The latest UK round of the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition has opened for entries, challenging bartenders around the country to create a cocktail that could rank alongside the likes of the Mojito and Daiquiri.
Bartenders need to register online at www.bacardilegacy.com by October 22, creating a cocktail that is balanced, refreshing, appealing and enduring and could become as celebrated as Bacardi’s other “legacy” cocktails.
The first 150 entries will be put into a prize draw to win a Bacardi trunk filled with rare Bacardi rums worth £500.
Now in its fourth year, the competition will begin with four regional heats in London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Bristol in October, leading to a UK final in London in February.
The three most promising bartenders from the national final will be given a budget and six months to market their Bacardi cocktail in a three-way race to become the UK’s entry to the global final taking place in February 2014.
Bacardi marketing director Liam Newton said: “Bacardi rum has undeniably inspired some of the world’s greatest cocktails. We want our Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition (BLCC) to be considered the premier platform for bartenders to showcase their creativity in coming up with the next Bacardi Legacy cocktail that will stand the test of time.
“The competition has been created for truly talented bar professionals from all types of outlet and all areas around the UK and keeps growing in popularity, demonstrating Bacardi‘s position at the forefront of modern-day cocktail culture.
“Becoming part of the Bacardi legacy is an amazing opportunity and the BLCC is a great chance for bartenders to become part of the Bacardi story. We are really excited to see the creativity behind the cocktails being put forward and we would urge all those who have been working on their own Bacardi-inspired cocktail to sign up via the Bacardi Legacy site and compete in the BLCC.”
The UK winner of the three-way contest this year was Zdenek Kastanek (pictured) of Quo Vadis in London. The three bartenders to get through to the “most promising” stage were Gordon Purnell from the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh, Dan Bovey from Sahara in Reading and Chris Moore from the Savoy in London. For recipes and a full report of February’s UK final, click here.