Events Melbourne

Bacardi Legacy Australian Final 2015

The Australian final of the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition was held last night at El Coco in Melbourne with Alissa Gabriel of The Manhattan Line in Brisbane taking out the competition with her Bouteiller cocktail.

Alissa Gabriel
Alissa Gabriel, Australian Bacardi Legacy Winner

Alissa’s winning drink, Bouteiller, was inspired by the relationship between Facundo Bacardi and Jose Leon Bouteiller, a French Distiller and confectioner who was renting a house off the BACARDI family. The cocktail is made with Bacardi Carta Oro Rum, Dry Vermouth, Falernum, a green Chartreuse rinse and Peychauds Bitters.

Bacardi Legacy Australian Final 2015
L-R: Fred Siggins, Phil Bayley, Enrique Comas, Jose Sanchez Gavito

The drinks were judged by an esteemed panel consisting of Enrique Comas (6th generation Bacardi family member and Global Brand Manager), Jose Sanchez Gavito (Bacardi Master Blender), Phil Bayly (industry expert and ex Cafe Pacifico) and Fred Siggins, winner of the 2014 Bacardi Legacy Australian finals.

Bacardi Legacy Australian Final 2015
James Connolly

Other finalists were James Connolly from Angel’s Cut by The Trustee in Perth with The Cantinero’s Kiss,

Bacardi Legacy Australian Final 2015
Christian Blair

Christian Blair from Rockpool Bar and Grill Restaurant in Sydney with The Diplomat,

Bacardi Legacy Australian Final 2015
Sarah Fulford

Sarah Fulford from Lily Blacks in Melbourne with the Giselle cocktail, and

Bacardi Legacy Australian Final 2015
Joe Sinagra

Joe Sinagra from Bobèche in Perth with Heart of the Nation.

Alissa Gabriel will be competing in the 7th Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition Grand Final which will be hosted in Australia. The Global Finals will take place on Tuesday 5th of May 2015 at Sydney’s Town Hall.

The Bacardi Legacy Australian Final was held at El Coco in Melbourne on Tuesday 3 March 2015.

For more photos of the finals, head over to the Gourmantic Facebook page.

Photography © by Kevin Burke for Gourmantic – Copyright: All rights reserved.

Gourmantic travelled to Melbourne and attended the Australian Final as guests of Bacardi Australia.

About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.