Congrats Aileen BACARDÍ® Legacy Cocktail Competition Finalist!

Congrats to Aileen Cunningham, one of our acclaimed bartenders here at The Front Door Pub, who is the first person in Galway and one of only three bartenders in Ireland to reach the final stages of the prestigious BACARDÍ® Legacy Cocktail Competition, with her creation ‘Varadero Vibes’!

Recognising the most creative in the business, the Legacy Cocktail Competition aims to challenge bartenders from around the world to find the BACARDÍ® rum cocktail with the greatest potential to establish itself as a true classic that stands the test of time and becomes established in the industry, alongside the Mojito, Daiquirí and Old Cuban before it.

Aileen, a Furbo native and fully qualified interior architect, offers a wealth of hospitality experience and accolades to her name for her cocktail-making skills. She has also attended the highly acclaimed Dublin Bar Academy, receiving a formal qualification in mixology.

The next round of the BACARDÍ® Legacy Cocktail Competition takes place in Dublin, on Monday 18th February and if successful Aileen will go on to represent Ireland in the global leg of the competition. Wishing her every success, with our fingers and toes crossed for her!

Speaking of her achievements in the BACARDÍ® Legacy cocktails, Aileen says ‘Needless to say I’m thrilled to be a finalist in such a prestigious cocktail competition.  ‘Varadero Vibes’ is a really special drink that I think can become a real industry classic. Thank you to all the team and customers in The Front Door Pub, along with family and friends for their well wishes and support so far’.

Aileen’s cocktail creation ‘Varadero Vibes’ offers a taste of that that holiday buzz we all love. Combining Bacardi Cuatro, fresh watermelon juice, lime, agave, mezcal, black pepper and garnished with a slice of watermelon and zest of lime, it’s now available to order here in The Front Door Pub.

The greatest thing about Varadero Vibes is that it’s so easy to make at home for family or friends! Just grab..

50ml Bacardi cuatro

50ml watermelon juice

15ml lime

10ml agave

3 dashes mezcal

4 twists black pepper


Then shake well and fine strain over ice into a tall slim glass

Garnish with a watermelon slice and lime zest. Enjoy!


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