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Bacardí Rum names UK brand ambassador

Rum brand Bacardí has appointed Lewis Cooke as its new brand ambassador for the UK.

Cooke has established himself as one of the top experts in the industry while working around the globe

As a part of his new role with Bacardí, Cooke will share the story of the rum brand’s 160-year heritage, craft and portfolio of rums in the UK.

Cooke said: “I could not be more thrilled to join the team at Bacardí, a brand which I have always admired for its rich history, heritage, and passion. Personally, I’ve always been drawn to outstanding independent bars, so now working with Bacardí, an independent family-run company, it made perfect sense for me.

“I’ve always sought to elevate the drinking experience by providing the best hospitality possible. In my new role, I’m looking forward to working with the new generation of bartenders to share what I know, and give them the knowledge and tools to truly appreciate the beauty and versatility of Bacardí rums”.

Originally from Manchester, Cooke began his career in hospitality 12 years ago. He previously held positions at establishments including Melbourne bars Black Pearl and Byrdi, and has most recently served as bar manager at London-based bar Swift.

Marie Peyto, UK and Ireland brand director for Bacardí Rum, added: “We are delighted to welcome Lewis to the team. His worldly experience is going to bring a fresh perspective to how the UK enjoys our range of Bacardí rums. His energy and passion to inspire a new wave of bartenders is exactly why he is the perfect fit for Bacardí.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how he can work with bartenders to bring to life the Bacardí experience and legacy to bars across the UK.”

Last week, Bacardí expanded its Cask Finish range with a new expression finished in rye casks.

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