Australian bartenders are preparing to compete via live stream in the 2020 Bacardi Daiquiri Day Speed Competition.
A record number of bartenders entered this year. They are competing over three rounds: Round 1 – online quiz; Round 2. virtual creativity challenge; Round 3 – live speed challenge.
The Top 8 bartenders compete head-to-head in an elimination style round-robin competitions. Testing their skills of speed and accuracy to a panel of judges, the competition will be live streamed on Facebook in place of a usual hospitality celebration due to COVID-19 restriction.
The top four will receive some of the first bottles of Bacardi Spiced in Australia. The overall winner in each state will go on to secure a bottle from the prized Facundo Range. The Facundo range is an exclusive set of luxury rums created on the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the company crafted with some of the finest and rarest rums from the private family library.
Celebrating World Daiquiri Day
It’s World Daiquiri Day on July 19. The classic Daiquiri features Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, created in 1862 by Don Facundo Bacardí Massó in Santiago de Cuba.
This spirit was the world’s first premium, aged, white rum. It was lighter, softer and more sophisticated in style than any rum of the day, which led Jennings Cox to create the original Daiquiri.
In 1898, Cox, a US mining engineer, was managing the copper mines in the town of Daiquirí, just outside Santiago de Cuba. Mining in the tropical climate was intense work, but Cox invented an invigorating fix by picking a lime from a nearby tree, squeezing the juice, adding sugar, crushed ice and the classic was born.
Partner venues hosting the Live Speed Challenges are: SA – Cry Baby; NT – Smoke & Oak; NSW – Lobo Plantation; VIC – Beneath Driver Lane
WHERE TO FIND IT LIVE STREAMED
Pictured main: Adam Dow, Mikey Braun and Natalie Ng were the Top 3 finalists in the 2019/2020 Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition.