Cuba will host the 69th World Cocktail Championship, to be held from November 4 to 9, 2022, at the Meliá Internacional Hotel in Varadero, as announced Tuesday by José Rafa Malém, president of the Cuban Bartenders Association (ACC).
At a press conference, Rafa Malém informed that members of the International Bartenders Association (IBA) are supervising the preparations for the meeting at that hotel facility, which is part of the properties of Cuba’s Gran Caribe group and is managed by Meliá Hotels International.
The hotel boasts quality products, impeccable service, cleanliness and a highly-trained staff, elements that make the Meliá Internacional de Varadero Hotel the perfect venue for the great international cocktail event.
According to the statement published by the Association of Cuban Bartenders (ACC) on its Facebook page, the selected hotel has a magical and incomparable environment to host the cocktail competition.
With a convention area that exceeds 2,000 square meters in halls, and alternative locations by the pool, beach and gardens, the Meliá Internacional Varadero has many facilities to host the contest.
Added to this is the variety of accommodation options in standard rooms, junior suites and suites, and the gastronomic offer that includes a boulevard with more than 20 culinary spaces.
In 2018, Havana was declared Ibero-American Capital of Cocktails. So it is no coincidence that the IBA has chosen the Greater of the Antilles as the venue for the next world cocktail championship.
Cuba also has a world cocktail champion, five Pan-American championships, three President’s Cups and other international awards.
Cuba also boasts 10 classic cocktails known around the world, such as the Daiquiri and the Mojito.
Nearly 100 years ago, Havana was the epicenter of the world’s bars. The place of the best, most creative and spectacular bartenders.
From the hands of those bartenders came dozens of drinks that used national liquors and beverages mixed with the most internationally known ones.
Several Cuban drinks or cocktails have reached worldwide diffusion and today are part of the catalog of any bar in the world.