UK finalists revealed for Bacardí Legacy Cocktail Competition

Bacardi Legacy

From Bristol, to Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast and London, the most creative bartenders of the country have been busy creating their own cocktails for a panel of experts as they seek to become the UK winner of this year’s legendary Bacardí Legacy Cocktail Competition.

Six bartenders from across the UK have been selected to compete at the Northern European final in London on November 8 where this year’s finalist for the UK will be selected. They are:

  • Ben Alcock from Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Bristol
  • Chris Edwards from Filter & Fox, Liverpool
  • Joe Harper from The Century, Gleneagles
  • Roisin Mc Erlean from Rita’s, Belfast
  • Geoff Robinson from Seven Tales, London
  • Dan Berger from Ace Hotel, London.

As part of a new format for 2017, there will be only one “most promising” winner per country. The winners from each market will embark on a five-month campaign to promote their cocktails ahead of the global final in Berlin next spring.

Bacardí UK brand ambassador Metinee Kongsrivilai, who led a series of Bacardí Legacy workshops before the entries closed, said: “This year’s competition has seen several exciting changes, but the essence still remains to support bartenders and help the most talented to emerge.

“Throughout the regional heats we have witnessed some outstanding creations and we are very proud to take the six winners to the Northern European final. May the best cocktail win, and may it become a true Bacardí classic!”

Since its launch in 2008, Bacardí Legacy Cocktail Competition has given rise to innovative creations from talented bartenders from some of the top bars in the world. It has also created an international network of bartenders who share a bond akin to family through taking part in this unique competition.

Many of them have seen their careers go from strength to strength after taking part in Legacy, gaining more senior roles, travelling the world and even using it to gain jobs in other countries.

The competition is a global search to find a cocktail that can become a true Bacardí classic: a cocktail that can stand shoulder to shoulder with famous “legacy” cocktails such as the Mojito, the Daiquirí, the Cuba Libre and the Piña Colada.

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The Secret by Ben Alcock
5 part Bacardí Ocho Años
4 part Earl Grey tea
3 part Crème de fraises
2 part Lime sherbet
1 part Falernum
Stirred down and served in a tea cup with a lemon slice, mint, strawberry and a slice of toast garnish.

Stay Wild by Chris Edwards
50ml Bacardí Ocho Anõs
15ml Amontillado sherry
10ml Sage and wildflower honey
2 dashes peach bitters
Stirred down and fined strained into a Nick & Nora glass with a sage leaf and wildflower for garnish.

Pilar by Joe Harper
40ml Bacardí Carta Blanca
30ml RinQuinQuin à la Pêche
20ml Lime Juice
20ml Pineapple syrup
6-8 mint leaves
Top with soda
Shake and fine strain into a coupette glass and top with soda. Garnish with a mint leaf.

Matadero Street Resurrection by Roisin Mc Erlean
50ml Bacardí Ocho Anõs
10ml Briottet Crème d’Abricot
1/2 vanilla pod (scraped)
2 dashes orange bitter
Shake and half rim a coupette glass with nutmeg and cinnamon.

Barrio Cola by Geoff Robinson
30ml Bacardí Carta Blanca
15ml Contratto Rosso
15ml Cold brew coffee
15ml Allspice-vanilla syrup
10ml Fresh lime juice
Top with small amount of tonic, build and serve in a highball glass with fresh lime wheels twisted on skewer for garnish.

Revival by Dan Berger
50ml Bacardí Carta Blanca
20ml Fresh lime juice
15ml Pineapple syrup
3 cracks Sea salt
10ml Tonic water
Shake and serve in a Nick & Nora glass with dehydrated lime wheel for garnish.

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