Nicole Sykes of Satan’s Whisker in London has been named the UK winner of the Bacardí Legacy global cocktail competition.
The Scottish bartender took the prize with her Ladder cocktail and will now travel to Miami in May to compete against 40 bartenders at the Global Final.
Made from Bacardí Carta Blanca rum, crème de pêche, honey water, grapefruit juice, orange blossom water and soda water, Nicole’s Legacy cocktail, which is inspired by the structure of a ladder taking you to greater heights, won over the judges with its unique flavour palette and creative back story.
Nicole said: “Taking part in Bacardí Legacy has long been an ambition of mine and so to be chosen to represent the UK at this year’s global final feels surreal.
“The standard was set so high by my fellow finalists who are all so accomplished in their own right. I feel grateful that we’ve had the chance to get to know one another as individuals and learn from each other.
“I’m so excited to see what the next phase of the competition brings and to take Ladder to a global stage.”
Metinee Kongsrivilai, UK brand ambassador for Bacardí, added: “As always, the standard at this stage of the competition is incredible high, but Nicole surpassed all expectations with her inventive and original cocktail recipe.
“We’re thrilled to be taking Nicole to Miami where we are sure she will do the UK proud. We also want to congratulate the other finalists for making it to the UK final and warmly welcome them to our Gran Familia de Bacardí.”
Ladder by Nicole Sykes
50ml Bacardí Carta Blanca rum
5ml Crème de pêche
5ml Honey water (3:1)
30ml Grapefruit juice
3dsh Orange blossom water
60ml Soda water
Shake all ingredients with cubed ice and strain into a highball glass. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.