James Irvine gears up for Bacardi Legacy battle

In less than two weeks, Sydney’s James Irvine will head to Mexico City to represent Australia in the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition.

This year marks the 10th edition of Legacy, a major milestone in the evolution of one of the world’s biggest cocktail competitions. Hundreds of thousands are expected to tune in live to join over 200 guests at Mexico City’s Museo Numismatico Nacional on 1 May.

A panel of top talent from the drinks industry – including Alex Kratena, Ivy Mix, Shingo Gokan, Benjamin Padron and Carina Soto – will decide which of the 34 international competitors will take home the coveted trophy.

The global final will conclude five days in Mexico’s capital, in which Irvine and his competitors will attend workshops led by some of the industry’s finest, prior to two days of semi-final competition. Eight bartenders will then progress to the Global Final on 1 May.

“We are beyond excited to be celebrating ten years of Bacardi Legacy this year,” says Dickie Cullimore, Global Ambassador for Bacardi rum. “For the past decade this competition has given huge support to the careers of hundreds of bartenders by welcoming them into Bacardi Legacy’s ‘Gran Familia.’

“This unique stable of talent has delivered a raft of new, original and delicious classic Bacardi cocktails to bars throughout the world, many of which have left a lasting legacy and will be ordered for many more years to come.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing ‘Legacy’ to Latin America – a place that exudes the spirit of Bacardi rum – for the first time and we can’t wait to welcome our competitors for an amazing week of education, competition and friendship.”

Both the semi-finals and Grand Final will be streamed live from the event’s Facebook page.

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