Rum brand Flor de Caña has announced that its cocktail competition Rum Frontiers is returning for 2019 with a focus on sustainability.
The competition, which launched in 2015, is centred on the brand’s dedication to sustainability and Fairtrade products.
Flor de Caña’s range of premium rums are distilled in Nicaragua, in the shadow of an active volcano, using water enriched by the volcanic soil. The rum is 100% naturally aged in bourbon barrels without the use of artificial additives or sugar.
For the first stage of Rum Frontiers, bartenders and mixologists are invited to devise a cocktail using Flor de Caña’s Gran Reserva 7 Year, plus at least one other Fairtrade ingredient, which they will have on sale in participating bars throughout March.
The first 200 online applicants will receive a complimentary bottle of Gran Reserva 7 Year to develop their cocktail.
UK brand ambassador Mateo Ortiz Lima will then begin his UK search for the top ten finalists who will compete in a live final in June.
2019’s winner will be awarded a trip to Central America where he or she will learn about Flor de Caña’s rich history and the production process of the rum. The winning bartender will also get to experience the best of what the continent has to offer, including tasting the local cuisine, sandboarding down volcanoes and rafting down rapids.
Mateo Ortiz Lima said: “We are looking to find the very best in bartending. Someone who can demonstrate their creativity and skill but also the best use of natural ingredients for an increasingly environmentally conscious customer.
“Sustainability is not new for Flor de Caña – it is a founding pillar of our product and brand – and we can’t wait to share this passion with the bartending community through our Rum Frontiers competition.”
In 2018, Edinburgh’s Lachlan Rooney (pictured) secured his winning position with a cocktail made with homemade marmalade, champagne and Flor de Caña 18-Year-Old expression.
Bartenders can apply at www.rumfrontiersuk.com.