Satan’s Whiskers’ Nicole Sykes has won the UK heat of the 2020 Bacardi Legacy cocktail competition.
The final saw Sykes present her cocktail, Ladder, in front of judges Chelsea Bailey (Happiness Forgets and Bacardi Legacy’s 2019 UK winner), Hannah Lanfear (The Mixing Class), Dickie Cullimore (Bacardi global brand ambassador) and Matt Fleming (head of drinks innovation at Stonegate Pub Company), and an audience of drinks industry professionals at last night’s ceremony, held at 100 Wardour Street.
Sykes competed against fellow finalists William Campbell-Rowntree (Artesian, London), Matthew Galloway (Tigerlily, Edinburgh), Ed Belshaw (World Service, Nottingham) and Alex Godfrey (Callooh Callay, London) who each took it in turns to present their drinks against the clock.
The finalists' challenge was to produce a cocktail that can stand the test of time and sit alongside classic Bacardí cocktails such as the Original Bacardí Mojito, the Original Bacardí Daiquiri and the Bacardí Old Cuban.
Garnish Grapefruit slice
Method Shake all ingredients with cubed ice and strain into a highball glass. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.
50ml Bacardí Carta Blanca rum
5ml crème de pêche
5ml honey water (3:1)
30ml grapefruit juice
3 dashes orange blossom water
60ml soda water
Sykes’ winning drink was inspired by the structure of a ladder, enabling those who climb it to reach new heights. Sykes has already enjoyed a successful career, having worked at the likes of Lyaness, Voodoo Rooms and The Voyage of Buck. She’s also enjoyed a swathe of recent award nominations, including this year’s Imbibe Personality of the Year awards in the Hot Stuff category.
‘Taking part in Bacardí Legacy has long been an ambition of mine and so to be chosen to represent the UK at this year’s global final feels surreal,’ said Sykes of her win. ‘The standard was set so high by my fellow finalists who are all so accomplished in their own right. I feel grateful that we’ve had the chance to get to know one another as individuals and learn from each other. I’m so excited to see what the next phase of the competition brings and to take "Ladder" to a global stage.'
Sykes will travel to Miami in May to represent the UK in the global final along with 40 other international winners.