Gn Chan (USA) was declared the winner of the 2016 BACARDÍ Legacy Global Cocktail Competition with his cocktail, Venceremos.

Gn Chan, of the United States, beat out bartenders from 36 countries, in the finals held in front of 150 guests in San Francisco, California. His cocktail, Venceremos, made with BACARDÍ Superior, coconut liqueur, pineapple juice, cucumber juice, lime juice and a dash of sesame oil, won by unanimous decision from the panel of judges.

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Gn Chan, Mixing His Winning Cocktail, Venceremos

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Venceremos (We Shall Overcome) is declared the BACARDÍ 2016 ‘Legacy’ cocktail.

This year’s BACARDÍ Legacy Global Cocktail Competition concluded Sunday, April 24th, 2016 in dramatic style with Gn Chan from the United States taking home the coveted title. Gn Chan (Chia-An Chan) won the competition with a cocktail inspired by the Piña Colada. His winning cocktail named Venceremos beat an incredibly creative and stong array of original drinks created by talented bartenders from 36 countries, in a very tight final held in front of 150 guests in San Francisco, California.

Gn Chan is the eighth person to win the BACARDÍ Legacy Global Cocktail Competition and the second to have been inspired and mentored by a former champion. Shingo Gokan, who won the title in 2012, offered Gn a job in the same year at a highly respected bar establishment in New York City. It was an emotional moment when Shingo got up on stage to congratulate his protégé and another legacy created by this prestigious competition was born.

Judge Dale de Groff said of the winning drink, “It was a unanimous decision tonight to name Gn Chan the winner. The drink he made was compelling to him and to us because he took the Piña Colada as a base; a BACARDÍ drink and a Puerto Rican invention; but this was a version of the Piña Colada only in spirit. The pineapple flavour is very delicate, and then there is cucumber juice which worked really well with a touch of sesame oil. The name Venceremos, which is Spanish for ‘we will overcome,’ worked with Gn’s own personal story of how he overcame challenges in his life to go on to work in one of the world’s most elegant bars, and that of the Bacardi family which has endured through adversity.”

“Right now it doesn’t feel like this is real, but hopefully it will sink in by the morning,” said Gn Chan. “I have been mentored by a bartender and in a bar that both have a deep relationship with BACARDÍ, so this has always been the competition I wanted to win.”

Now in its eighth year, the BACARDÍ Legacy Global Cocktail Competition continues to grow in scale and status as one of the world’s most prestigious cocktail competitions. Thousands of entries from forty five countries were received during the year-long national rounds that culminated in the global final. Over the last seven years the BACARDÍ Legacy Global Cocktail Competition has given birth to several modern classics, most recently last year’s winning cocktail Le Latin, by Franck Dedieu, which can now be found in bars across the world.

BACARDÍ will work with Gn over the next year to provide bespoke opportunities and support for their career development, gain worldwide recognition for his drink and provide a platform from which he will serve Venceremos at some of the finest bars in the world.

Thirty six exceptional bartenders from around the world travelled to San Francisco, each has spent several months hustling to perfect and promote their ‘Legacy’ cocktail in the hope it would be declared worthy to stand shoulder to shoulder with BACARDÍ classics such as the Authentic BACARDÍ Mojito, the Original BACARDÍ Daiquirí and the Original BACARDÍ Cuba Libre.

BACARDÍ Global hosted the finalists at a range of educational workshops, delivered by some of the legends of the drinks industry and tailored to hone their skills, before they presented their own original interpretation of a modern BACARDÍ Legacy cocktail in the competition. Eight competitors were selected to go through to the Grand Final and present their drink in front of an audience of invited guests and a judging panel representing some of the most influential names in the international bartending and spirits community: Maestro de Ron BACARDÍ José Sanchez Gavito; renowned New York bartender Julie Reiner; Dale De Groff aka ‘King Cocktail’, and Franck Dedieu who won the competition last year.

Dickie Cullimore, BACARDÍ Global Brand Ambassador, said of the winner: “Gn is a popular and worthy winner tonight; he’s impressed not only with a delicious drink and compelling story, but also with his consistency throughout the competition. Venceremos is a drink that people will enjoy all over the world and has all the makings of a modern classic.”

The two runners up in the finals were Moe Aljaff from Norway and Lizaveta Molyavka from Belarus. All thirty six competitors will celebrate the week of education, competition and friendship on Monday, the 25th with a BACARDÍ House Party, featuring Jillionaire and Walshy Fire of Major Lazer.

Winning Recipe – The BACARDÍ Legacy Global Cocktail Competition 2016

Venceremos, Winning Cocktail in the 2016 BACARDÍ Legacy Global Cocktail Competition

Venceremos, Winning Cocktail in the 2016 BACARDÍ Legacy Global Cocktail Competition

Photo Courtesy of BACARDÍ


by Gn Chan

  • 1 1/2 parts BACARDÍ Superior
  • 1/2 part Coconut Liqueur
  • 5/6 part Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 part Cucumber Juice
  • 1/6 part Lime Juice
  • 1 dash Sesame Oil

Preparation: Shake and strain

Glassware: Hurricane or Rocks

Garnish: Pineapple Leaves

The following 37 finalists took part in the competition and eight (in bold) were selected by a judging panel to go through to the grand final last night:

Cocktail Name
Maximiliano Yamir Salomon
Andrew Bennett
The Seventh Art
Stefan Bauer
Bitter Sweet Victory
Lizaveta Molyavka
Anything Else
Giancarlo Quiroz Jesus
El Ritmo
Choni Song
Black Gold
Cruise Ships
Miro Kljajic
Elixir Fizz
Argyris Asleep
El Puente
Angelika Larkina
Mi Amor
Matthieu Henry
The Epicurean
Konstantinos Kapniaris
Arash Ghassemi
Curtain Call
Hong Kong
Kervin Unido
Reborn Padre Blanco
Norbert Schök
El Viajero
Yogesh Kumar
Will Lynch
Bar Shira
El Camello Loco
Livio Morena
El Especialista
Masato Sakurai
Eduards Trofimčuks
Hemingway Breakfast
Ayman Zayour
La Palma
Pablo ‘Pasti’ Mangialavori
The Guest
Anya Montague
New Zealand
James Crinson
Te Anaka
Moe Aljaff
Carousel Cocktail
John Richelieu Cruz
El Tindero
Paweł Rodaszyński
Alexander Kalachev
El Magico
Bannie Kang
South Africa
Nicholas Crouse
Simple Truth
Angel Arruñada
El Murciélago
Oskar Johansson
The Milkman Cocktail
Christof Reichert
Welcome Home
Mitchell Kai Lum
The Haole
Laura Marnich
Iain Griffiths
Carta Switchel
Chia-An Chan

BACARDÍ Legacy Global Cocktail Competition coming to BERLIN in 2017

In 2017, the BACARDÍ Legacy Global Cocktail Competition will travel to Germany, taking place in Berlin – a city famous for overcoming adversity in much the same way as the Bacardi family. A mecca of cool, with an unmatchable history of creativity and understated style, Berlin promises to provide the perfect backdrop to this iconic competition.

Fabio DiGiammarco, Global Vice President for BACARDÍ rum says: “We are so excited to announce that we are bringing BACARDÍ Legacy’s Global Final to the heart of Europe next year, the unique and dynamic city of Berlin. With its untameable spirit and wonderfully diverse and sophisticated bar landscape, I can think of no better backdrop for next year’s finalists to again demonstrate there’s nothing in the way to creating new BACARDÍ cocktail legacies.“

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