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APPLICATION OPEN: Calling All Cocktail Perfectionists!

By Sheila Rosario posted 04-23-2021 12:51




Since its inception in 2015, the Patrón Perfectionists competition has grown beyond its humble beginnings to become a coliseum of sorts to reveal titans of the industry. In 2019 (the most recent competition before halting ceremony during 2020), the competition featured an astounding 3,000+ participating bartenders spanning 30 international markets and six continents. The competition exists to highlight the Mexican perfectionists who craft Patrón Tequila, the mixologists around the world who create beautiful cocktails, and the consumer who knows not all tequilas are created equal. Patrón Perfectionists is much more than a competition; it is a celebration of artistry and community.

The creation

This competition asks that contributing bartenders represent their personality, background, and individuality as a way of manifesting themselves as a perfectionist. Bartenders already know what it takes to balance a fine drink; every day behind a bar is a time to hone their skills with spoon and shaker, creating something worthy of an awaiting glass. Taking that next step to present your original creation to an awaiting panel is already enough to separate the good from the great.

The creation of a #simplyperfect cocktail is only one tool perfectionists are expected to wield from their arsenal as competition and judging look to gaze upon much more. Many contests ask for a cocktail and a story, but Patrón Perfectionists is a presentation of self. Bartenders are asked to lay out their inspiration and the many paths it took before it became a cocktail, to deliver a well-crafted, delicious drink with precision. Their words measured and counted just as the spirit flowing from bottle to jigger. 

It’s all in the presentation!

The method and creation of a simply perfect cocktail must be original, in such a way that its originality must inspire. The presentation must be welcoming, the explanation as crisp, clear, and concise as possible. Each line must be delivered with rigor so that judges may understand what went into crafting the expertly poured cocktail into the elegantly placed vessel. Each detail is crucial as a slip in service, a spill of liquid, or a forgotten ingredient could be the simple misstep in the calculation that keeps a contestant from being crowned champion. It is perfection, after all.

What is hospitality if not the practice of building community?

Hospitality plays an integral role in developing perfectionists; it is the difference between feeling welcomed and feeling served. Global finals have been one way in which Patrón puts its hospitable foot forward to welcome finalists to the Hacienda so that they are welcomed into the warm embrace of Mexico and shown what the community and culture have to offer. Those entrants dedicated to their craft determined to succeed and excel beyond their market will be rewarded with the opportunity to present their cocktail on the global stage.

For 2021, entrants will join a unique Hybrid competition that begins virtually through a pre-recorded presentation and culminates in an In-Person Competition in Mexico (provided that no Travel bans are in place at that time). 2020 provided a pause in programming but awarded time to bartenders to reflect on the importance of hospitality and what that word can mean when not surrounded by the walls of their familiar bars and restaurants. This year’s Patrón Perfectionists will reveal a new wave of competitors, the likes of which the world has yet to see.

To become a Patrón Perfectionist is to become a lifelong member bringing new meaning to the phrase “practice makes perfection."  Why not start your journey today!

For your opportunity to participate.

Application Deadline: May 31st @ 11:59 PM Pacific