Entries are now open for the 2018 Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition and will close later this month, before regional heats take place in August and September.
This will be the third year for the Perfectionists Competition in Australia, with the national winner heading to Mexico to compete against bartenders from around the world in the global final. This year Australian bartenders are invited to enter the Patrón Perfectionists Competition by creating a cocktail, which has been inspired by their country, and you can enter via the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition website.
Lee Applbaum, Chief Marketing Officer, Patrón Spirits International said: “The incredible bartending talent and sense of community demonstrated at the Patrón Perfectionists Finals is truly inspiring. The number of different ways bartenders around the world have chosen to showcase our tequila in their bespoke cocktails is mesmerising and the flavour combinations – reflecting their personal experiences and background — reinforces the versatility of Patrón Tequila.
“I’m proud to see how our previous winners have grown in recognition not just in their respective markets but globally. The Patrón Perfectionists finals represents the beginning of their journey with us. Every guest who comes to Hacienda Patrón departs more passionate and inspired about the art of handcrafted tequila. We then harness our shared commitment to perfection and enriched knowledge through continued partnerships on guest-shifts, trade tours, masterclasses and judging. We’re looking forward to expanding our global community of Perfectionists even further this year as we extend the competition to the US and Brazil.”
Entries for the competition will close on Thursday 26 July with the regional finals taking place on:
- Monday, 27th August: Brisbane (QLD & NSW finalists combined)
- Tuesday, 28th August: Melbourne (VIC, TAS & NSW finalists combined)
- Tuesday, 11th September: Perth (SA, WA & NT finalists combined).
Six bartenders will then go on to compete at the national competition in Sydney on Monday, 15th October.
Speaking about his win, David Robinson, the 2017 Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition Australian winner, from Hot Tamale in Darwin, Northern Territory, said: “Being crowned as the Australian winner of the Patrón Perfectionists Competition and competing at the global finals was an amazing experience. It was more than a cocktail competition, it was a cultural experience both with Patrón Tequila and Mexico. I’d highly recommend this competition to all Australian bartenders that share the love for tequila.”
The 20 national winners will head to Mexico in January 2019 to compete in the global finals week, with the grand finals being hosted at the home of Patrón Tequila, Hacienda Patrón in Jalisco, Mexico.