Four UK bartenders have been named the ‘most promising’ at this year’s Bacardí Legacy after battling it out in the competition’s regional heats.
Clare Morrow from Leeds, Will Meredith from London, Chelsie Bailey from Bristol and Ken Langenfeld from Edinburgh (pictured left to right) will compete for the final time in March, hoping to impress the judges with their cocktail entries.
Clare, who currently works at Vice & Virtue in Leeds, presented her Sinergia cocktail. Spanish for ‘synergy’, the Sinergia embodies the idea of being able to tell a story and then toast to it afterwards; it is about togetherness in that moment.
Dandelyan bartender Will has entered Bacardí Legacy twice before. Inspired by his experience in the competition to date, his cocktail, The Bricklayer, represents resilience and growth, and pays homage to a generation of bricklayers within the Bacardí family.
Having undertaken a military-style analysis of over 150 previous Bacardí Legacy cocktail entries in her black book of cocktail recipes, Chelsie, a bartender at Filthy XIII, brings considerable knowledge and experience to the table in the form of the Rum Reverie.
Bacardí Legacy 2019 marks Ken’s first time entering a cocktail competition. The former chef’s love of the outdoors and foraged ingredients come together in his The Outsider cocktail.
Next month, all four bartenders will visit Puerto Rico and Miami as part of their Legacy journey, where they will explore the history of Bacardí at the Miami archives and Bacardí distillery in Puerto Rico, to further inspire their campaigns.
The winner will be announced at an industry dinner and will go on to represent the UK at the global final in Amsterdam on May 9.
Metinee Kongsrivilai, UK brand ambassador for Bacardí, said: “We’ve seen an incredibly high standard of competitors in the UK this year.
“Clare, Will, Chelsie and Ken not only demonstrated that they have what it takes to make a winning Legacy cocktail, but also excited us with the stories behind their drinks. We wish them the best of luck for the upcoming UK final and would like to congratulate everyone who has taken part so far.”