds to compete for the title of UK champion.
Challenging bartenders to create a ‘legacy’ cocktail with the potential to establish itself as a classic, the Northern European final will take place in Amsterdam in November.
‘Bacardi Legacy has been running for 10 years and we’ve seen a lot of drinks! So the hardest part of this competition is finding something truly different and that is what all finalists have presented,’ said Metinee Kongsrivilai, UK brand ambassador for Bacardi rums.
‘The inspiration behind their drinks were personal and unique, incorporating elements not just from their personal lives but also from today’s bartending culture. Their drinks were creative, forward thinking and delicious. They are not only replicable in their own bars but have the potential to be replicated at bars all over the world. This is what Legacy is about.’
Runners-up from each heat were:
Ryan O’Kane from The National Grand Café (Belfast)
Bettina Kovacs from The Bon Vivant (Edinburgh)
Adam Day from Peggy’s Bar (Manchester)
Following the Northern European final next month, the UK champion will travel to Mexico City for the 10th global final….