Last week, the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition wound up for this year with Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn from Bangkok, Thailand being declared the winner. Today we have the recipe available, so that you can make this award-winning cocktail at home.
Ronnaporn is the co-owner of Backstage Cocktail Bar, Bangkok and the first person to win ‘Legacy’ representing a country in Asia.
The winning cocktail, prettily entitled, Pink Me Up, triumphed over 42 other outstanding drinks. Described by the judges as well balanced and delicious, it is a drink that really can be consumed anywhere and at any time – a daytime drink, that can also be an evening drink.
Described by Ronnaporn as a refreshing new take on the classic ‘pick me up’ cocktail category, the drink unusually uses rum, a spirit not often associated with ‘brunch’ style drinks.
The Pink Me Up combines BACARDÍ Carta Blanca rum with fresh muddled tomato, orgeat syrup, lemon juice, olive brine and fresh basil.
“It’s just great to see somebody use rum to create something light and refreshing with tomato juice,” said Ian Burrell, Global Rum Ambassador, who also judged the competition.
“Ronnaporn has managed to combine and create a flavour profile that, even someone like myself who doesn’t go for savoury drinks, would enjoy and would recommend to somebody. For me, it’s one of those drinks that, in the future, somebody would order as an alternative to a Bloody Mary.”
Dickie Cullimore, Global Ambassador BACARDÍ rum, said of the week in Amsterdam: “I think in terms of energy level, diversity and spirit we have never hosted a group of bartenders quite like the one this week in Amsterdam; they have been just phenomenal and will leave as one family. We are all in love with Ronnaporn’s Pink Me Up cocktail – which to me feels both incredibly innovative and yet somehow familiar, which is, of course, its genius!”
One of the world’s largest cocktail competitions, Bacardi Legacy aims to challenge bartenders from around the world to create the next Bacardi rum cocktail that has the greatest potential to become a classic and join the pantheon of Bacardi Legacy cocktails alongside the Mojito, Daiquirí and Old Cuban before it.
Ronnaporn’s bar Backstage has also recently been voted number 20 on the list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars for 2019. When asked what the first thing he plans to do in Thailand would be, he told drinkmagazine.asia “I’ll be going back to my bar to drink Pink Me Up of course!” So join him and make the recipe (below) tonight.
Pink Me Up by Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn
2 oz BACARDÍ Carta Blanca rum 3-4 pieces fresh tomato
5-7 basil leaves
0.5 oz orgeat syrup
1 oz lemon juice
1 barspoon olive brine
Muddle, shake and fine strain into a Coupette glass and garnish with Green olive & a Basil leaf