The first round of judging in the Australian leg of the 2018/19 Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition is now complete, with the top 30 cocktails selected.

This year saw a record number of entries with Bacardi Brand Ambassadors Loy Catada, Georgie Mann and Peter Hollands choosing the 30 cocktails they believe have the potential to become a Legacy.

Catada said that he was impressed with the quantity as well as the quality of this year’s entries.

“The selection of the top 30 ultimately came down to well thought-out recipes and an obvious passion behind the drinks; we could certainly have the next Global Legacy cocktail come out of Australia,” he said.

The Top 30 bartenders advancing to the next stage of the competition are:

  • Adam Dow
  • Alex Brown
  • Amber Hong
  • Behzad NazempourVaziri
  • Cheng I Chang
  • Christian Leibenatus
  • Claudia Morgan
  • Dan Wall
  • Daniel Hilton
  • David Nguyen-Luu
  • David Robinson
  • Jack Stacey
  • Jane Zou
  • Jimmy Burchett
  • Josh Trovato
  • Joshua Morgan
  • Justin Croucher
  • Lachie Gunner
  • Laurence Eaton
  • Leroy Martin-McEwen
  • Marco Giombarresi
  • Matthew Zarimis
  • Michael Keogh
  • Mikey Braun
  • Millie Tang
  • Niall Maurici
  • Pauric Kennedy
  • Shenai Jones
  • Tim Pope
  • Will Krepop

The Top 30 must now submit a video entry of themselves presenting their original Legacy cocktail at their hometown bar. This will be viewed and judged alongside the taste test conducted by the Brand Ambassadors where each of the Top 30 cocktails will be evaluated to then whittled down to the country’s Top Eight.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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