Carnival Cruise Line Mixologist Sanja Cvijetic Wins Best Bartender Award

Feb 20, 2019

Sanja Cvijetic is this year’s winner of BACARDI Legacy Cruise Competition Finals. Representing Carnival Cruise Line at the annual Bacardi Legacy finals the 31-year-old mixologist from Bosnia and Hercegovina won this prestigious competition with her cocktail “Purple Sunset”. It was a long journey to make it to the finals which attracted more than 2,000 entries from the cruise industry’s leading bartenders out of which three made it to the finals.

In addition to a $4,000 cash award and an etched trophy, at the 14th annual competition, the victory earned her a spot in Bacardí’s global finals this May in Amsterdam where Sanja will compete against 38 finalists for the ultimate title.

“Winning the BACARDI Legacy Cruise Bartender of the Year 2019 is beyond everything I ever dreamed,” said Cvijetic. “Working for Carnival has opened my eyes to a world of possibilities, and I am so grateful for the unique opportunity to compete against such talented professionals.”

“Sanja is a fantastic role model for our team of bartenders across the fleet and shows a great level of professionalism and talent,” added Edward Allen, vice president of beverage operations for Carnival Cruise Line. “Joining us in January 2018 on Carnival Pride, she has made a positive impression on our guests who enjoy her warm hospitality and amazing bartending skills. We are very proud of her and look forward to supporting her at the global finals.”

Here are the ingredients and preparation method of this years best Bacardi cocktail on the seven seas “Purple Sunset”, or you can try it from Sanja Cvijetic who is currently aboard Carnival Conquest.

cruise ship cocktail

  • Ingredients:
  • 60ml BACARDÍ Superior
  • 22ml Monin® Lavender Syrup
  • 15ml lemonade
  • 15ml fresh lime juice
  • Splash of MARTINI Prosecco®
  • Fresh rosemary bunch
  • Preparation Method:
  • Gently muddle fresh rosemary bunch
  • Place all ingredients (except MARTINI Prosecco) into shaker
  • Add ice, and shake 10 seconds
  • Double strain into a chilled glass
  • Add a few more drops of lavender syrup and a splash of MARTINI Prosecco
  • Garnish with fresh rosemary