The holiday season is fast approaching and this year, BACARDÍ is taking over the festivities. With 88% of Dutch respondents preferring to spend holidays at home with friends and family, BACARDÍ is introducing The Table of Ocho, a festive platform in collaboration with chef London Loy, dedicated to inspiration for dinner preparations with 8 friends. Expect tasty Caribbean dishes, the best BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho cocktail recipes, the ultimate playlist, and table styling tips. A combination of Caribbean dishes and authentic rum cocktails is a match made in heaven that will be presented as part of The Table Of Ocho. The 8 cocktails made with BACARDÍ Ocho – curated by rum aficionado and bartending expert Joy Obergh – prove that wine can be traded for cocktails at dinner.

In addition to cocktails and dishes, the platform also includes creative table styling tips for you to make an extra impression on guests. Forget the standard party decorations and give the party table a playful look; The Table of Ocho takes decorations to a remarkable level. This holiday season, go for a mix of tableware and napkins in different sizes, colors, structures, colorful flowers, and tropical greenery for a festive home dinner with a Caribbean touch. BACARDÍ ambassadors have joined in the fun to share their best-kept music and styling secrets. Numéro Netherlands’ very own Editor-In-Chief Timotej Letonja has shared his tried-and-true advice for styling yourself for a festive dinner or a party with friends and family. The list of BACARDÍ ambassadors further includes Yeliz Çeçik and Irene Hin, a singer and artist who developed a thoroughly curated playlist for the festivities – ‘Like the perfect BACARDÍ Ocho – on the rocks or mixed – enjoy my neat and mixed rock and R&B classics’. Listen to the BACARDÍ Table of Ocho playlist and get inspiration for fashion and glam, so you look extravagant at every Christmas party.

The inspiration for The Table of Ocho comes from the aged rum BACARDÍ Ocho. Until a few years ago, the iconic BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho was drunk exclusively by the Bacardí family during lavish dinners and is known for its deep, layered, and smooth taste, thanks to 8 years of aging. With his passion for rum and Caribbean cuisine, Chef London Loy embraces the Bacardí family dinner saga and created the perfect menu for a home dinner with eight friends.

′′Cooking is my passion, but during the holidays I really go all out for my friends and family. I don’t serve traditional dishes, but always a surprising and colorful menu. The dishes for Table of Ocho are inspired by BACARDÍ Ocho and Caribbean cuisine and are perfect to combine with the cocktails. Soul food in a sophisticated way”
-London Loy

The world of drinks was forever changed in 1862 after Don Facundo Bacardí Massó created a light rum with a particularly smooth taste in Santiago de Cuba. BACARDÍ not only has become an integral part of every liquor cabinet but has also inspired some of the most iconic cocktail recipes in the world, such as the BACARDÍ Mojito, BACARDÍ Daiquiri, BACARDÍ Cuba Libre, BACARDÍ Piña Colada, and BACARDÍ El Presidente. BACARDÍ Rum is the most awarded rum in the world, amassing more than 1000 awards for quality, taste, and novelty. Mainly manufactured in Puerto Rico to ensure that the rum still tastes as it did when it was first blended in 1862, BACARDÍ is a perfect blend of tradition and innovation.
In the past, the Bacardí family regularly invited close friends, neighbors, and the wider local community to their country house for extravagant dinners. Together they celebrated the joy of drinking rum, enjoying festive food and Latin American music. The star of these evenings was BACARDÍ Ocho. Inspired by the iconic family recipe from 1862, BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho is known as ‘The Family Reserve’ and is the inspiration for The Table Of Ocho.

If dinner parties, festivities, cocktails, and delicious tasting menus are something of interest to you all while looking and feeling fabulous, visiting The Table of Ocho platform should be the next thing on your festive season to-do list! What’s more, you can win a table for 8 via the Table of Ocho website during the BACARDÍ Table of Ocho dinner party on December 14! The festive dinner will take place in an intimate setting at a secret location in Amsterdam and will take guests on a culinary journey with legendary BACARDÍ rum cocktails and Caribbean dishes by chef London Loy. Registration is possible until December 8, selected invitees will be notified on December 9.
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