Bacardi Legacy 2017 picks its top six finalists


This year’s Bacardi Legacy cocktail competition has picked out its six finalists who will go into the National Finals that will take place in March.

Last year’s edition of Bacardi Legacy was a blast – the 2016 version saw five finalists from Singapore vie for the top spot to represent Singapore in San Francisco, with Anti:dote’s Bannie Kang finally emerging victorious with her Hwachae created to rival timeless rum-based classics such as the daiquiri or mojito.

This year Kang returns to Bacardi Legacy, not as a competitor but as one of the judges – she joined Bacardi brand ambassador Richard Irwin, Operation Dagger owner Luke Whearty, and Bacardi Legacy 2015 finalist and Crackerjack bartender Peter Chua to whittle down a field of 50 aspiring competitors in the recent competition round to just 15 contenders, before finally settling on six finalists.

The finalists are (names of their drink in parentheses):

  • Wonho Jang “Uno”, Orgo Bar and Restaurant, [Yellow Ribbon]
  • Syafiq Rahim, 28 Hong Kong Street, [Avant]
  • Davide Boncimino, The Other Room, [Marshall]
  • Brandon Khoo, Crackerjack, [Rising Wind]
  • Jonathan Lee, The Tippling Club, [Vida Rica] (pictured below)
  • Cedric Allen Mendoza, Manhattan Bar, [Regalo]

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The finalists are given a three-month period to promote their drinks on-premise and on social media ahead of the National Finals this March at Clarke Quay, and the ultimate winner will represent Singapore in Berlin in May later this year.

To find out more about Bacardi Legacy and its final contestants, you can check out this video:

Truly this is cocktail competition season; aside from Bacardi Legacy the Diageo World Class 2017 has just kicked off, as well as the Diplomatico World Tournament.