Drivers start your engines! But don’t forget to bring the Rum! That’s right, Havana Club is putting the pedal to the metal in a race to find the world’s most talented rum bar tenders. The 12th annual Havana Club Grand Prix is here, and the search is on for a bartender who has the drive, the skills, and the passion, to snag first place in a world class craft cocktail competition.

2018’s competition is titled “Cuba Moderna”, and promises a grand showcase of Cuba’s current successes and continued economic and social growth. Cuba is a rapidly evolving country, with vibrant people, rich traditions, and wonderfully bright flavors. This competition intends to shine a spotlight on the nation, highlighting its progress and accomplishments, while setting the stage for all the amazing qualities of authentic Cuban rum and the variety of creative and tasteful ways to enjoy it.

This year’s Grand Prix brings a fresh new format that really gives the bartenders an opportunity to show their stuff, starting with local competitions and traveling to over 40 countries, the competition is designed to challenge competitors to combine the theme of Cuba Moderna with their home town flavors. The winners from each country will then be flown to Havana for a finalist competition from May 28th to June 2nd.

The final competition is an intense two-day extravaganza that will be judged by a jury of the world’s leading rum authorities, led by Anistatia Miller. The winners will receive an all-inclusive tour of Havana that encompasses the best of what the city has to offer. Winners will also get to participate in a variety of seminars including talks that will explore modern bar tending trends and classic cocktail techniques, and a visit to a Havana distillery.

So, join in the race or enjoy from the sidelines but don’t miss the chance to be involved in what promises to be Havana Club’s most exciting and flavorful competition yet!