Scots battle it out in Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition

Finalists Matthew and Nicole have worked in popular Edinburgh bars

TWO Scottish bartenders will compete against rivals from across the country in a bid to represent the UK in one of the world’s most prestigious cocktail competitions.

Matthew Galloway of Edinburgh bar Tigerlily secured his place in the UK final of the Bacardi Legacy competition with his cocktail, ‘The Beacon’, whilst London-based Nicole Sykes wowed judges with her serve, ‘Ladder’.

The Scots will come up against three other UK bartenders– William Campbell-Rowntree from London, Ed Belshaw from Nottingham and Alex Godfrey from Bristol – in their fight for a place in the worldwide final held in Miami next year.

They will be expected to host events and masterclasses to promote their chosen cocktail, with trips to New York and the Bacardi Distillery in Puerto Rico also on the horizon for the five finalists.

Metinee Kongsrivilai, UK Brand Ambassador for BACARDÍ, said: “The bar is being raised every year and this round of Legacy heats have been no different.

“It was not an easy decision to narrow it down to these five bartenders, but Alex, Nicole, Matthew, Ed and William have all brought something unique and intriguing to the table with their cocktail recipes.

“We wish them the best of luck for the final, we’re so excited to see how they all progress and we would also like to congratulate everyone who has taken part so far.”