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New Format for Bacardí Legacy 2017 Competition

Written by Pete on . Posted in Rum Chat

Be Part of The Legacy  

As I’ve followed the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition for years now, I feel I have the right to say it needed a shake up – and I’d certainly not have bothered covering it this time around had it remained the same, but as things have been given a frisk down and rearranged in a few key ways (i.e. not as drawn out and increased scope in terms of rums to be used), I can’t help but be drawn back into the drama… So folks, here we go again as the competition returns for its ninth edition in 2017 and Bacardi invite you all to be a part of the legacy!
BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail CompetitionPress Release: Entries are now live for the 2017 competition and for the first time in BACARDÍ Legacy’s history, UK bartenders can use the iconic rum brand’s eight-year-old expression, BACARDÍ Ocho, in their cocktail creations, as well as the brand’s flagship BACARDÍ Carta Blanca and BACARDÍ Carta Oro expressions.
Launched in 2008, the BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition is now firmly established amongst the trade as one of the most prestigious competitions to win, following the success of previous Legacy winners. Renowned for its supportive, familial approach, stage one will see recruitment inspiration seminars taking place across the UK throughout July and early August. These will give bartenders a better understanding of what the judges will be looking for from the bartenders and their cocktail creations. Entries from bartenders in the UK are open until 8th September.
Regional heats will then be held across five cities in September with five regional winners selected to compete against each other at the BACARDÍ Legacy Northern European final, which sees all regions across Northern Europe come together in London on the 8th of November.
From the five regional UK finalists, ONE winner will emerge, who will automatically go through the Global final. They will then embark on a five-month promotional campaign to promote their drink ahead of the Global Final, which will take place in Berlin in Spring.
BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition
Metinee Kongsrivilai, BACARDÍ Brand Ambassador in the UK, comments: “BACARDÍ has been at the heart of cocktail culture since the very beginning; rum classics such as the Mojito and Daiquiri that grace bars all over the world today simply wouldn’t have been created if it wasn’t for Don Facundo Bacardi Masso creating his revolutionary rum, BACARDÍ Carta Blanca, back in 1862.  Just as Don Facundo’s creation has inspired past generations of bartenders, we want to continue his legacy and inspire today’s bartenders to challenge themselves and create a legacy of their own. 
We’re thrilled with the changes we’ve made to the competition for 2017 - having just one most promising from each country allows each brand ambassador to give their full support to their competitor in the run-up to the Grand Final, and given the personal and supportive nature of the competition, this is incredibly important to us.  Iain Griffiths did an amazing job representing the UK in the 2016 competition and I can’t wait to find out what talent is out there this year – let’s do it UK!” 
BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition - Gn Chan Winner 2016
To enter the competition, bartenders in the UK must register their interest and submit their Legacy cocktail recipe and its inspiration by email to Metinee Kongsrivilai, mkongsrivilai [at] Bacardi [dot] com.
The BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail 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 cocktails, such as the Daiquiri or Mojito. 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 a network of bartenders who share a bond formed by taking part in this unique competition and who have seen their careers go from strength-to-strength following their participation in Legacy.
2016 winner, Gn Chan from New York’s Angel Share, won with a cocktail inspired by the Piña Colada with a modern twist, entitled ‘Venceremos’. France’s Franck Dedieu took home the coveted title in 2015 with a cocktail inspired by the Latin culture that he shares with the Bacardí family. Since his win, Franck has served ‘Le Latin’ at industry gatherings such as Tales of the Cocktail and Bar Convent Berlin, raising his profile in the trade significantly.
For further information about the BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition, visit or check the BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition Facebook page.

Key Dates:

  • 24th June 2016 – UK entries open
  • 8th September 2016 5pm – UK entries close
  • September 19th – Regional heat Bristol 
  • September 20th – Regional heat Manchester 
  • September 21st – Regional heat Edinburgh 
  • September 26th – Regional heat Belfast 
  • September 28th – Regional heat London
  • November – NEUR Grand Final
  • November 2016 - March 2017 - Cocktail promotional period
  • April/May 2017 – Global Final in Berlin

BACARDÍ Legacy Workshops 2016:

  • Manchester – 11th JULY 
  • Edinburgh - 19th JULY 
  • Glasgow 20th JULY
  • Leeds 25th JULY
  • Bristol 26th JULY 
  • Liverpool 28th JULY
  • Brighton 3rd AUGUST
  • London 10th AUGUST

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