The Bac­ardi Legacy Ocho.

Eight bar­tenders from restaurants and bars across the UAE turned up at Azure Beach in Dubai in a bid to reach the fi­nal of the Bac­ardi Legacy com­pe­ti­tion

Caterer Middle East - - Supplier News -

As one of the most renowned cock­tail com­pe­ti­tions in the world, Bac­ardi Legacy is about a lot more than just cre­at­ing a great tast­ing drink. The aim is to craft a drink that will stand the test of time and be­come a true leg­end — like a mo­jito or a daiquiri.

To do so the bar­tenders in­volved must not only make an amaz­ing drink that im­presses the judges but give it a back­story that can be past into folk­lore and give it a true and last­ing legacy. That was the chal­lenge for eight bar­tenders from across the UAE at Azure Beach in De­cem­ber. With lim­ited time, each had to ex­plain the his­tory of their drink and present it to the watch­ing au­di­ence and judges. The judges were Dino Con­stan­tinides of Lost + Found bar (25th best cock­tail bar in the world), MMI Bar Academy head Bran­don Grusd, and Caterer Mid­dle East ed­i­tor Si­mon Ritchie.

With pre­sen­ta­tion, flavour, and story among the qual­i­ties be­ing judged for each con­tes­tant, ul­ti­mately a fi­nal four that will go through to the fi­nal and com­pete for a place at the grand fi­nal in Am­s­ter­dam were an­nounced.

Matthew Wake­ford of Makar made it through with his drink El Meu Avi: 40 ml Bac­ardi Carta Blanca, 5ml St Ger­main, 50ml lemon sher­bet, fresh basil, three dashes cel­ery bit­ters, and 35ml egg white sub­sti­tute.

Ryan Fourie of Joe's Back­yard pro­gressed to the fi­nal four with his drink Figura de Ocho: 60ml Bac­ardi Ocho, 15ml ba­nana in­fused Mar­tini Rosso, 15ml PX sherry, 10ml Frangelico, two drops saline so­lu­tion, two bs olive oil.

En­ri­cae Simpson, bar­tender at Flamingo Room by Tasha's, im­pressed the judges with his Jamin Daiquiri. Made from Bac­ardi Carta Blanca 45ml, lime juice 10ml, Grappa 10ml, pas­sion fruit skin jam 2bsp, and lemon zest spray and dis­card.

And last but not least was Mar­cel Hua­man of Coya Abu Dhabi who pro­gressed with his drink El Poetico. It is 45ml Bac­ardi Carta Blanca, 30ml grape­fruit juice, 20ml pineap­ple shrub, one drop of ab­sinthe, and chrysan­the­mum flower.

Now the hard work be­gins for the UAE Bac­ardi Legacy fi­nals in Fe­bru­ary to see which con­tes­tant can mar­ket their drink well enough to be­come the sole rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the global fi­nal in Am­s­ter­dam in May 2019, where 48 coun­tries will be rep­re­sented.


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