Excitement is mounting ahead of the UK final of the BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition. Eight finalists from bars across the country will be competing in front of a crowd of industry faces to be named one of the ‘Three Most Promising’ bartenders in the seventh edition of the competition.
The 2015 finalists are:
- Robb Collins, London Cocktail Club Goodge Street, London
- Andrew Dickey, The Merchant Hotel, Belfast
- Iain Griffiths, Dandelyan, London
- Madeline Martin, Flipside Cocktail Club, Bristol
- Santiago Michelis, Happiness Forgets, London
- Peter Nguyen, China Tang at The Dorchester, London
- Oliver Pluck, The East Village, Leeds
- Ryan Snedden, Tonic, Edinburgh
The eight were selected from a series of regional heats in September, judged by a panel of respected industry experts, including BACARDÍ brand ambassador, Metinee (May) Kongsrivilai. The group then had the chance to hone their mixology skills and refine their Legacy cocktail recipes at a special workshop in October, where they were also given advice on marketing.
One of the most rigorous and prestigious bartender challenges in the world, the BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition challenges bartenders to create a Legacy cocktail recipe that can stand the test of time and become a modern classic, alongside recipes such as the Mojito and the Cuba Libre.
This year the contenders range from The Knot, a mix of BACARDÍ Carta Blanca, mandarin juice, lemon juice, honey syrup, Angostura bitters and Martini Bitter Aperitivo by Nguyen, to Martin's El Coco, again using Carta Blanca, with coconut water, fino sherry, lemon juice, crème de peche and orgeat syrup.
The eight bartenders will showcase their Legacy recipes to an expert panel in the final. But that's only the start of the journey, as the 'Three Most Promising' will receive a budget from BACARDÍ to execute their own marketing campaign until March next year to generate support for their Legacy cocktail.
The bartender with the most successful campaign will be announced on 15 March 2016. He or she will then go on to compete in the global final on 23 April 2016 in San Francisco, pitting their skills against some of the best bar talent on the planet. Up for grabs is a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world.
Who will be worthy of the Legacy name? We'll find out in what promises to be another nail-biting final. Good luck to all the finalists from the team at Imbibe!