The Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition has been going since 2016, with a specialised category in cruise – seeking out the top tipples and bartenders in the industry.
This year, competitors were set the challenge to make a brand-new Bacardi rum-based cocktail, with over 1,200 entries!
The final five have recently been announced, representing mainstream cruise favourites such as P&O Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line.
Finalists of the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition
The finalists will head to Puerto Rico on February next year to see who wins the title, before representing the cruise category against 41 others in the grand finals come May 2019!
Zachary Sulkes, International Key Account Manager Cruise, Bacardi Global Travel Retail, said:
“Being part of the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Global Competition, the finalists from cruise and ferry are required to build on their recipe developments skills and now develop their prowess in sales and marketing.
“A fundamentally important phase of the competition is the measurement of how well the bartenders get behind their creation and demonstrate its potential to become established in the drinks industry as a true classic.
“Our five finalists are now busy promoting their recipe direct to guests and sharing it with fellow bartenders in their company so as to get it listed and served across the fleet.”
Here are the five finalists and their cocktail recipes for you to recreate at home:
Sanja Cvijetic – Carnival Cruise Line
60ml Bacardi Superior
22ml Monin Lavender syrup
15ml fresh lime juice
Splash or Martini
Narciso ‘Archie’ Mariano Jr – Holland America Line
30ml Bacardi Ocho Años
15ml Islay whisky
15ml St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
15ml agave syrup
Orange zest to garnish
Marc MacArthur – Norwegian Cruise Line
Up, up and away
60ml Bacardi Ocho Años
20ml cinnamon syrup
Orange twist and coffee beans
Siddhant Naik – P&O Cruises
30ml Bacardi Superior
15ml St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
30ml egg white
60ml grapefruit juice
Garnish with grapefruit zest and cinnamon powder
Mattias Nilsson – Tallink Silja Line
Bring back the summer
40ml Bacardi Superior
30ml St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
25ml fresh lemon juice
2 fresh strawberries
4 basil leaves
40ml Martini Prosecco
We can’t wait to see which wins!
Which gets your vote? What’s your favourite cruising tipple? Let us know in the comments below!