March 8, 2020 – We’re always thrilled to hear about the latest
winners of the Annual Tales of the
Cocktail Foundation LEGACY Cocktail Competition that Bacardi has been sponsoring for 10 years. Having watched competitors create and present
amazing cocktails under really stressful conditions, we’re huge fans of all who
make it to the finals. Not only are they
judged on taste and creativity but their ability as presenters.
This year the finals were in Puerto Rico where East and West Coast
winners were selected from the 16 U.S. finalists. Tsunetaka
Imada of New York City and Taylor
Cloyes of Los Angeles triumphed after month of preparation. They will have the opportunity to represent
the U.S.A. and compete at the Bacardi
Legacy Global Cocktail Competition in Miami in May this year.
The Legacy Cocktail competition provides a platform for the best
bartenders and drink innovators to share their original creations and stories
by creating the next classic rum cocktail.
Tsunetaka Imada won the East Coast title with his Sabor a Mi
cocktail made with Bacardi Añejo Cuatro, plum wine,
grapefruit juice and cinnamon syrup. Originally from Japan, Imada is a
bartender in the heart of the East Village in New York that serves up
inventive, exotic cocktails. While creating his winning cocktail, Sabor a Mi,
Imada drew inspiration from Japanese culture and “the dream of spring
symbolized by cherry blossom.” To him, “it means inclusivity that everyone can
live and hope.”
Taylor Cloyes won with her signature cocktail – Maestra made
with Bacardi Reserva Ocho, which
mixes apple brandy, sweet green apple syrup, lemon juice with an egg white.
Originally from Houston, TX, Taylor came to compete after honing her
craft in L.A. at a swanky travel-inspired cocktail bar. For Cloyes, the green
apple has always been meaningful as it symbolizes learning. When it came to
create the winning cocktail, she drew inspiration from the women and mentors in
her life, as well as her peers who inspire her every day, stating “I endeavor
to become the caliber of Maestra that mine have been to me.”
The winner of the global competition will receive year-long support
to further their career by tailoring experiences to help them meet their
professional goals, provide them with opportunities to travel, work with the
spirit industry’s best mentors and serve their winning cocktails at the finest
bars in the world.