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Bacardi reveals UK finalists for Legacy Cocktail Competition

Published:  13 October, 2015

Bacardi has announced the UK finalists for its 2015 Legacy Cocktail Competition.

The national final will take place on November 10 in London.

The three leading finalists will be given a marketing budget to promote their cocktail over the following four months.

The bartender with the most successful campaign will travel to the global final of the competition in San Francisco in April 2016.

The finalists are Madeline Martin from Flipside, Bristol; Andrew Dickey from The Merchant Hotel, Belfast; Oliver Pluck from The East Village, Leeds; Ryan Snedden from Tonic, Edinburgh; Santiago Michelis from Happiness Forgets, London; Robb Collins from London Cocktail Club, Goodge Street, London; Iain Griffiths from Dandelyan, Mondrian Hotel, London; and Peter Nguyen from China Tang, Dorchester Hotel, London

The UK contest will be judged by global rum ambassador, Ian Burrell; The Savoy's Chris Moore; Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands' head of UK trade advocacy, Marc Plumridge; and Bacardi global ambassador, Dickie Cullimore.

To take part in the competition, bartenders were asked to create a new cocktail using either of Bacardi's Carta Blanca or Carta Oro brands.

To reach the final, bartenders had to battle through five regional heats, held in London, Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester and Belfast in September.

Bacardi UK competition finalists

The heats were judged Bacardi UK brand ambassador Metinee Kongsrivilai and Barlife UK's Simon Webster

Kongsrivilai said: "This year's Bacardi Legacy is in full swing now and we're thrilled to see so many bartenders from around the UK challenging themselves to come up with a cocktail that can go onto be a Legacy winner.

"Today's bartenders recognise the great opportunity that Legacy presents for them to make a name for themselves and progress their careers by showcasing their creativity and skills.

"For the brand, it's more than that; it gives us a chance to inspire and connect with the new talent emerging in the bar scene and welcome them into the BACARDÍ family."

The Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition is now in its sixth year. It aims to find a cocktail that will in time stand alongside the Daiquiri or the Mojito 

Last year's global competition, which was held in Sydney, was won by Frank Dedieu of the Redwood Bar in Lyon.

Dedieu's Le Latin cocktail incorporated white wine, olive brine, lemon juice and cane sugar.