Bacardi’s global brand ambassador and mixologist David Cordoba was in the city to mentor and judge a cocktail-making contest recently. After its popularity surged in the UK, the Bacardi Superior Rum Legacy Cocktail Competition has come to India and three cities —Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi — will represent the Asia-Pacific region.
“The response has been great. I’ve tasted some amazing daiquiris,” says Cordoba, who conducted a session for the bartenders before the contest began. “We’re looking for someone who can understand a good cocktail and not just make it. He should be worthy of representing the country.”
Results of the contest will be announced in February and the winner will attend a mentoring session in London, and then will get to compete at the Global Finale in Spain.
The Argentinian, who gave up a career in advertising to become a bartender, is optimistic about the future of his profession: “It still doesn’t have a very good reputation, but it’s wonderful. You need a lot of dedication and passion to be successful in this field.”
Almost 13 years into bartending, Cordoba has served at some of the best bars in Latin America and Europe. He draws inspiration from the culture of every country he visits. Is he inspired by India too? “ I haven’t looked around much, but the spices and fruits are exotic. I’d love to experiment with them,” he says.