Cocktail: Past Poets | Bartender: Keegan McGregor

Bacardi Legacy was my first ever competition two years ago, and I’ve grown and learned so much since then. Two years ago I was a bartender who wanted to try and break the rules without truly knowing them, someone who would add too many ingredients to a cocktail – I had no concept of simplicity back then. This year for Legacy I really want to present a simple and delicious cocktail that can easily be replicated anywhere across the world and most importantly, truly be a Bacardi cocktail. The root of my cocktail is inspired by a timeless classic, the Sherry Cobbler. A drink that has stood the test of time since the 1820s. With the simple addition of some citrus slices, cinnamon, and sherry, this cocktail is able to compliment all the flavour notes of the Bacardi Añejo Cuatro.

1 1/2 oz (45ml) Bacardi Añejo 4 Year Old
3/4 oz (22.5ml) Amontillado Sherry
1/3oz (10ml) Cinnamon syrup (1:1)*
1 grapefruit slice
1 lime wheel

In a Collins glass, add citrus slices, cinnamon syrup, and gently muddle to release juices and oils. Add sherry and Bacardi, crushed ice, and swizzle** to dilute, chill, and aerate. Top with more crushed iced if necessary and garnish with a straw, mint sprig, citrus and cinnamon.

*Cinnamon syrup: Bring 500ml of water to boil. Remove from heat and add 6-8 cinnamon sticks and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain cinnamon sticks out, measure, and add equal parts white sugar.

**Swizzle: If you don’t have a swizzle stick, you can easily stir the cocktail on crushed ice with a barspoon or a chopstick (Don’t be ashamed, I’ve done it many times before). If you don’t have access to anything like that, simply shake the ingredients on a couple ice cubes, strain on crushed ice, and garnish.

Keegan McGregor
Keegan has been bartending for 10 years, from music venues and dive bars, to gastropubs and cocktail bars. He has bartended all over the Atlantic Provinces, and you can find him now as head bartender at Field Guide in Halifax, NS. In 2019, he was a part of the World Class National Finalists.
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