Miro Kljajic

Following his success winning the 2016 Bacardi Legacy Cruise Competition Bartender of the Year and as a semi-finalist in the 2017 competition, Miroslav Kljajic of Carnival Cruise Line is continuing his winning streak in the professional bartender competition circuit, according to a press release.

This week he reached the Miami regional finals as the winner of the cruise category of the United States Bartenders’ Guild Most Imaginative Bartender competition presented by Bombay Sapphire gin and a chance to compete in the global final in London.

Contestants were required to craft their own unique recipe for a contemporary and imaginative cocktail featuring Bombay Sapphire gin. Miroslav used his creativity to devise ‘The Forgotten’, a twist on the multi-course cocktail concept, providing an experience with all 10 botanicals present in the gin, according to a statement.

The final 10 contenders took to the stage in Wynwood’s Beaker & Grey and the title was won by Andrew Lue of Sugar at the East Hotel.

Zachary Sulkes International Account Manager (Cruise), Bacardi Global Travel Retail commented: “Miroslov has really impressed us over the past two years with his dedication to continued professionalism and the sheer creativity and attention to detail he brings to his craft. He’s a fantastic ambassador for the on-board cruise bartender community and epitomizes the ever-increasing professional standards driven by progressive companies like Carnival Cruise Lines.”