Adri Ford, a bartender at the new Alchemy Bar on the Carnival Liberty, was named “Bartender of the Year” at the 7th annual Bacardi Cruise Competition, which attracted nearly 1,900 food and beverage entries from culinary professionals representing 27 cruise and ferry operators from around the world.

Additionally, Daniel Rodriguez, a junior sous chef on the Carnival Legend, was named a semi-finalist in the culinary main course category for his entrée, “Brillat Savarin,” tournedos of beef made with Bacardi OakHeart Spiced Rum, Noilly Prat vermouth and aged mushrooms.

Ford, a native of South Africa, was recognized for her creative drink entry – the “Pink Victoria,” made with Grey Goose L’Orange vodka, marketed by Bacardi. The beverage is inspired by the signature cocktails served at the Carnival Liberty’s innovative new bar venue.  Ford is pictured here receiving her first prize winnings – a $5,000 check – from Bacardi Cruise Competition officials.

Ford is one of several mixologists at the vintage-themed cocktail “pharmacy” which offers a unique experience with concoctions made from different elixirs and ingredients or guests’ own custom-created cocktails. The Alchemy Bar debuted on Carnival Liberty late last year as part of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement program, a multi-ship initiative that includes exciting branded bar and lounge concepts, and innovative dining and entertainment options.