Dave Kerr Wins Bacardi Legacy Australia Final 2017

The Australian finals of the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition for 2017 were held last night with Dave Kerr of The Beaufort & Ike’s in Melbourne taking out the title.

Bacardi Legacy Australia Final 2017
Dave Kerr – Bacardi Legacy Australia Final Winner 2017

The event was held at Kittyhawk in Sydney where the “Three Most Promising” competed during the intimate Gran Familia event after delivering their marketing presentations to the Bacardi brand team during the day.

Bacardi Legacy Australia Final 2017
Dave Kerr

First up was Dave Kerr (The Beaufort & Ike’s, Melbourne) with The Viento cocktail.

Bacardi Legacy Australia Final 2017
Josh O’Brien

Next was Josh O’Brien from The Bowery in Brisbane with BacarTea.

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Ryan Snedden

And third to present, was Ryan Snedden from The Lobo Plantation with Wanderlust.

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L-R: Steve Schneider, Andrew Bennett, Dave Kerr, Fred Siggins

Judging the competition were Andrew Bennett (2016 Bacardi Legacy Winner) and Fred Siggins (2014 Inaugural Winner), along with Steve Schneider from Employees Only Singapore who rated each finalist for the name of the drink, inspiration, aroma, taste, appearance, ingenuity, innovation, refreshment, product knowledge, technical skills and presentation flair.

The winner, Dave Kerr will be travelling to Berlin to compete against 39 nations at the Bacardi Legacy Global Competition the week commencing 18th May 2017.

Here’s the winning cocktail: Fresca Fresa by Dave Kerr – The Beaufort & Ike’s

Bacardi Legacy Australia Final 2017

30ml BACARDÍ 8
20ml BACARDÍ Carta Blanca
10ml Coconut Oil
30ml Fresh Strawberry Juice
25ml Fresh Lemon Juice
15ml Agave Syrup
Strawberry Head for Garnish

Combine all ingredients in shaker before shaking hard for 10 seconds. Double strain into cocktail glass.

The Viento, or ‘The Wind’ in Spanish, explores the fun and frivolity of drinks that dominated the noughties. It breathes new life into drinking in a modern context that is increasingly defined by seriousness and complexity. Utilising modern processes and on trend ingredients, the depth of flavour matches today’s refined palate. Cold pressed strawberries combine with coconut oil to deliver an incredibly fresh drink with a delightful mouth-feel and a resonance to a carefree place in time.

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

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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.