Three ‘most promising’ finalists announced for UK Bacardi Legacy

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The three “most promising” bartenders have been named for the next stage of the Bacardi Legacy UK cocktail competition.

They were selected out of eight finalists after competing last night in a UK heat in the Great Conservatory in Syon Park in west London.

The three (pictured left to right) are Matt Fairhurst from City Social in the City of London, Ben Davies from The Suburbs Bar in Chester and Ally Martin from Peg + Patriot in east London.

They will now spend the next six months promoting their serves until the overall UK winner is announced in March. See below for all three recipes.

The other five finalists last night were Roman Foltan from the Artesian at London’s Langham Hotel, Michael Braun from Panda & Sons in Edinburgh, Michael Brown from Albany Bar in Belfast, Robert Wood from The Edgbaston in Birmingham and Luca Missaglia from Quo Vadis in Soho, London.

Luca and Matt were wildcard entries while the rest won regional heats in Edinburgh, Manchester, Belfast, Bristol and London. All eight are pictured below at the event.

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Each bartender was challenged to create a cocktail that had the ability to stand the test of time and would be worthy of representing the UK in the May 2015 global final in Sydney.

For the first time in the competition, contestants were able to create a legacy drink serve with Bacardi Gold Rum as well as Bacardi Superior Rum.

The judges last night included Bacardi global brand ambassador David Cordoba, Simon Difford of Difford’s Guide and drinks writer Kate Spicer. They were joined by Tom Walker from The Savoy’s American Bar, who was the 2014 global winner of Bacardi Legacy, and Chris Moore of The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar, who was UK winner of Bacardi Legacy in 2013.

The event was hosted by Bacardi’s UK brand ambassador Shervene Shahbazkhani, pictured below with Metinee Kongsrivilai, UK on-trade brand ambassador for Bacardi.

Shervene said: “The calibre of entries for the final eight was already high, but Ben, Matt and Ally really stepped it up a gear for the national final.

“The atmosphere was electric and we are thrilled with the three serves chosen to move forward to the next stage of the competition.

“Both the drinks and the bartenders themselves have demonstrated the potential to innovate and build their very own drinks legacy that will be recognised globally and stand the test of time.”

Tempting Fate by Matt Fairhurst

50ml Bacardi Carta Blanca
20ml Pressed apple juice
20ml Martini Rosso
12.5ml St Germain elderflower liqueur
2 dashes of good-quality sherry vinegar
Garnish: 2 sage leaves and a lemon zest twist

Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupette glass with lemon zest. Garnish with two sage leaves and a lemon zest twist.

Golden Age by Ben Davies

45ml Bacardi Superior rum
10ml Crème de banana
10ml Yellow Chartreuse
20ml Burnt butter syrup
25ml Fresh lime juice
1 egg white
Garnish: Slice of dried banana

Dry shake all ingredients, shake again with ice and fine-strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a slice of dried banana.

Young Cuban by Ally Martin

50ml Bacardi Superior rum
20ml Lemon juice
15ml Orgeat
10ml Fino sherry
Small dash of soda
Garnish: Lemon zest twist (discarded) and 4 sprigs of dill

Shake all ingredients with ice, then strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass and top with soda water. Finish with a spritz of lemon zest twist and garnish with the sprigs of dill.

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Updated September 30, 2014, with comments from Shervene Shahbazkhani.

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