Words by: Cécile Fayn & Tess Posthumus
On Wednesday, 13th March The Dutch National Finals for Bacardi Legacy 2019 were held in Jimmy Woo on the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat in Amsterdam. After a challenging competition day, one bartender was chosen to represent the Netherlands in the Bacardi Legacy Global Finals in Amsterdam in May.
The Bacardi Legacy cocktail competition is in its 11th edition this year and started in the beginning of November 2018. The ‘three most promising’ bartenders have been working on their marketing campaigns ever since. Trying to involve as much people as they could and broaden their reach by organising guestshifts, hosting masterclasses and promoting their signature cocktails on social media.
Three national finalists were chosen as the ‘three most promising’ bartenders for 2019, after presenting their signature drinks at the top 8 challenge held at bar Feijoa on 31st October.
On the 13th of March the finalists started off their day at Jimmy Woo by presenting their marketing campaigns to the judges. This part of the competition was judged by Frack Dedieu (Bacardi Legacy Global winner 2015) and Colin Flaton (Brand Manager Bacardi, Netherlands). In this presentation the candidates showcased how they promoted their signature drink since being chosen as one of the ‘three most promising’ bartenders.
The night program was open for the public and the finalists got to present their cocktail and inspiration to the judges and a big crowd of friends, family and colleagues. With the doors opening at 19.30, the public could come in and enjoy a classic Daiquiri, Cuba Libre or Cariño (Eric Van Beek’s winning drink in 2018), in the tropical decorated venue, before the start of the finals.
Jeroen Scheerman kicked off the evening with his presentation of El Liberator, followed by Cécile Fayn and her El Pico. Last and definitely not least, Raysa Straal presented her Envious cocktail. All drinks were judged by an impressive set of judges, represented by Ingmar Voerman, Lydia Soedadi and Vitaly Alekseyev. After a nerve wrecking twenty minutes of jury deliberation, it was Eric van Beek that got to hand over the trophy, and announce the Bacardi Legacy winner of the Netherlands for 2019: Raysa Straal! Raysa will be representing The Netherlands in Bacardi Legacy’s Global Finals on the 14th May with her Bacardí cocktail “Envious”.
“Freedom takes action, so together we can ‘shake’ things up!”
45 ml Bacardi Carta Blanca rum
20 ml slow juiced Granny Smith apple juice
20 ml lemon juice
10 ml medium dry sherry
15 ml lavender syrup
5 ml hazelnut liqueur
“Re-define the way we look, the way we think, the way we drink”
50 ml Bacardi Añejo Cuatro rum
12,5 ml andive juice
12,5 ml verjus
10 ml simple syrup
5 ml D.O.M. Benedictine
3 drops balsamic vinegar
“Celebrating the pioneers”
45 ml Bacardi Añejo Cuatro rum
20 ml Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino vermouth
10 ml maple syrup
10 ml lime Juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Top up with Champagne