W Maldives celebrates female bartenders

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Images courtesy of W Maldives

W Maldives has planned a series of events dubbed ‘What She Shakes‘ to provide a platform for female bartenders to showcase their talent.

To launch the initiative with a bang, the resort invited world class mixologist Bannie Kang for an extraordinary activation on 6 December at SIP, the resort’s sunset bar, where she will craft four signature cocktails that will be served over sundowners and throughout the night. 

‘Her Legacy’, a cocktail inspired by Kang’s time in the Maldives, will be featured on the menu for a limited time to allow guests to indulge in her exclusive creation.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to collaborate with Bannie Kang for a one-night only exceptional mix featuring four signature creations and particularly ‘Her Legacy’ inspired by the Maldives and created exclusively for W Maldives,” said Idu Ribeiro, General Manager.

“At W Maldives, we are focused on elevating our Beverage & Food offerings with unique activations and through the ‘What She Shakes’ series we are not only looking to amplify our cocktail culture but also empower and showcase female talent behind the bars” Idu Ribeiro

“I’m thrilled to be visiting the Maldives, and also to be able to truly imbibe the spirit of the dream destination into some of my creations and leave a legacy at W Maldives for everyone to sample,” said Bannie Kang.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, and I hope that sipping the curated cocktails in a paradise setting is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience for all guests as well!”

A former World Class Global Champion and Asia’s Bartender’s Bartender awardee, Bannie Kang discovered her passion for bartending in 2010, embarking on intense bartender training courses before joining the team at ANTI:DOTE (Singapore) in 2013. Following her win at the World Class competition in Singapore, Kang flew onto the global scene as the Global Bartender of the Year in 2019. 

Originally from South Korea, Bannie and her chef husband Tryson went on to open their own establishment MU:Taipei in Taiwan in February 2020. More recently MU:Taipei was recognised among Asia’s 100 Best Bars, with Bannie winning the peer-voted accolade, the Mancino Bartenders’ Bartender in 2021. A young talent with a passion for introducing extraordinary inventions, Bannie will bring with her a set of skills into action to create signature cocktails, inspired by Maldivian flavours for a memorable experience.