Bacardi reveals UK finalists for Legacy cocktail competition

Kate Malczewski

Kate Malczewski

31 January 2019

After nail-biting regional rounds across the UK, Bacardi has revealed the finalists for its national 2019 Legacy competition.

Four top competitors made waves in the regional heats: Clare Morrow of Vice & Virtue in Leeds, Chelsie Bailey of Filthy XIII in Bristol, Will Meredith of Dandelyan in London and Ken Langenfield of Monteiths in Edinburgh. They will each have the honour of serving up their rum cocktail creations before a panel of esteemed judges at the UK finals in March.

The winner of this national final will go on to compete at the global final in Amsterdam on 14 May, which will gather contestants from a whopping 48 countries – the highest level of participation the competition has ever seen in its 11 years.

As a precursor to the national final in March, the four UK bartenders will visit Puerto Rico and Miami next month to gather inspiration for their serves at the Bacardi distillery.

By Clare MorrowGlass: Champagne flute
Garnish: Discarded lime zest
Method: Stir all ingredients except champagne with cubed ice, single strain into a flute and top with champagne. Garnish with discarded lime zest.50ml Bacardi Ocho Reserva Rum
5ml Montenegro Amaro
10ml fresh lime juice
10ml salted agave syrup (2:1 agave to water, plus 1g sea salt)
50ml champagne

The Bricklayer
By Will Meredith
Glass: Old fashioned
Garnish: Discarded orange zest and orange slice
Method: Shake all ingredients with cubed ice and serve short over block ice. Garnish with a discarded orange zest and an orange slice.40ml Bacardi Carta Blanca Rum
10ml amontillado sherry
20ml fresh lemon juice
12.5ml orgeat
2 dashes orange bitters
1 dash absinthe

Rum Reverie
By Chelsie Bailey
Glass: Coupette
Garnish: Discarded orange zest
Method: Shake all ingredients with cubed ice. Double strain and serve in a coupette. Garnish with a discarded orange zest.25ml Bacardi Ocho Reserva Rum
25ml cream sherry
25ml apricot liqueur
25ml fresh lemon juice
Slice of orange

The Outsider Cocktail
By Ken Langenfeld
Glass: Nick & Nora glass
Garnish: Discarded lime zest
Method: Shake all ingredients with cubed ice and double strain into Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with a discarded lime zest.50ml Bacardi Ocho Reserva Rum
25ml fresh lime juice
10ml lime oleo saccharum
2 bar spoons of blackcurrant jam
2 dashes of absinthe

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