Entries are now open for the ninth edition of the BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition – and for the first time ever, UK bartenders can use the iconic rum brand’s eight-year-old expression, BACARDÍ Ocho, in their cocktail creations, as well as the brand’s flagship BACARDÍ Carta Blanca and BACARDÍ Carta Oro expressions.
Bartenders are invited to submit their recipes along with a description of the inspiration behind it to BACARDÍ brand ambassador Metinee Kongsrivilai. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Sunday 11 September.
24 June 2016 – UK entries open
11 September 2016 – UK entries close at 5pm
19 September 2016 – Regional heat Bristol
20 September 2016 – Regional heat Manchester
21 September 2016 – Regional heat Edinburgh
26 September 2016 – Regional heat Belfast
28 September 2016 – Regional heat London
November 2016 – Northern Europe Final in London
November 2016-March 2017 – Cocktail promotional period
April/May 2017 – Global Final in Berlin
Regional heats will take place throughout September, where five regional winners will be selected. These winners will then go on to compete at the Northern European Finals in London on 8 November. This year there will be one UK winner who will automatically qualify for a place in the global final in Berlin in 2017. This new format allows the ‘one most promising’ bartender to work closely with Kongsrivilai as they embark on their five-month promotional campaign in the lead up to the final.
The BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition is a global search to find a cocktail that can become a true BACARDÍ classic; a cocktail that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with famous cocktails, such as the Daiquiri or Mojito. Since its launch in 2008, the BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition has given rise to innovative creations from talented bartenders from some of the top bars in the world. It has also created a network of bartenders who share a bond formed by taking part in this unique competition and who have seen their careers go from strength to strength following their participation in Legacy.
The 2016 winner, Gn Chan from Angel Share in New York, won with a cocktail inspired by the Piña Colada with a modern twist, entitled Venceremos. France's Franck Dedieu took home the coveted title in 2015 with a cocktail inspired by the Latin culture that he shares with the Bacardí family. Since his win, Dedieu has served Le Latin at industry gatherings such as Tales of the Cocktail and Bar Convent Berlin, raising his profile in the trade significantly.