The success of Yaguara cachaça’s inaugural cocktail competition in London last year has led it to launch it nationally and overseas for 2018.
With six heats due to take place in cities including Manchester and London, bartenders will compete for the prize of a trip to Brazil to visit the distillery in Parana as well as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Contestants will be asked to present an original creation using Yaguara as well as their version of the Rabo de Galo, a classic Brazilian drink made with cachaça and vermouth.
The winner of the final in London in September will travel to Brazil in early 2019 with national winners from other countries including Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, United Arab Emirates and the USA, where winners will come from both Miami and New York City.
The Cachaça Me If You Can competition, won last year by Gregory Camillò from Bar Termini in London, was created to showcase the versatility, vibrancy and quality of artisanal cachaça Yaguara while showcasing the skills and creativity of up-and-coming bartenders.
The brand’s co-founder Hamilton Lowe said: “Last year we were blown away by contestants’ creativity and passion. We were truly impressed by the enthusiasm for the competition so we’ve decided to take it on tour this year beyond London and to some of our key International markets.
“At Yaguara, introducing artisanal cachaça to the world is our mission and changing people’s perceptions of the category our aim. It is one of the most refined and most curated style of rums out there with endless flavour profiles.
“’Cachaça Me if You Can’ encourages bartenders to experiment and explore the possibilities of Brazilian rum with some exciting and mouth-watering outcomes.”
The competition is open from March 5 to anyone working at a bar stocking Yaguara. The deadline for entries of April 30. For more information and to enter, email Rosie Scott-Bennett at Original Brands on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distilled from fresh sugar cane juice in traditional alembic copper stills in Brazil, Yaguara is created under master blender Erwin Weimann, from the white Branca to the Blend and Ouro made with cachaças aged in different woods.