Talented bartender from Wanaka, James Crinson, will compete in the Global Finals of the prestigious cocktail competition Bacardi Legacy after taking out the New Zealand Finals in February.

Crinson will represent New Zealand in San Francisco with his cocktail Te Anaka, and compete for the chance to have it crowned the next Bacardi Legacy Cocktail.

The competition celebrates talented bartenders and their signature cocktails, which must demonstrate the potential to become longstanding classics alongside the world’s most well-known and loved drinks.

“I have used local ingredients that touch on modern food and drink trends, such as honey sourced from Christchurch, that acts as a natural sweetener instead of artificial ingredients, and adds a complexity to the drink,” said Crinson.