Bangkok bartender wins Bacardí Legacy cocktail competition

Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn

Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn from Bangkok, Thailand has been named the winner of 2019’s Bacardí Legacy global cocktail competition.

Following thousands of entries and a year of national rounds, 43 bartenders travelled to Amsterdam for the finals, where they took part in a range of educational workshops and presented their own original interpretation of a modern Bacardí Legacy cocktail.

Eight bartenders were selected to go through to the grand final, which was judged by maestro de ron Bacardí Juan Piñera, global rum ambassador Ian Burrell, New York bartender and industry mentor Julie Reiner, and Amsterdam’s Eric Van Beek, who won the competition last year.

Ronnaporn’s winning cocktail, Pink Me Up, combines Bacardí Carta Blanca rum with fresh muddled tomato, orgeat syrup, lemon juice, olive brine and fresh basil.

Co-owner of Backstage Cocktail Bar, Bangkok and the first person to win ‘Legacy’ representing a country in Asia, Ronnaporn explained that he wanted to create a refreshing new take on the classic ‘pick me up’ cocktail category using rum, a spirit not often associated with ‘brunch-style’ drinks.

Ronnaporn said: “It’s like a dream. I never allowed myself to think this could happen, but once I got into the top eight, I realised that this is a very big thing!

“It’s been amazing here in Amsterdam with my fellow competitors and Bacardí – as important as coming away as the winner is the fact that I now have a new family.”

As Ronnaporn’s prize, Bacardí will offer year-long support to further his career as a bartender by creating experiences tailored to meet his goals, gain worldwide recognition for his drink and provide a platform from which he will serve Pink Me Up at some of the finest bars in the world.

Bacardí’s global ambassador Dickie Cullimore said of the week in Amsterdam: “I think in terms of energy level, diversity and spirit we have never hosted a group of bartenders quite like the one this week in Amsterdam; they have been just phenomenal and will leave as one family.

“We are all in love with Ronnaporn’s Pink Me Up cocktail, which to me feels both incredibly innovative and yet somehow familiar, which is, of course, its genius!”

Pink Me Up

Pink Me Up
2 parts Bacardí Carta Blanca rum
3-4 pieces Fresh tomato
5-7 Basil leaves
1/2 Orgeat syrup
1 part Lemon juice
1 barspoon Olive brine
Muddle, shake and strain into a coupette glass. Garnish with a green olive and basil leaf.

2010’s Bacardí Legacy cocktail competition is set to take place in Miami, USA.

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