As a precaution due to COVID-19, BACARDÍ will postpone the 12th annual BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition, until further notice.
The competition was scheduled to take place May 1-7 in Miami, Florida.
Taking into consideration The World Health Organization’s assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a global pandemic, BACARDÍ made the difficult but necessary decision to halt any further plans for the competition in line with the density reduction and social distancing guidelines being set forth by public health organizations.
“In coordination with our local authorities and public health officials BACARDÍ has made this decision to safeguard the health and well-being of everyone involved in the BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition – from our finalists to our hotel and bar partners,” said Ned Duggan, Global SVP, BACARDÍ Rum. “This remains an ever-evolving and challenging situation, but we should all do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19.”
“It’s a sad day at BACARDÍ as we won’t be able to celebrate the amazing work of our 41 Legacy finalists in May as planned, but our main priority is to ensure the safety of our vibrant community,” said Jacob Briars, Global Advocacy Director for Bacardi. “Our finalists have been working incredibly hard for the last year to prepare for the finals in Miami. We are working on plans to continue to shine a spotlight on the 2020 Legacy finalists, their Legacy cocktails and their bars around the world and will update with more details soon.”
The BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious cocktail competitions and attracts thousands of entries from around the world. BACARDÍ Legacy was founded in 2008 to challenge the great bartenders of the modern era to create a cocktail that will stand the test of time, to stand alongside drinks such as the Original BACARDÍ Mojito, the Original BACARDÍ Daiquirí and the BACARDÍ Old Cuban.
Competitors are invited to create an original BACARDÍ rum drink, using no more than six ingredients and compete through the national final rounds. The Global Finals offer an incredible week of education and competition, welcoming bartenders to rub shoulders with some of the true legends of the bartending world and join the BACARDÍ ‘Gran Familia.’
BACARDÍ offers year-long support for the global winner to further their career by creating experiences tailored to meet their goals—providing them with opportunities to travel, work with the industry’s best and serve their winning ‘Legacy’ cocktail at some of the finest bars in the world.
In 1862, in the city of Santiago de Cuba, founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó revolutionized the spirits industry when he created a light-bodied rum with a particularly smooth taste – BACARDÍ. The unique taste of BACARDÍ rum inspired cocktail pioneers to invent some of the world’s most famous recipes including the BACARDÍ Mojito, the BACARDÍ Daiquirí, the BACARDÍ Cuba Libre, the BACARDÍ Piña Colada and the BACARDÍ Presidente. BACARDÍ rum is the world’s most awarded rum, with more than 674 awards for quality, taste and innovation. Today, BACARDÍ rum is made mainly in Puerto Rico where it is crafted to ensure the taste remains the same today as it did when it was first blended in 1862. http://www.bacardi.com