Rumfest & The Rumfest Trade Show & Conference Day Return In 2018

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Kicking off a rum-fueled weekend of workshops, tastings and seminars

RumFest Trade & Conference Day – Friday 19th October 2018
RumFest – Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October 2018
Golden Rum Barrel Awards – Sunday 21st October 2018

The RumFest Trade Show & Conference returns this October, bringing together some of the most prominent names and exciting newcomers in the industry, all under one roof. Taking place Friday 19th October 2018 at the ILEC in London, over 25 exhibitors will showcase their rums as industry professionals network and sample new releases as well as discuss hot topics affecting the spirit in the second ever RumFest Conference. Exhibitors this year include Rum Java, Mhoba Rum, Real McCoy Rum, Rhum Depaz and more. Registration for the RumFest Trade Show & Conference is open here.

RumFest’s consumer show will open its doors 20th-21st October to host an abundance of tastings, masterclasses, seminars and delicious food. Brands, mixologists, master blenders and specials guests will jet in from the UK and beyond, coming together for a united passion of all things rum. More information on tickets and the event can be found on the website via rumfest.co.uk. On Sunday The Golden Rum Barrel Awards returns to celebrate the best movers and shakers in the rum world.

The RumFest Trade Show & Conference has provided a platform for the industry’s newcomers and independent brands for over a decade, attracting rum wholesalers, distributors, buyers, bar professionals and importers to what has become a key date in the rum calendar. With the evolution of the spirit and consistent rise in popularity in the UK, the one day trade event provides the chance to discover new rums, discuss trends and debate over issues affecting the industry.

The RumFest Trade Show & Conference will showcase rum’s versatility by welcoming the finest producers of the spirit including Atlantico Rum, Real McCoy Rum, Mhoba Rum, Rum Java, Rum Pixan, Rhum Depaz and Kill Devil. Across the day advanced masterclasses, deluxe tastings and more will take place to get even more insight into the spirit.

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At the weekend RumFest opens its doors to consumers, Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st October, to host an extensive showcase of rum-related offerings with leading brands from across the globe. Ticket-holders will get the chance to immerse themselves in all aspects of rum – from seminars and workshops with top brands, ambassadors and leading industry figures to top mixologists, blenders and distillers teaching the art of cocktail making and the ideal pairings for particular rums. Ticket holders will have the chance to purchase Golden Tot Tokens. For visitors interested in premium rums, these tokens will give those a chance to sample higher premium rums retailing from £80-£200. For the first time founder Ian Burrell will also host a tasting showcasing five rare and expensive rums with a combined retail value of £1500.

To close the weekend of festivities on Sunday 21st October, the Golden Rum Barrel Awards will recognise those making waves in the rum world. Celebrating the exceptional efforts and stars of the industry, categories include UK Rum Brand Ambassador of the year, UK Rum Menu of the year, Best New Rum of the year, Best Single Rum, Best Traditional Column Rum and many more. The nominees for the awards will be announced for National Rum Day in August.

Speaking about this year’s events, founder and Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell, “The RumFest Trade Show and Conference is a fantastic chance to get the inside track on the next big thing in rum as well as try some hidden gems on the market. Last year proved once again that this is THE event for anyone in the business of rum, with the worlds best brands, master blenders, distilleries and aficionados from across the globe. 2018 promises to raise the bar again with a few more surprises”

Registration for the RumFest Trade Show & Conference Day is now open to members of the trade and press. Exhibitors looking to get involved in the event can apply by emailing emma@rumfest.co.uk.

RumFest standard tickets are now on sale from £49.50, which includes access to all areas of the event and tasting from all exhibitors. For press applications please contact tshai@wearefullfat.com . For full information on RumFest and to buy tickets head to rumfest.co.uk.

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Banks Rums Shares Tales Past, Present And Future With Kin

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The brilliance of punch lies in its versatility and sociability. The occasion invites friends to gather around a central ‘flowing bowl’, ladling cups of punch whilst musing over stories past, present and future, of which at Tales on Tour Edinburgh, there are sure to be many.

Back for its second year in April, Tales on Tour is set to pull in distinguished and passionate patrons of the drinks industry. In the spirit of this community gathering, Banks Rums invites you to explore some of the best bars that Edinburgh’s cocktail culture has to offer with partnership at the city’s newest addition, KIN.

GATHER ROUND WITH YOUR KIN

Having only opened at the end of 2017, KIN is the latest addition to Edinburgh’s booming cocktail scene. Founded by industry stalwarts Jody Buchan and Sam Baxendale, KIN is a cosy basement bar promising warm welcomes, delicious drinks and seasonable nibbles.

From Saturday 7 – Tuesday 10 April, KIN will become a home away from home for Banks Rums, featuring a daily menu of punch and cocktails, where guests can enjoy a range of innovative drinks served from beautifully crafted pewter punch bowls. Banks and KIN invite guests to revel in the warm hospitality and conviviality of the city and this special new bar and while they may enter as friends or even strangers, they will leave as a member of the family.

Gathering of KIN with Banks – Available daily from 4pm – 1am; KIN, 1 Barony Street, EH3 6NY

Follow Banks on Instagram @BanksRums

 

Havana Club Supports Local Cuban Artists With Limited Edition Bottle

HC3 By HandHavana Club, the only 100% authentic Cuban rum available globally, has launched Havana Club 3 Years Old “By Hand”; a new limited edition bottle with a design created by three local Cuban artists to showcase authentic Cuban art to rum fans globally and inspire them to make cocktails at home.

The design showcases a palette of vibrant colours, inspired by the streets of Havana, and was hand painted by three rising artists from the Havana Cultura programme; award winning designer, Giselle Monzón; visual arts teacher, Nelson Ponce Sánchez; and Edel Rodriquez, an internationally recognised graphic designer and illustrator. The three artists created a number of hand crafted designs for the iconic white rum bottle, taking inspiration from local symbolism including the Cuban Star, an ornamental emblem that appears in bars and cafes across Cuba.

The eye-catching design will increase stand-out on shelf and excite rum enthusiasts, art collectors and Havana Club fans alike across Europe. The Havana Club 3 Years Old “By Hand” bottle will be available in Germany from March, before launching in nine other markets including France, Austria, Netherlands, Portugal and China.

Cuban Artist, Nelson Ponce Sanchez said: “It was a delight to use our local craft and knowledge to help create the design for the Havana Club 3 Years Old “By Hand” bottle. Since being discovered by Havana Cultura, we have been on a creative journey, which has reached new heights with our work on the limited edition bottle. It’s an honour that Havana Club has put its trust in us – and we hope rum fans around the world will appreciate our design whilst enjoying a Mojito or Daiquiri.”

Nick Blacknell, Global Marketing Director at Havana Club, commented: “The limited edition Havana Club 3 Years Old “By Hand” bottle reinforces our long-term commitment to supporting local Cuban artists, who otherwise would not have a chance to showcase their artwork on a global scale. In doing this, we make sure we continue to ‘Havanise’ the world through spreading Cuban craft, culture and spirit around the world. We would like to thank Giselle, Nelson and Edel for their creativity and hard work in designing our latest limited edition, as I know that rum enthusiasts will be eager to get their hands on this rare bottle”

Havana Club Launches First Cuban Rum Finished In Smoky Whisky Cask

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Havana Club, the leading rum in the global super-premium and above category, has unveiled the first ever prestige Cuban rum to be finished in smoky whisky casks – Havana Club Tributo 2018. The rum is the third instalment in the Tributo collection, a series of annual releases that pay tribute to the different elements of the authentic Cuban rum production process. The new expression was released in Cuba at the Cigar Habanos Festival this week and will have a limited release of 2,500 bottles globally.

Havana Club Tributo 2018 honours the cask’s crucial role in the rum production process, showcasing the complex taste that maturation in oak casks adds to the original sugarcane distillate. The expression has been crafted from a new blend of the finest rum reserves by Havana Club’s Masters of Cuban rum, who continue to safeguard the lineage and the refined superiority of the Tributo range of prestige rums.

Asbel Morales, Havana Club Maestro del Ron Cubano, hand-selected the blended rums drawn from precious 60-year-old casks and part finished them in barrels that had previously held smoky malts. The result is an exceptional rum with a subtle yet distinctive smoky note, and a cascade of flavours produced by the combination of casks that is set to surprise the palate of the most sophisticated connoisseurs.

Havana Club Tributo is presented in a luxury wooden box, crafted in white wood that communicates the quality of the Tributo range and reinforces the role of the oak in the 2018 edition. Each bottle is numbered and personalised with Maestro del Ron Cubano, Asbel Morales´s signature, to provide the ultimate guarantee of quality. Tributo 2018 is bottled at 40% ABV, and will be available in 21 markets, five more than last edition, from March 2018 at the RRP of 400 EUR per 70cl.

Asbel Morales, Havana Club’s Maestro del Ron Cubano, commented: “This rare rum finished in smoky whisky casks is a manifestation of our proud Cuban heritage interpreted for modern rum drinkers. We proudly present Havana Club Tributo 2018, a true Cuban rum with a unique taste that pays homage to the influence of the cask in the different varieties and styles of Cuban rum. The Tributo 2018 edition is a testament to the craftsmanship at Havana Club distillery, and we celebrate the expertise and passion of everyone who carefully monitored every stage of the distillation, maturation and blending process”.

Nick Blacknell, Global Marketing Director at Havana Club International, added: “Following the success of Tributo 2016 and 2017, we are now pleased to introduce the latest edition in the collectable Havana Club Tributo collection – a prestige Cuban rum with a delicate, peated whisky flavour and presented in a first-class design to emphasise its luxury credentials. We are confident that Tributo 2018 will appeal to whisky and rum connoisseurs alike looking for high quality and authentic drinking experiences”.

Neptune

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“Many are the ships wrecked due to Neptune’s wrath. Drink to his better nature and pray that his storms are stilled”.

I do love a good marketing slogan! They capture the brand in one or two sentences, and with the above coming from Neptune rum, you don’t half expect something to blow you away! With this, Neptune has arrived to the UK shores like a breath of fresh air, offering up a rum that is distilled and aged at the renowned Foursquare Rum Distillery within the former 17th century sugarcane plantation in Barbados.

Launched after the first bottle run in May 2017, Richard Davies has created a liquid that mixes both pot and column still variations before being aged within American bourbon oak barrels for a full 3 years. Neptune is then transported to the UK at 63% abv before soft water added to reduce its strength down to 40% abv and caramel to enhance the colour before bottling.

It’s already picking up some fanfare in the awards world, winning Silver in both the Spirits Masters in 2017 and New York World Wine and Spirits, plus picking up a Gold Medal at the China Wine and Spirits Awards earlier in the year.

Question is though, how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Neptune – 40%

A light, tangy note of fresh banana, vanilla and subtle citrus. A soft kick of caramel comes through to the palate, followed by  ripe green fruits, scented orange oils and a fresh lick of molasses. A long, thin finish that makes you grab the bottle for another.

A great Barbadian rum on its own, but how about a variation on the Manhattan for a twist on your rum experience?

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Glass –

Martini

Ingredients –

60 ml Neptune Rum
15 ml Sweet Vermouth
2-3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Maraschino Cherry

Method –

Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice, stir well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

One for the rum collection for sure, versatile and you’ll be in love with the story and label. ‘Drink it on a boat’ sort of rum!

© David Marsland and Drinks Enthusiast 2018. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog/sites author and owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to David Marsland and Drinks Enthusiast with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

The Darkest “Hotel” Launches For Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day beneath the tempestuous waves can be a torrid affair, but buoyed with a seasonal kindness rarely seen from the Ocean’s mightiest Beast, The Kraken Black Spiced Rum has delivered the answer many UK couples have been looking for. Seeking out one of the very darkest spots in the UK, The Kraken Black Spiced Rum has crafted the world’s darkest “hotel” – a unique ‘rumantic’ Love Lair draped in black upon black, furnished with imposing midnight décor…And they’re opening it up to couples seeking a wholly particular experience.

Set deep in the depths of the English countryside where even the brightest light struggles to penetrate, The Kraken Black Spiced Rum is inviting the adventurous to the launch of the world’s darkest hotel experience – a unique romantic sanctuary that’s dedicated to the dark, located under one of Britain’s blackest skies. Perfectly positioned in Northamptonshire, one of the darkest parts of the country, the unique accommodation allows you to be fully immersed in the grandeur of nature from the comfort of your own hotel.

But beneath the inky darkness, make no mistake that the benevolent Beast has pulled out all the stops to give you a devastatingly divine VIP Valentine’s treatment. A private bartender will shake up a selection of The Kraken Black Spiced Rum’s finest cocktails at your own personal bar including the Kraken’s signature serve, The Perfect Storm, as well as the sensational Any Port In A Storm. What’s more, a blazing Squid Bite will be served hot to fire up the cockles of our hotel guests.

The Love Lair is decked out with everything you need for the perfect Valentine’s – complete with a fireplace, mini bar, outside decking and luxury throws, everything from the interior to the exterior is delectably dark, decorated with the Kraken’s tentacled touch, this is Valentines the Kraken way…

The Kraken doesn’t discriminate – from best friends to siblings to spouses – those lucky enough to nab a coveted night of stargazing at the Love Lair can stay courtesy of the sea beast itself. The Lair will be hosting guests during the Valentine’s week between 7th to 14th February. A lucky couple will be able to win a night at the Kraken Love Lair via The Kraken Black Spiced Rum Twitter page by tagging their Valentine along with the hashtag #KrakenLoveLair.

Those who’d like to guarantee their dark and devilishly romantic night in the Kraken Love Lair can apply for tickets via The League of Darkness (www.theleagueofdarkness.co.uk/krakenlovelair). Price for one night is £50 and includes dinner and Kraken cocktails specially made by our mixologist in your very own bar. A luxury Kraken Love Lair welcome pack containing delicious treats and Kraken apparel to keep you warm, Kraken mini bar goodies and a night in the luxurious lair are all included. See website for details: http://www.theleagueofdarkness.co.uk/krakenlovelair

Edinburgh’s Leon Black Announced UK Winner Of Bacardi Legacy 2018

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28 participants from 10 countries competed in the Northern European finals of the BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition in Amsterdam. Leon Back from Edinburgh’s Panda & Sons was announced the UK winner with his drink ‘The Queen Street’, and will go to the world finals in Mexico for the chance to be crowned global winner of one of the most prestigious cocktail competitions in the world.

BACARDÍ, the world’s most celebrated rum, invited bartenders from all over the world to participate in the competition. Every year BACARDÍ takes this opportunity to seek out cocktails that stand a chance of becoming genuine classics, like the legendary Daiquiri or Mojito.

28 participants from 10 countries took part in the Northern European finals for a place in the grand finals. One bartender was selected from each of the participating countries to go to the world finals in Mexico, to be held in the spring of 2018. In other words, the participants in these ‘national’ finals only competed against bartenders from their own country, but they did so in an inspiring international context, rubbing shoulders with counterparts from nine other countries.

It was not entirely coincidental that Amsterdam was chosen as the host city of the Northern European finals; the city is well on its way to becoming one of the world’s most important cocktail hubs.

The ten bartenders who secured their ticket to the finals in Mexico yesterday are:

Leon Back / Panda & Sons (UNITED KINGDOM)
Erik van beek / Bar27 (NETHERLANDS)
Didier van den Broeck / Dogma (BELGIUM / LUXEMBOURG)
Harald Gröbl / Mark’s New York Bar (AUSTRIA)
Kacper Dylak / Cinchona (SWITZERLAND)
Carl Wiman / Himkok (NORWAY)
Henri Halonen / Liberty or Dead (FINLAND)
Carl Marcus Erlandsson / Hay Market (SWEDEN)
Anthony Barry / Cask (IRELAND)
Damien Guichard / Velvet (GERMANY)

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Since it was created in 2008, the list of honour for the BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition has done more than simply put a series of cocktails by some of the world’s best bartenders into the spotlight. It has also become a genuine network of talented people, all connected by a unique contest in which camaraderie always counts for more than the will to compete.

Leon’s winning recipe for ‘The Queen Street’ cocktail can be found below:

50ml Bacardi Carta Blanca
25ml Fresh Lemon Juice
20ml 1-1 Sugar syrup
20ml Martini Ambrato
2 dashes Celery Bitters
Spritz Islay Whisky

Shake all ingredients with ice, double strain and serve straight up in a Nick & Nora Glass. Spray with a spritz of Islay whisky on the side of and top of glass

Bacardi Unveils Sound Of Rum Series

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BACARDÍ® has today announced the launch of Sound of Rum Series, a four-part music documentary which explores the influence Caribbean music has on the world and the intrinsic link between rum, music and the cultures that have combined over time to create today’s the Sound of Rum. The series is the latest iteration of the BACARDÍ the Sound of Rum creative campaign which aims to connect the brand’s island roots to modern music.

The Sound of Rum is a diverse sound and unique concept born from the brand’s partnership with electro/moombahton trio Major Lazer, announced earlier this year. It draws influence from a collection of Caribbean genres including reggae, dancehall and afro beats and fuses them with modern day global influences from hip-hop, trap and grime to create something truly unique. Sound of Rum Series is released to further illustrate and explore this cultural and creative movement.

Sarah Doyle, Vice President of BACARDÍ for Europe, says: “It is important that we continue to create content and experiences that truly resonate with our audience. The Sound of Rum began as something to connect our brand’s island roots to modern music, but Sound of Rum Series goes deeper by clearly defining the concept whilst paying homage to the culture and traditions from which it was born. We are excited to have worked with so many inspiring and authentic artists on this project which, alongside the partnership with Major Lazer, enables BACARDÍ to bring theSound of Rum to life in so many unique ways.”

Each episode of Sound of Rum Series begins with the islands conveying how the Sound of Rum, though born in the Caribbean has traveled and developed throughout the world. Featuring stars such as Major Lazer, Sean Paul and Chase & Status, the series offers musical insights into the scene and reveals how the Sound of Rum has flourished in Europe.

Episode one of Sound of Rum Series can be seen below!

Swedish Victory In The Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Challenge 2017

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The last two weeks has seen me embrace my favourite rum brand more than ever with a trip to St Lucia for the Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai season. Hosted at Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina, the 5* venue became the hub for a host of international and island based bartenders for several days, welcoming with a Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Ice Tea upon arrival and offering the relaxed and chilled vibes St Lucia is famous for.

The aim of the Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai season is to culminate in a combined final of winning efforts from across the world from the last year, paired with St Lucian counterparts to crown the ultimate Mai Tai team and recipe. Representatives include the United Kingdom, USA, Spain, France, Portugal and Sweden, who each won their respective national heats to earn their way to the final.

After being inspired by a tour of St Lucia Distillers within the Roseau Valley, spiced rum talks from local producers, and an insightful chat on all things tiki by the renowned bartender and owner of Spirit of Tiki, Georgi Radev, culminating in the paired teams having the opportunity to experience the Castries Market in the capital city and pick up some local and home-produced ingredients and vessels, ready for the evenings finale.

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With 5 judges, including myself and Alva Preville (Taste of the Caribbean winning bartender in 2010 amongst his host of accolades), each paired team had to create a twist on the Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai, using their inspiration from their trip so far, whilst also showing off teamwork and producing to us all a display that would be worthy of the top prize!

With magic tricks and crowd chants for showmanship, it all accompanied serves such as the ‘Sop It To Me Baby’ by 3rd place winners Anthony Guaetta (Twin River Casino, USA) and Daniel Francois (Capella, St Lucia) that saw Chairman’s Reserve Spiced mixed with the 6th edition of 1931 rum, a homemade spiced liqueur and Key Lime juice. Second place had the ‘Chairman’s Spiced Intellect’ presented by Andrew Turner (Milk Bar, UK) and Ron Hillar (Capella, St Lucia). They shook up a blend of their homemade spiced syrup, Chairman’s Reserve Forgotten Cask, lime juice, pineapple juice, Angostura bitters and a dash of Chairman’s Reserve Spiced, complete with a pineapple, ginger and rosemary garnish.

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The winning drink though? It was the ‘Culture Paradise’ by Sharam Mohebbi of OGBG Bar & Restaurant in Sweden and his St Lucian counterpart Stephen Peter. Mixing Chairman’s Reserve Original and Chairman’s Reserve Spiced with Caribbean sherbet, ginger spice and passion fruit plus freshly squeezed lime, it won the judges plaudits! Earning them a cash prize, trophies and a trip for Sharam back to St Lucia, and Stephen to Sweden, plus local television coverage, it’s meant a truly well-deserved effort from both the winning team and all participants in placing them on the map when it comes to the Mai Tai cocktail!

Look out for the 2018 Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai season as more countries become involved with the challenge, as well as plenty of opportunities to experience a variety of Mai Tai twists, or indeed you can create Sharam’s and Stephen’s today!

Winning Cocktail
‘Culture Paradise’


40ml Chairman’s Reserve Original

30ml Chairman’s Reserve Spiced
30ml Caribbean Sherbet
20ml Ginger spice & passionfruit
20ml Freshly squeezed lime

Shaken over ice and served within a bowl or goblet. 

For more information on St Lucia, visit here.
Learn more about Chairman’s Reserve by visiting here.
To experience Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina, visit here.

© David Marsland and Drinks Enthusiast 2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog/sites author and owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to David Marsland and Drinks Enthusiast with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Havana Club Launches Cocktail Boomerang To Raise Money For People In Areas Affected By Natural Disasters

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Havana Club is calling on bartenders around the world to join a global Cocktail Boomerang on Saturday 7th October to celebrate ‘Día del Cantinero’ (Day of the Bartender) in recognition of the skills of the bartending profession.

Meimi Sanchez, Global Brand Ambassador for Havana Club, is calling bartenders to participate in the campaign and asking them to donate £7 for people affected by the natural disasters in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and North America and Asia.
Meimi and Havana Club are challenging bartenders to make a video of themselves creating a Havana Club 7 Old Fashioned cocktail with a link to their city. They then have to send the drink to another bartender, and challenge another seven bartenders to continue the Cocktail Boomerang.

Using the hashtags #BARTENDAGAINST and #HAVANABOOMERANG, participating bartenders can share the video, tag another bartender’s names and bar’s name on Facebook or Instagram, as well as share a link to the Just Giving Website (www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hc7boomerang).

The Cocktail Boomerang will unfold around the world simultaneously, including London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Leeds, Chester, Dublin, Paris, Singapore, Auckland, Mexico City and Moscow. Bars interested in taking part should contact Meimi Sanchez, Global Brand Ambassador Havana Club at Meimi.sanchez@pernod-ricard.com or register their interest through the ‘Bartend Against’ Facebook page.

The money raised will be given to GlobalGiving.com, the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects not-for-profit, donors and companies, who will help hand pick local charities in the worst affected areas.

Nick Blacknell, Marketing Director at Havana Club International, comments: “We would like to persuade bartenders around the globe to continue raising money throughout the one-month long campaign”. Bartenders are encouraged to host activities in their bars, leaving a jar on their bar to collect funds for this project, or donating a percentage of their tips via the JustGiving page.

Additionally, Havana Club has offered to donate 7.000€ as well to alleviate the problems caused by the natural disasters.

To find out more, visit Havana Club Grand Prix Facebook page to watch a video featuring Meimi Sanchez and ‘Bartend Against’, available from Saturday 7th October.