BacardÍ® Legacy


The competition, scheduled to take place in Miami the first week of May, will be postponed until further notice

HAMILTON, BERMUDA, 16 March 2020 – As a precaution due to COVID-19, BACARDÍ will postpone the 12th annual BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious cocktail competitions, until further notice. The competition was scheduled to take place May 1st -7th in Miami, FL.

Taking into consideration The World Health Organization’s assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a global pandemic, BACARDÍ made the difficult but necessary decision to halt any further plans for the competition in line with the density reduction and social distancing guidelines being set forth by public health organizations.

“In coordination with our local authorities and public health officials BACARDÍ has made this decision to safeguard the health and well-being of everyone involved in the BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition – from our finalists to our hotel and bar partners,” said Ned Duggan, Global SVP, BACARDÍ Rum. “This remains an ever-evolving and challenging situation, but we should all do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

“It’s a sad day at BACARDÍ as we won’t be able to celebrate the amazing work of our 41 Legacy finalists in May as planned, but our main priority is to ensure the safety of our vibrant community,” said Jacob Briars, Global Advocacy Director for Bacardi. “Our finalists have been working incredibly hard for the last year to prepare for the finals in Miami. We are working on plans to continue to shine a spotlight on the 2020 Legacy finalists, their Legacy cocktails and their bars around the world and will update with more details soon.”



A ‘BACARDÍ® Legacy cocktail’ is more than just a great tasting drink: it is a drink that stands the test of time and becomes established in the industry.

The BACARDÍ® Legacy Cocktail Competition aims to challenge bartenders from around the world to find the BACARDÍ® rum cocktail with the greatest potential to establish itself as a classic and join the pantheon of BACARDÍ® Legacy cocktails alongside the Mojito, Daiquirí and Old Cuban before it.

BACARDÍ® Legacy is a cocktail competition with various local (national or regional) and global stages. It begins locally in each participating country and also in countries via the Wildcard and culminates in a global final in which each BACARDÍ® Legacy National Champion competes to become the BACARDÍ® Legacy Global Champion.

It includes a fundamentally important promotional phase, in which bartenders are challenged to demonstrate that their drink has the potential to become established in the drinks industry as a true classic by securing trial, consumer and trade awareness and distribution.

The BACARDÍ® Legacy Cocktail Competition National stage in the participating countries is organised and offered by the respective local Bacardi distributors or their agents (“Local Bacardi Promoter”). The Local Bacardi Promoter for a specific country can be seen in the “How to participate” tab and then in the “Country Details” field.
The BACARDÍ® Legacy Cocktail Competition Wildcard is organised and offered by Bacardi-Martini B.V. of Groningenweg 8, 2803 PV Gouda, the Netherlands (“Global Bacardi Promoter”).

Its Global stage is organised and offered by Bacardi-Martini B.V. of Groningenweg 8, 2803 PV Gouda, the Netherlands (“Global Bacardi Promoter”).

In these Program Requirements, we can also refer to the BACARDÍ® Legacy Cocktail Competition as BACARDÍ® Legacy, or simply as the Competition.


For bartenders to be eligible to enter BACARDÍ® Legacy:
(a) they must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age at the time that they enter the Competition or if the legal drinking age is higher than this, they must be of legal drinking age in their country of residence; and
(b) their place of work must have a bar with permanent availability of the BACARDÍ® rum variant used in the BACARDÍ® Legacy cocktail they created.
(c) they must work in a bar as a bartender

The Local Bacardi promoter will decide in its sole discretion whether the applications fulfil these entry requirements.

The previous BACARDÍ® Legacy Cocktail Competition National Champions will be ineligible to enter the next Legacy Competition in the immediately following year. They will however be able to compete again in subsequent Competition years.
Employees of any Bacardi Group Company or of any distributor appointed by any Bacardi Group Company, as well as their immediate family (spouse, parent, siblings, and children) are not eligible to enter.