Plight of the Bumblebee
Being a Bacardi Legacy winner takes more than just making great drinks. For Max Curzon Price, it took a campaign of celebrating bio-diversity by supporting the humble bee.
The ‘Plight of the Bumblebee’ is the Bacardi Legacy cocktail entry for 2020 from Canadian bartender, Max Curzon-Price. The unique aspect of each drink is the fact that bartenders can recreate the drink but must use local honey from their area, showcasing “neighborhoods through taste”.
The concept of the cocktail hopes to leave behind a legacy for future bartenders inspiring them to search their own gardens and local produce. As Max puts it “The less we buy from overseas and the more we focus on the cultivation of biodiversity in our communities, the better we can raise the bar for our clients and ourselves the world over.“
Local farmer markets or owners of beehives will regularly have a small supply to give away usually in with the honeycomb. Even the honeycomb is edible and can be used for infusions like this honeycomb rum recipe.
Plight of the Bumblebee was created to run alongside the affiliate program ‘Hive of Apiarists’ which gives individual ambassadors a chance to make their own Plight of the Bumblebee cocktail using honey unique to their location.
Max explains that honey is like a fingerprint of a location and a great wat to showcase neighborhoods through taste. As a result, using local honey supports small communities and actively promotes pollination and biodiversity.
You can listen more to this and about Max’s build-up to the competition On The Back Bar podcast.
45ml Bacardi Ocho
22ml local honey
22ml Grapefruit Juice
7ml Lemon Juice
7ml Martini Bitter
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