Five top bartenders from the world’s cruise lines and ferry companies have been selected as finalists for the 2019 Bacardi Legacy Cruise Competition, which will take place in Puerto Rico in February 2019.
Contestants were required to create their own original cocktail using Bacardi Superior, Bacardi Gold, or Bacardi Ocho.
The five finalists are: Sanja Cvijetic from Carnival Cruise Line, Narciso ‘Archie’ Mariano Jr from Holland America Line, Marc MacArthur from Norwegian Cruise Line, Siddhant Naik from P&O Cruises Australia, and Mattias Nilsson from Tallink Silja Line.
“Being part of the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Global Competition, the finalists from cruise and ferry are required to build on their recipe developments skills and now develop their prowess in sales and marketing,” says Zachary Sulkes, International Key Account Manager Cruise, Bacardi Global Travel Retail.
“A fundamentally important phase of the competition is the measurement of how well the bartenders get behind their creation and demonstrate its potential to become established in the drinks industry as a true classic. This can only be achieved by securing trial, consumer and trade awareness and distribution.
“So our five finalists are now busy promoting their recipe direct to guests and sharing it with fellow bartenders in their company so as to get it listed and served across the fleet. These are incredibly useful business skills that we help them to develop but are theirs to keep enabling them to further develop commercial acumen.”