Galway bartender’s amazing cocktail could become a true classic around the world


A bartender at The Front Door Pub has become the first Galwegian to reach the final stages of the prestigious BACARDÍ® Legacy Cocktail Competition.

Aileen Cunningham’s amazing ‘Varadero Vibes’ will go up against other cocktails in the competition, which challenges bartenders from around the world to find the BACARDÍ rum cocktail with the greatest potential to become a true classic that stands the test of time.

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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 18 February and, if successful, Aileen will go on to represent Ireland in the global leg of the competition.

Speaking of her achievements in the BACARDÍ® Legacy cocktails, Aileen said: “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’ is 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.

How to make Varadero Vibes

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