The BACARDÍ Singapore Cocktail Search



With the Singapore Sling clinging on to its throne as the nation’s iconic drink, it is time to ruffle up the status quo. BACARDÍ, the world’s most awarded spirit, is on the lookout for Singapore’s next signature drink!


The BACARDÍ Singapore Cocktail Search aims to bring together different cultures and personalities within Singapore to create cocktails that truly represent the Singaporean spirit – drinks that are made by Singaporeans for Singaporeans.


BACARDÍ has partnered with three local Singaporean personalities – ‘The Entertainer’ Dee Kosh, ‘The Football Freestyler’ Terence Leonardo Ong and ‘The Gentleman’ Jon Yongfook Cockle. These fun and creative personalities were each teamed up with three of Singapore’s finest bartenders – Thanutphol Arj-Han (Nath) from Tippling Club, Anthony Zhong from Jigger & Pony and Ethan Leslie Leong from Maison Ikkoku.


The command was short and simple:  create Singapore’s new signature drink by using BACARDÍ Superior Rum and their lifestyle within Singapore as an inspiration.


“It’s a natural fit for BACARDÍ to lead this cocktail search. The unique taste of BACARDÍ Rum inspired cocktail pioneers to invent some of the world’s most famous drinks including the BACARDÍ Mojito, the BACARDÍ Daiquirí, the BACARDÍ Cuba Libre, and the BACARDÍ Piña Colada. BACARDÍ was made to mix with all the fresh flavors and juices that are loved by Singaporeans,” said Henrik Resurreccion, Brand Manager, Bacardi-Martini Singapore Pte Ltd.


Head down to the following locations to sample and vote for your favourite to become Singapore’s next signature drink!

Zouk Winebar: 12-13 October 2012, 10pm – 12.30am

Harry’s Bar (Esplanade): 17 & 19-20 October 2012, 7pm – 9.30pm


Until 5 November 2012, sampling and voting will be carried out in different bars across Singapore. The public can also log on to to vote for Singapore’s new signature drink.


Check out the three BACARDÍ cocktails in the race to be Singapore’s new signature drink:


‘The Old Man & the Sea’ by Dee Kosh
Entertainer/ vlogger/ musician Dee Kosh collaborated with the equally funky Thanutphol Arj-Han (Nath) from The Tippling Club to create an unexpected subduedly named cocktail – The Old Man & the Sea. Rest assured that there is nothing musty or fishy about this drink. It has a refreshing citrusy tang from lime and a hint of ginger, sweetened with sugar cane syrup.




Dee Kosh explained, “We wanted to concoct something that was of Cuban and Asian origins. BACARDÍ Rum and sugar cane are obviously representative of the Cuban origin while ginger is distinctively Asian. The name pays homage to the novel of the same title written in Cuba by literary great Ernest Hemingway in 1951. Finishing off the cocktail is the foamy froth from a shaken egg white and that, of course, represents the sea.”


‘Tiki Taka’ By Terence Leonardo Ong
Terence Leonardo Ong, known as ‘The Football Freestyler’, is also the Founder of Urban Street Team. He worked closely with Anthony Zhong from Jigger & Pony to create the Tiki Taka. The cocktail tastes of a hint of citrus from grapefruit juice and the tartness is rounded by the silky smoothness of BACARDÍ Rum and a fragrant dash of almond syrup. It is not surprising that Terence’s cocktail has a football theme to it. He said, “Tiki Taka gets its name from the style of football played by my favourite team, FC Barcelona. Their style is simple, elegant and beautiful. The Tiki Taka is a simple drink that is refreshing and it looks fantastic in a cocktail glass!”




‘Kampong Sour’ by Jon Yongfook Cockle
‘The Gentleman’ Jon Yongfook Cockle, the founder of, worked with Ethan Leslie Leong, Director of Bar/Master Mixologisto of Maison Ikkoku to create the Kampong Sour. The cocktail’s deceptively simple three-ingredient list belies its refreshing and delicious taste. As the name suggests, the cocktail is on the tart side and the tang comes from the aromatic juice of calamansi limes, which are abundant in the Southeast Asian region.




“We wanted to capture something that is representative of Singapore and what can be more unique to Singapore than our kampong spirit of the olden times! The Kampong Sour is simple enough to make it at home with ingredients that are easily available. To complete the nostalgic feel of the drink, we serve it in an old-fashioned rock glass and a sipping straw to prevent the calamansi seeds from being drunk,” explained Jon.