Mike McGinty from Big Red Teapot’s newly opened The Voyage of Buck, Edinburgh, beat four regional finalist to pick up the prestigious accolade.
MCGINTY fended off fierce competition to be crowned Patrón Tequila ‘perfectionist” at the event held at the Lucky Pig, London, last Wednesday.
He competed against southern finalist, Steve Young from Pier64 in Penarth (near Cardiff); Matyáš Bušek from Mr Fogg’s Residence in London, Raffaele Di Monaco from Park Chinois in London and north England finalist Joe Wild from El Bandito.
He is now set to embark on an all expenses trip to the Hacienda Patron – Patrón Tequila’s stunning distillery in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico – in January, where he will compete in the grand finale against international bartenders from Mexico, Australia, UAE, France, Spain and Italy.
The winning cocktail will also feature as a limited-edition special serve at The Voyage of Buck that opened its doors in October 2016.
This is the first year the Patrón Perfectionist’s Cocktail Competition, launched in the UK last year, has expanded to an international level.
Judges at the Scottish regional finalist event, held at Tonic in Edinburgh in September described McGinty’s The Bell of Jalisco (Patrón Reposado, chamomile-infused dry vermouth, grapefruit IPA, lemon juice and yellow bell pepper shrub), as a light, savoury but complex drink.
You can read about McGinty here.
And re-create his cocktail here.