One of the Australia’s most popular cocktail competitions, took a slightly different angle this year and brought us Patrón Perfectionists Sculpting Ideas.
Bartenders across Australia were challenged to show their creative expertise and skills, and an unwavering commitment to perfection through the creation of a hand-crafted cocktail vessel.
Congratulations to Matt Bodycote from Baxter Supper Club in Perth who won “based on the functionality and creativity of their design along with technique shown during the crafting of the vessel”.
Matt said: “Craftsmanship to me is purposeful, thoughtful and expressive. My inspiration for my vessel was my favourite shape, the hexagon. I wanted whoever is imbibing the drink to feel the story of Patrón as they spin their glass around.
“Patrón inspire people from every level, with their dedication to their quality and expression. You wanna love Patrón.”
The hexagonal highball was designed by Matt to tell a story through touch.
Each side representing the production methods of Patrón tequila, honeycomb is shown to signify the cultivation of tequila, pinã to represent the Jimadors, clay bricks to illustrate the ovens, bubbles for fermentation and fire to characterise distillation. Finally, the handcraft vessel represents the hand bottling.
More than 130 bartenders registered and had the opportunity to share their creations over the last month. Bartenders drew inspiration from the 60 skilled hands that are involved in the processes to craft tequila at the Hacienda Patrón in Mexico.
Matt will now virtually work with Melbourne-based artist and ceramicist, Tantri Mustika, to perfect the design ahead of the vessel being put into production and then into a range of bars across Australia, details of which will be coming soon.
See Matt’s creation: