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Amistat Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition 2016

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‘Amistat’ Oliver Pluck [The East Village]

‘Amistat’ Oliver Pluck [The East Village]

“Friendship”
 
It seems that a well-earned moment of rest in front of the TV inspired our fifth featured UK Bacardi Legacy Semi-Finalist to create a serve that draws on Bacardi’s troubled past and future hopes. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you ‘Amistat’ by Oliver Pluck, of The East Village bar in Leeds.
 
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Rooted In Santiago Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition 2016

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‘Rooted in Santiago’ Madeline Martin [Flipside Cocktail Club]

‘Rooted in Santiago’ Madeline Martin [Flipside Cocktail Club]  

Our fourth UK Bacardi Legacy Semi-Finalist is a relative newcomer to both the UK and the drinks industry but has created a serve that saw her win the South West Heats. Citing a personal connection in using coconut water, which has the obvious connection to ‘El Coco’ – the coconut tree that stood at the Bacardi Distillery in Cuba - Madi takes the cocktail in an interesting direction and is one I'm super keen to try.
 
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m happy to present for your drinking pleasure ‘Rooted in Santiago’.
 
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Mariposa Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition 2016

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Mariposa by Robb Collins, London Cocktail Club

‘Mariposa’ Robb Collins [London Cocktail Club]  

Happiness Is A Butterfly…*  
 
Robb Collins is our third UK Bacardi Legacy Semi-Finalist. Robb works at the Goodge Street London Cocktail Club and has created Mariposa, a serve that’s extremely easy to create for yourself, but has (in Robb’s opinion), all the makings of a classic!
 
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Penny Blue XO Rum Batch 004

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Penny Blue XO Batch #0004

The Penny Drops!  

I was recently reminded I’d not posted about Penny Blue XO Batch #0004 which was released last July when I received notice of the Single Cask that’s just been released! More about the Single Cask in the next article, but for now it’s worth catching up on batch 4 and sharing some of the very interesting Q&A that came out of the official launch at Milroy’s.
 
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Family Tie Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition 2015

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Family Tie - Peter Nguyen of China Tang

‘Family Tie’ Peter Nguyen [China Tang]

When Chris Moore revealed his top tips for Legacy success, a key part of it was the notion of choosing a theme that was close to you – something tangible, something real. Take it, make it work with not just the serve, but the whole concept. Looking for a solid connection with Bacardi will then give you a strong chance of success and in this case, there’s nothing more resonant than the notion of ‘family’.
 
Peter Nguyen takes this and makes it his own as we continue our look at this year’s UK Semi-Finalists.
 
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The Knot Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition 2016

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The Knot by Santiago Michelis

‘The Knot’ Santiago Michelis [Happiness Forgets]  

The Bacardi Legacy UK Semi-Finals are soon to be upon us, and around about this time, I like to feature the details of the serves that have made the final eight – mostly because I love to share the passion and creativity that the best bartenders seem to have in abundance, but also because I hope that it might inspire others to get creative with rum!
 
To start the series, we have ‘The Knot’, by Santiago Michelis.
 
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It’s Halloween at The Bar – Cocktail of the Week

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Zombie Pirate at thebar.com

Scarily Simple Cocktails To Make At Home!  

Our friends at thebar.com recently shared a link to a collection of Halloween themed simple serves and cocktails with us. Now brace yourself for this… Not all of the spirit bases on the website are rum, but that’s OK, right? I mean there are other choices in the world – as crazy as that might seem. Anyway, the serves fit right in with our drive to encourage people to experiment and enjoy rum (and other spirits) in different ways and so we wanted to share the resource with you.
 
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Lambs Cellar Selection Limited Edition Rum

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Lamb's Limited Edition 'Cellar Collection' Single Cask Rum

Unground Rum…  

To kick off London’s first Rum Week Lamb’s, Lamb’s launch a limited edition, single cask rum, in one of Alfred Lamb’s old rum stores – in this case at Voltaire – where we joined Global Rum Ambassador, Ian Burrell as he hosted an exclusive tasting.
 
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Pussers Rum Unveils Pickle Night Cocktail

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A Grog for Nelson

In A Pickle…  

If you read your history books, you’d be familiar with a popular Navy date called Pickle Night (more details below if you’re not). Marked by a number of navy-themed celebrations up and down the UK, this date is symbolic because on 4th November 1805, it was HMS Pickle that sailed back to Britain to take home the news of Lord Nelson’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar. In keeping with tradition, mixologist and self-confessed history buff, Nate Brown, founder of Merchant House gin and rum bar in The City, has created an exclusive new cocktail ‘A Grog for Nelson’, for this year’s celebrations. 
 

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