Bacardi has revealed Amsterdam as the destination for its 2019 global cocktail competition. Held in May next year, the rum brand will bring 42 bartenders from around the world to the Ditch capital to compete for the prestigious Legacy prize.
Amsterdam is also the home city of the current champion, Erik van Beek, who will host the highest number of participating countries – 48 – in the competition’s history, now in its 11th year.
‘We can’t wait to bring the Bacardi Legacy to Amsterdam next year,’ said Dickie Cullimore, the global ambassador. ‘It is a perfect opportunity to celebrate and showcase a city that has a well established reputation as a destination for nightlife, but is now fast becoming one of Europe’s shining stars for cocktail culture and bartending.’
2019 will also mark the first year entrants will be able to use Bacardi Añejo Cuatro rum as one of the key ingredients in their Legacy cocktail.
‘I am particularly looking forward to seeing how our entrants this year will use the new Bacardi Añejo Cuatro rum… I’m sure it will bring forth some interesting and delicious new ‘Legacy’ drinks next year,’ said Cullimore.
The announcement of next year’s destination was made live today on the competition’s facebook page from New Orleans’ ‘Preservation Hall’, where Bacardi was hosting a party for International Daiquiri Day at Tales of the Cocktail.
Van Beek, who is visiting Tales of the Cocktail with Bacardi as part of his prize, took the mic along with Cullimore to announce the next global finals would take place in his home city. Van Beek is currently working with Bacardi to develop his career and travel across the United States and Asia.