Eric van Beek, from the Netherlands, lifted the trophy to become the tenth global Bacardi Legacy winner on 1st May 2018 at the final held at the Museo Numismático Nacional in Mexico City in front of 400 guests.
Eric, a bartender at Amsterdam’s Bar TwentySeven, won the competition with his Cariño cocktail, shaken with Bacardí Reserva Ocho rum, Yellow Chartreuse, Greek yoghurt, vanilla syrup and lemon juice.
34 bartenders from around the world competed in the first round, listed below with their respective cocktails [click for recipe and more on each]. Of these, eight were selected by the judges to present again in the Grand Final: James Irvine (Australia) Juan Ignacio Quijano (Argentina), Constantinos Kazelis (Cyprus), Antonis Mantzaridis (Greece), Akhilesh (India), Akira Abe (Japan), Ana Alicia Herrera (Mexico) and Eric van Beek (Netherlands). The two runners up were James Irvine and Ana Alicia Herrera.
This was the second successive year that Eric competed in Legacy, so while only having two-and-a-half years bartending experience, he was more experienced at competing in Bacardi Legacy than other competitors – something that may have contributed to his win. His cocktail, Cariño, was inspired by the term of love and endearment ‘te tengo cariño,’ which refers to love and fellowship and he expressed his drink’s story on stage through spoken word rhyme.