UK’s Iain Griffiths reaches grand final of Bacardí Legacy

Iain Griffiths

Iain Griffiths from Dandelyan in London has won a place alongside just seven other bartenders from around the world in the grand final of the Bacardí Legacy competition.

With his cocktail, the Carta Switchel, he impressed the two panels of judges in the semi-finals held in San Francisco over the past two days, competing against 36 other winners from national competitions.

Iain is pictured presenting his cocktail at the semi-final on Friday. He also presented to another judging panel yesterday with the marketing campaign he ran to promote his drink.

The top eight will now face a new group of judges at the grand final on Sunday evening in San Francisco. In order of competing, they are:

  • Mitchell Kai Lum, Banyan Tree’s Vertigo Too, Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Andrew Bennett, The Classroom, Perth (Australia)
  • Moe Aljaff, Brooms & Hatchets, Oslo (Norway)
  • Lizaveta Molyavka, News Café, Minsk (Belarus)
  • Chia-An Chan, Angel’s Share, New York City (USA)
  • Iain Griffiths, Dandelyan at the London Mondrian, London (UK)
  • Bar Shira, Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar, Tel Aviv (Israel)
  • Choni Song, The Nest, Shanghai (China)

The judges for the grand final are due to be legendary American bartender Dale DeGroff, leading New York City bar owner Julie Reiner, Bacardí’s maestro de ron Jose Sanchez Gavito, and Franck Dedieu from France, winner of the 2015 Bacardí Legacy global cocktail competition.

The eight will be competing to be global winner and see their drink join Bacardí’s “legacy” cocktails such as the Cuba Libre and the Mojito.

Click here for a full list of the 37 bartenders competing in San Francisco this weekend.

Click here for Iain’s recipe for the Carta Switchel.

For the live feeds of the competition, visit Bacardí Legacy on YouTube.

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