Bacardí Legacy finds UK winner to compete in global final

Joe Harper from The Century Bar at Gleneagles is to go through to the global final of the Bacardí Legacy Cocktail Competition after being named UK winner.

Regional winners from across Northern Europe came to 1 Embankment in London to showcase their creations and see the most talented bartender from each participating country selected to compete in the global final. In a new format to the Northern Europe final, Joe had to make and present his own Legacy cocktail in front of a crowd of judges, media and competitors.

Joe will now prepare his five-month campaign to promote Pilar, a creation of Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, lime juice, mint, RinQuinQuin, pineapple syrup and soda, before taking part in the Berlin grand final on May 24 next year.

“It’s been an incredible night, my hands are still shaking,” Joe Harper said. “The journey so far has been amazing, there is so much talent here and I feel really lucky to be part of the Legacy family. I am really proud of my creation and Bacardi Carta Blanca is such a great and versatile rum that makes an excellent base ingredient. I will work hard over the next few months to make the most of this opportunity and promote Pilar ahead of Berlin and do this for the UK. The best is yet to come!”

Metinee Kongsrivilai, Bacardí brand ambassador for the UK, said: “Congratulations to all the regional UK participants, and very well done to Joe for his incredibly high-quality entry.

“The judges had a tough job choosing between all the fantastic cocktails, but Pilar’s fresh and exuberant twist on the Airmail and Missionary’s Downfall cocktails really stood out. We wish Joe the very best of luck and look forward to working with you to promote Pilar over the next few months.”

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