Did you know that some of the most well-loved cocktails today—the Cuba Libre, Daiquiri, and Mojito—were all inspired by the unique taste of Bacardi? These drinks have grown so much in popularity that you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t ordered or tried it.
Today, Bacardi is giving bartenders an opportunity to bring their unique cocktails to the same level of infamy with the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition—one of the most prominent and prestigious bartender challenges worldwide.
This year, Manila’s top bartenders will compete in the 8th edition of the competition, pitting their skills and creativity with the best in the nation. The challenge? To create a legacy cocktail that will stand the test of time and banner the rich Bacardi heritage.
Stepping up to task are Alliuss Abrazado from Buddha Bar with his creation the Rosa de Ron; Kenneth Bandivas from Prisma featuring Sonreir; Larry Guevara from Alley and his cocktail La Mision; Orman Bag-ao from Long Bar, with Rain or Shine; and Ralph Allen Santos from Bitters featuring the Nos Unimos.
Taking place at Bar Mathilde, The Curator, The Penthouse 8747, OTO Bar, and Exit Bar simultaneously, their five signature cocktails will now be showcased for the much-anticipated national competition, with the winner earning a coveted spot in the Global Bacardi Legacy Competition. This is definitely a lot of pressure to put on the shoulders of the sole winner of this year’s national showcase as he represents the Philippines alongside 39 different countries. This worldwide affair will be held on May 18-24, in Berlin, Germany wherein the best of the best from all parts of the globe will go head to head in hopes of being crowned as the world’s #1.
“These finalists are some of the best in their industry. They will now be put through the paces in front of a crowd that recognizes the importance of choosing a cocktail that reflects the legacy of Bacardi…a cocktail that will underscore creativity, talent and passion for what they do—ultimately stamping their legacy alongside ours,” says Aurea Aguilar, Trade Marketing Manager & Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition Philippines Project Head.