February 22 2019  |  Spirits & Tobacco

Carnival bartender wins Bacardi Legacy Cruise Competition

By Mary Jane Pittilla


Carnival Cruise Line’s Sanja Cvijetic concocts her Purple Sunset cocktail created for the Bacardi Legacy Cruise Bartender of the Year competition

Sanja Cvijetic from Carnival Cruise Line is celebrating her success as the winner of the Bacardi Legacy Cruise Bartender of the Year 2019 with Purple Sunset, her signature cocktail created especially for the competition.

The next step for Cvijetic is the global finals of the Bacardi Legacy Bartender of the Year in Amsterdam in May 2019, where she will compete against 38 domestic market winners for the global title.

Cvijetic scooped the prize from thousands of entries in the cruise sector, winning the Bacardi Legacy cruise final in Puerto Rico in February 2019.

Zachary Sulkes, International Key Account Manager (Cruise), Bacardi Global Travel Retail, said: “Sanja has really impressed us all with her inspired creation. Her understated professionalism, talent and hospitality skills demonstrated in the competition prove what a great example she sets for bartending leadership in the cruise industry – an increasingly important channel for the premium drinks industry.”

Eddie Allen, Vice President of Beverage for Carnival Cruise Line, added: “Sanja is a fantastic role model for our team of bartenders across the fleet and she has made a very positive impression with our guests who respond to her warm hospitality and her amazing bartending skills. We are very proud of her and look forward to supporting her at the global finals in Amsterdam.”

Cvijetic’s Purple Sunset is made with 60ml Bacardi Superior, 22ml Monin Lavender Syrup, 15ml lemonade, 15ml fresh lime juice, a splash of Martini Prosecco, and fresh rosemary.

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