Bartender Yeray Monforte from Dr Stravinsky in Barcelona, Spain has been crowned the global winner of the Patrón Perfectionists cocktail competition.
In 2018, Patrón Tequila went on the search for ‘perfection’ across six continents and 17 countries. Bartenders were tasked with creating a cocktail that reflects and harnesses the passion, precision and care that goes into each bottle of ultra-premium Patrón Tequila.
The finals were held at Hacienda Patrón, the heart and soul of our brand, in Jalisco, Mexico, where the best bartenders from around the world gathered to compete in the semi-finals on 23 January 2019.
Monforte’s cocktail, Wind (recipe below) was made with Patrón Silver Tequila, Orange Honey, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, Egg White, Fino Wine and a spritz of Patrón Reposado Tequila that had been macerated in Bee Pollen.
This combination of flavours not only secured Monforte a place as one of the top six in the Grand Final the following day and ultimately his win.
Monforte said: “What an incredible journey – I am so thrilled with this victory and the resonating title in the industry as well as a great reward for the commitment and the passion that led me through the research and creation of my perfect Patrón cocktail.
“From submitting my entry to competing in front of the judges during the final, the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition has been an unforgettable experience.”
At the Grand Final, Yeray was joined by fellow finalists Óscar Olvera from Mexico, Makina Labrecque from Canada, Peter Hannah from the USA, Chloé Merz from Germany and Mitsuhiro Nakamura from Japan.
Matthew Sykes, director of international marketing for Patrón Spirits International, added: “The pursuit of perfection is core to the Patrón brand and is a concept that resonates through the bartending community.
“The calibre of the cocktails entered into the competition is a testament to talent within the global community of Perfectionists. We’re very proud of Yeray for an outstanding win with his cocktail Wind. We’re now looking forward to seeing where he will go next as the 2018 Global Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition winner.”
During the competition, each bartender was challenged with creating a Patrón cocktail that reflects “the passion, precision and care” that goes into each bottle of Patrón Tequila.
Lee Applbaum, chief marketing officer at Patrón Spirits International, said: “Over the past few years we’ve seen the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition grow with bartenders from all over the world entering.
“The talent that these bartenders have brought to the competition is outstanding, making judging very tough. Every cocktail presented in the competition is a fine interpretation of perfection and truly showcases the versatility of Patrón Tequila.”
Wind by Yeray Monforte
60ml Patrón Silver tequila
60ml Eternal youth mixture (mix 25 ml orange honey, 25 ml lemon juice and 10 ml olive oil)
25ml Egg whites
20ml Fino wine
1 Spray of Patrón Reposado macerated in bee pollen
3 Pieces of fresh thyme and a strip of beeswax for garnish
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to chill and combine. Double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with thyme and beeswax.