Coralina Margarita Crowned Patron Tequila’s 2017 Margarita of the Year!

It seems so long ago that we shared the amazing event that was the Patrón Tequila 2017 Margarita of the Year event and competition. Seven bartenders from around the world battled it out with their take on a modern margarita, check out our Exclusive Patron Margaritas for International Margarita Day coverage. After enjoying all of their creations, guests voted for their favorites and left the final decisions to the illustrious judges. Well, the votes have been tallied and a decision has been made. After a long deliberation (the event was two months ago), Patron Tequila finally has their 2017 Margarita of the Year winner. And the winner is……. the Coralina Margarita, created by Mexico City bartender Riesler Morales.

Razorfish – Patron

1.75 oz Patrón Reposado
.75 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.75 oz Simple syrup
1 oz Fresh lime juice
.5 oz Red Wine (Mexican, or other)
+ Sugar-salt rim*
Combine Patrón Reposado, Patrón Citrónge Orange, simple syrup and lime juice in a shaker tin; add ice and shake vigorously. Strain mixture into a chilled cocktail coupe rimmed with sugar-salt rim.* Carefully float red wine on the surface of the cocktail and garnish with a lime wheel.

*Sugar-salt rim:
Pulverize .25 cup dried hibiscus (that’s a flower for those not in the know) in a spice grinder. Add in a .25 cup of sugar and a .25 cup kosher salt, then pulse the mixture until combined.

Riesler wanted to craft a cocktail that had the simplicity and elegance of a classic Margarita, but with the interesting and unexpected ingredients that marry so nicely with Patrón tequila (check out the man in action in the photo above). The Coralina Margarita was inspired by an ocean sunset (that’s easy to see with its dual colors that mirror the sky at sundown), combining the oaky notes of Patrón Reposado, perfectly balanced with the citrusy flavors of Patrón Citrónge Orange, together with red wine and hibiscus.

Cocktail lovers, you’ll definitely want to try this winning cocktail. You should definitely check out the recipe above. This margarita was a favorite, definitely in our top five. We want to know, is this the winner you predicted? Share your thoughts on the Patrón Tequila 2017 Margarita of the Year winner with us.

Sip Pink: Enjoy VieVité Rosé French Wine this Spring

There’s much to look forward to in the spring season – warmer weather, blooming flowers, and drinking rosé wine. While we’ll always enjoy the first two, it’s the third that really has us excited for it is officially the season of enjoying rosé wines. The rosé we’re really excited for and ready to enjoy is the delicate and smooth VieVité Rosé french wine – VieVité (white label), and the limited cask VieVité Extraordinaire (black label).

Since it’s resurgence in 2012, rosé wines (the classic ones, not to be confused with the sweet, blush-colored White Zinfandel that was popular in the 80’s) have become THE wine to celebrate the spring and summer seasons. A perfect example of a classic rose is VieVité Rosé french wine. VieVité Rosé (pronounced Vee-Veetay) is created at Domaine Sainte Marie, a renowned vineyard in the acclaimed Côtes de Provence region in France, dating back to the 18th century and known for its true expressions of Provencal Rosé wine.

VieVité Rosé is produced from grapevines averaging 25 years old and offers a fresh and delicate aroma of tropical fruit (peach, grape, and apricot), cherries, and strawberries coupled with subtle notes of spice to create a satisfying sensation on the palate, which boasts a well-structured fruit and balanced acidity that creates a crisp and delicate finish. VieVité Rosé’s grape varietals are 30% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Carignan.

The VieVité Extraordinaire wine is sourced from 80-year Grenache grapevines with grapes that are hand selected and produced in smaller quantities, capturing the attention of true rosé connoisseurs for its opulent fruit flavors and exuberant panache. This deliciously vibrant Rosé delights with its intense and well-balanced fruit flavors, dominant with strawberries and berries, spices and herbal notes, and structured with an intensity that highlights the old vines it is made from. VieVité Extraordinaire’s grape varietals are 85% Grenache, 10% Cinsault, and 5% Rolle. This perfected rosé wine lingers on the palate for a long, satin finish.

Both VieVité and VieVité Extraordinaire are available across the United States in fine restaurants and bars, luxury resorts and hotels, as well as wine boutiques. Are you ready to have an essential experience with VieVité Rosé french wine?

New Restaurant Alert: Chefs Club Counter Launches in New York City

Attention foodies, there’s a new culinary haven now open in the iconic neighborhood of Soho, NYC. Encompassing the famed corner of Spring and Lafayette, at 62 Spring Street, is Chefs Club Counter, the first “fine-fast” concept brought to life by Stephane De Baets, the Belgian entrepreneur behind the game-changing restaurant group, Chefs Club.

Stephane de Baets

An off-shoot of Chefs Club, Chefs Club Counter will offer a quick and affordable fine food options for customers eager to partake in popular dishes from some of the world’s best chefs in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. The menu, curated by Culinary Director Didier Elena, a 20-year Alain Ducasse alumnus, features select dishes available in a limited quantity for a limited time. We had the pleasure of indulging in Chefs Club Counter’s “fine-fast” food concept with the culinary geniuses Chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Eggslut‘s Alvin Cailan, and George Mendes.

George Mendes

Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Alvin Cailan

The VIP preview of Chefs Club Counter’s decadent bites included possibly the most amazing burger we’ve ever tasted, the JG (Jean-Georges) Burger Sliders, Duck Rice, Grain Bowls, Tomato, and Stracciatella, and Wild Mushroom and Chicory Pizzas, and the celebrated LA favorite, Eggslut Crostini from Chefs Club Counter roster: Jean-Georges Vongerichten, George Mendes, Linton Hopkins, Magnus Hansson, and Eggslut’s Alvin Cailan.

As if these delectable bites weren’t heaven enough, the dishes were paired with Ben Watts’ Watts Up Rosé, which flowed throughout the evening, much to our delight. Almost 600 guests were in attendance to sample the exclusive and limited edition menu, including downtown’s creative luminaries enthusiastic foodies, neighbors, and influencers from all walks of life.

Ben Watts’ Watts Up Rosé – David White

We’re not sure how long the menu will remain the same but we highly recommend you head over to Chefs Club Counter try their delicious fare as soon as you possibly can.

Gran Patron Platinum Tequila Margarita: The First Ever Platinum Margarita

Ever wonder what a $100 margarita tastes like? To officially welcome the spring season, we present a one-of-a-kind margarita created by bartender Rael Petit at the NYC cocktail bar, Delilah, and made with the limited edition Gran Patron Platinum Tequila Margarita. We know Platinum is one of the rarest and purest precious metals in the world, and the limited edition Gran Patrón Platinum Tequila, a crystal clear, triple distilled and oak rested tequila which boasts a smooth and full-bodied flavor, is the perfect main ingredient for the first-ever Liquid Platinum Margarita.

Liquid Platinum Margarita
2 oz Platinum Patrón Tequila
1 oz Dolin
2 dash rose water
.25 oz agave syrup
.5 oz lime juice
Stir all ingredients with ice for 30 seconds then pour in a mixing glass. In a mixing glass add:
1 bar spoon edible platinum color
1 pinch xanthum gum
Stir for 10 seconds, then pour in your coupe glass. Garnish with an edible orchid using edible silver sprayer marshmallow flavored.

Each Liquid Platinum Margarita includes Gran Patron Platinum Tequila ($200 per bottle, made from the finest 100% Weber Blue Agave), edible silver flakes, rare rose water and topped off with an edible silver orchid. The liquid even swirls around by itself – it’s magic in a glass!

What makes this spring season extra special is for a limited time, (March 20th – April 30th), the Gran Patron Platinum Tequila Margarita will be offered off the menu for $100 per glass, at Delilah, for those in the know. For those of you who want to add your own bottle of limited edition Gran Patron Platinum Tequila to your home bar, head to www.patrontequila.com to find the closest location near you. Each bottle is hand-numbered, made from crystal and comes housed in an elegant case.

What do you think of the Gran Patron Platinum Tequila Margarita? Are you ready to sip on this precious metal? If you’re up to indulging in this out of this world concoction, head over to Delilah cocktail bar before April 3oth.

Recap: Patron Tequila Margaritas Custom Crafted by International Bartenders

To say we had a great time celebrating International Margarita Day with Patron Tequila is an understatement. Before we had a fantastic time honoring the day, we gave you guys a sneak peek at seven never before seen margarita recipes from across the globe, all of which we had the pleasure of enjoying at the Patron Tequila Margaritas celebration. The evening was nothing short of amazing, with a night full of spectacular cocktails, great music, and amazing eats.

Surrounded by all things Patron, including the very stylish ponchos worn by staff members (we so want one), we had the very difficult task of voting for our favorite Patron Tequila Margarita out of the seven amazing cocktails that were on-hand to indulge in. If you read our previous post which is linked at the beginning of this post, you note the margarita nominees for 2017’s Margarita of the Year were the creations of the following mixologists: Shaun Gordon of Truman Tavern, Hemant Pathak of Junoon, Mindy Kucan of Oregon, Alexander Kady of Denver, Reisler Morales of Mexico City, Sophie Bratt of England, and Max Greco of Australia. Our plan of attack was to just head down the line of stations and enjoy the margaritas one after the other.

Along with these amazing drinks, we indulged in the seven Patron Tequila Margaritas in popsicle form, thanks to Popbar and their handcrafted treat on a stick. All of the seven margaritas were perfectly duplicated in this delicious frozen treat.

As if the seven exclusive margaritas weren’t enough, we also had the opportunity to create our own, using our own choice of fresh fruit and other ingredients to our very own signature margarita using the onsite Patron Produce Market and available Bar Chefs. We’re not on the sam level as the above creative mixologists, but we think ours turned out pretty damn delicious.

Another treat for us was the introduction to what will surely be a huge hit with cocktail aficionados, Cocktail Courier, who delivers the world’s best cocktails, right to your door.

We ended the evening quite sated and happy and especially loved getting to take home a personalized Patron Tequila Hand Squeeze Juicer. For more photos from the event, check out our slideshow below:

Launching Soon: Ultra-Premium Tequila Herradura Luck is Earned Campaign

It feels wonderful to be back and active again after my HP laptop decided it was time to retire and I’m trying my hardest to do all I can with 4 minutes at the library. Getting everyone back up to speed, we’ve had a bit of a whirlwind experience with spirits, one of which was tequila. First up is our celebration of the Tequila Herradura Luck is Earned Campaign, their latest advertising campaign from the global tequila brand, which celebrates the hard working people who channels the brand’s message of ambition, passion and soul. The Tequila Herradura Luck Is Earned event, held at the legendary The Cutting Room, featured a sampling of crafted margaritas by New York Mixologist Jimmy Fransioli (just in time for International Margarita Day), and a live performance by Grammy winning jazz-funk guitarist Eric Krasno.

Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Tequila Herradura

Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Tequila Herradura

As Tequila Herradura knows, there is no shortcut to greatness, which is why they the last true Tequila-producing hacienda on the planet, a sentiment highlighted through their new campaign and mirrored in the career of Eric Krasno. The Tequila Herradura Luck Is Earned campaign, which rolls out its first creative in the United States on September 16th in conjunction with Mexican Independence Day. The campaign features real people who emulate the courage of Tequila Herradura by resisting compromise and exceeding standards on the path to greatness. It honors the brand’s iconic horseshoe, demonstrating it isn’t just a symbol of good fortune, but a testament to Tequila Herradura’s commitment to excellence since 1870, when Aurelio Lopez found a horseshoe in his agave fields, and named his tequila “Herradura”, horseshoe in Spanish. It showcases how Tequila Herradura is crafted with a balance of respect for traditional processes with industry-leading innovation at the last true tequila-producing hacienda on the planet, a true piece of Mexico’s cultural fabric.

“We’re excited to launch a global marketing campaign that illustrates Tequila Herradura’s history, heritage and tequila leadership,” said John Tichenor, VP Global Brand Director, Tequila Herradura. “The ‘Luck Is Earned’ campaign not only reinforces the brand’s courageous legacy, but pays tribute to our consumers’ real stories of conviction and eminence.”

One of those talents was the extremely talented Eric Krasno, who enchanted the crowd with his career trajectory and performed an electrifying 30 minute set of jazz-funk music that blew the crowd away.

Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Tequila Herradura

Whether it’s making tequila (which Tequila Herradura has been doing it for over 145 years), music or art, the Tequila Herradura Luck is Earned Campaign knows that turning one’s all-consuming passion into perfection requires dedication to the craft and determination for excellence. Some of the wonderful margaritas

HERRADURA HORSESHOE MARGARITA


2 Parts Tequila Herradura Silver
1 Parts Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
0.75 Part Agave Nectar
1 Lime Wedge (Garnish)
Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake hard so that some of the ice melts, then strain over fresh ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

 

FRENCH MARGARITA


1.5 oz Tequila Herradura Silver
0.75 oz Chambord Liqueur
0.75 oz Pomegranate Juice
0.5 oz Lime Juice
Raspberries (Garnish)
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into margarita or martini glass. Garnish with raspberries.

 

About Tequila Herradura
Tequila Herradura is an ultra-premium 100% agave tequila crafted by Casa Herradura in Amatitán, Jalisco, the last true Tequila-producing hacienda on the planet and one of Mexico’s most historic and renowned Tequila producers. Since 1870, Casa Herradura has been hand-harvesting and estate bottling 100% agave Tequila using only the most mature blue agave and artisanal methods, such as slow cooking the agave in traditional clay ovens and using natural fermentation. Tequila Herradura is distilled twice and aged to perfection in American white oak barrels. Tequila Herradura Silver, Reposado, Añejo, Ultra and Selección Suprema Extra Añejo are available throughout the U.S., Mexico, and more than 80 other countries around the world. For more information about Tequila Herradura, visit www.herradura.com/ or connect with Tequila Herradura on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

 

Exclusive Patron Margaritas for International Margarita Day

Happy International Margarita Day everyone!! One thing we love is to get the heads up, the advance notice, the sneak peek at things the everyday person may not get to see firsthand. It’s why we love introducing emerging designers, products, and brands to you guys.Who doesn’t love to get the exclusive news, or photograph, or gossip? It’s kind of ego boosting to help someone discover something they might fall in love with! This is why we’re so excited to present these never before seen Patron Margaritas, just in time for International Margarita Day!

Razorfish – Patron

We’re going to take you on a whirlwind, and worldwide tour of Patron margaritas that will blow your tastebuds away. These new Patron margaritas are custom crafted by bartenders from around the world. These cocktail creations come complete with international influence, and fresh and unique ingredients, as they boast cultural inspirations from around the world. If you’re looking for an exotic take on the classic cocktail, Patron Tequila has got you covered with these seven adventurous margarita recipes from Shaun Gordon of Truman Tavern, Hemant Pathak of Junoon, Mindy Kucan of Oregon, Alexander Kady of Denver, Reisler Morales of Mexico City, Sophie Bratt of England, and Max Greco of Australia. We’re just excited to try one…..or all of these Patron margaritas.

High Plains Drifter Margarita, Charred Pineapple & Sage
Created by Shaun Gordon, Truman Tavern – Atlanta

Razorfish – Patron

1.5 oz Patrón Silver
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
2 Slices charred pineapple
.25 oz Yuzu juice*
.5 oz Fresh lime juice
.25 oz Simple syrup
+ 4 Sage leaves, 2 for garnish
+ 2 dash Lime bitters
+ Slice charred pineapple for garnish
+ Chipotle salt rim**

*If Yuzu juice is not available, substitute 2 parts lemon juice: 1 part orange juice.

**Chipotle salt rim
.5 Cup salt + .75 tsp dried chipotle powder

Char 2 pineapple slices and reserve one slice. Combine two pieces pineapple, 4 sage leaves and simple syrup in shaker and muddle. Add remaining liquid ingredients and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Double strain onto fresh ice in a chipotle salt-rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of charred pineapple and two sage leaves.

Mumbai Margarita, Mango & Indian Spices
Created by Hemant Pathak, Junoon – NYC

Razorfish – Patron

1.5 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Lime
1 oz Fresh lime juice
.5 oz Fresh mango puree
.5 oz Spicy rose syrup*
+ Green chili-salt rim**
+ Dehydrated lime wheel for garnish
+ Mint sprig for garnish

*Spicy rose syrup:
Mix .5 oz simple syrup, a jalapeño coin and a dash of rose water.

**Green chili-salt rim:
Fresh green chilis, cilantro and a bit of garlic. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe with a chili-salt rim. Garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel and mint sprig.

Tiki Rita, Grapefruit & Tiki Spices
Created by Mindy Kucan of Portland, Oregon, USA

Razorfish – Patron

2 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.5 oz Fresh lime juice
.5 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
.25 oz Vanilla syrup
+ Splash Allspice dram
+ Grated nutmeg for garnish
+ Lime wheel and cloves for garnish
+ Hawaiian sea salt rim
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice in a Tiki glass that has been rimmed with Hawaiian sea salt. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and a lime wheel pierced with three cloves and grated nutmeg.

Tropicante Margarita, Mango & Fresh Avocado
Created by Alexander Kady of Denver, Colorado

Patron MOTY 2017

 

1.75 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango
.5 oz Light agave syrup
1 oz Fresh lime juice
.25 Medium avocado
+ Short dash celery bitters
+ Short dash grapefruit bitters
+ Chipotle chili salt*
+ Sliced mango for garnish

*Chipotle chili salt:
.5 Cup of salt
1 T chipotle powder

Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop out half of one side and add to cocktail tin, mashing with a spoon until soft. Add liquid ingredients to the tin, use a spoon to release avocado from the side of the tin, and “dry shake” the contents (without ice) until the avocado is broken up and emulsified. Rim a double old fashioned glass with chipotle chili salt* and fill with ice. Add ice to shaker tin and shake vigorously until well chilled. Use a mesh strainer to “fine strain” the cocktail into the iced glass. Garnish with a ribbon of mango.

Coralina Margarita, Red Wine & Hibiscus
Created by Reisler Morales of Mexico City, Mexico

Razorfish – Patron

1.75 oz Patrón Reposado
.75 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.75 oz Simple syrup
1 oz Fresh lime juice
.5 oz Red Wine (Mexican, or other)
+ Sugar-salt rim*

*Sugar-salt rim:
Pulverize .25 cup dried hibiscus in a spice grinder. Add .25 cup sugar and .25 cup kosher salt and pulse until combined.

Combine Patrón Reposado, Patrón Citrónge Orange, simple syrup and lime juice in a shaker tin; add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe rimmed with sugar-salt rim.* Carefully float red wine on the surface of the cocktail and garnish with a lime wheel.

English Garden Margarita, Green Peas & Earl Grey
Created by Sophie Bratt of London, England

Razorfish – Patron

1.5 oz / 50 ml Patrón Silver
.5 oz / 15 ml Patrón Citrónge Orange
.75 oz / 20 ml Fresh lemon juice
.5 oz / 15 ml Apricot liqueur
.5 oz / 15 ml Earl Grey tea syrup*
+ 3 Drops orange flower water
+ 2 Sugar snap peas, one for garnish
+ 2 Sprigs mint, one for garnish
+ Pumpkin oil and smoked salt rim

*Earl Grey tea syrup:
Combine simple syrup with hot water and 5 tea bags.

In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle 1 sugar snap pea and 1 mint sprig with Earl Grey tea syrup.* Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker, along with 1 cracked sugar snap pea and 1 sprig of mint. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Use a fine strainer to strain into glass rimmed with pumpkin oil and smoked salt. Garnish with mint sprig and sugar snap pea.

Pacific Rim Margarita, Coconut & Jalapeno
Created by Max Greco of Sydney, Australia

Razorfish – Patron

1.5 oz / 50 ml Patrón Silver
.5 oz / 15 ml Patrón Citrónge Orange
.25 oz / 7.5 ml Spicy coconut syrup* (Monin or similar)
.75 oz / 25 ml Yuzu juice
.25 oz Fresh lime juice
+ Pinch smoked salt (optional)
+ Lemon wheel for garnish
+ Dehydrated lime salt rim**

*Spicy coconut syrup:
Infuse coconut syrup with a few slices of jalapeño until a pleasant spiciness emerges. Strain out solids using a mesh strainer. Store in refrigerator.

**Dehydrated lime salt rim:
Using a zester or fine grater, remove 1 tablespoon of zest from a lime. Allow to dry thoroughly on a paper towel. Add dried lime zest to 2 tablespoons salt and pulverize until combined.

If Yuzu juice is not available, substitute 2 parts lemon juice: 1 part white grapefruit juice.Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a salt-rimmed coupe. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

We hope these Patron Margaritas will help you enjoy the day even more than usual. Do you have one or two favorite Patron Margaritas you’d love to try?

A Roster of Sauza Margarita Recipes for National Margarita Day

Get your cocktail taste buds ready, it’s almost time to celebrate this sacred (and delicious) tequila, triple sec, and lime drink – Margaritas!! What better way to pre-game this celebration than with a full roster of Sauza margarita recipes for National Margarita Day. Today we’re highlighting four unique Sauza margarita recipes to help you honor the day properly. We have just the Sauza Tequila recipe for you whether you prefer the classic margarita, something a little more modern, or downright exotic. These Sauza margarita recipes will sure to please. Ready to get your drink on? Try these four margarita cocktails on for size.

Sauza Tequila Sunrise (Serves 8)


2 cups Sauza Signature Blue Silver
1 cup lime juice
1 cup orange juice
3 cups cranberry juice
8 orange wedges
Add ingredients to a pitcher and stir. Pour over ice into glasses. Garnish each with an orange wedge.

Perfect Pear Margarita (Serves 8)


2 cups Sauza Signature Blue Silver
1 cup simple syrup
1/2 cup lime
1/2 cup lemon
4 peeled pears
8 rosemary sprigs
Add ingredients to an ice-filled pitcher and stir. Pour into margarita glasses and garnish each with a pear slice and rosemary sprig.

Sauza Classic Margarita (Serves 8)


1 ½ cups Sauza Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 cup lime juice
½ cup DeKuyper Triple Sec Liqueur
½ cup simple syrup
Salt for rimming
Lime wheels
Add ingredients to pitcher and stir. Pour over ice into salt-rimmed margarita glasses. Garnish each with a lime wheel on the rim and serve.

The Late Night Lychee Margarita (Serves 8)


1 1/2 cups Sauza Signature Blue Silver
1/2 cup lychee-infused simple syrup
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
15-20 sprigs of cilantro
8 jalapeño slices
Lychee garnish
Add ingredients to an ice-filled pitcher and stir. Pour over ice into salt-rimmed margarita glasses. Garnish with lychee and cilantro.

What are your thoughts on these Sauza margarita recipes? Which would you like to indulge in first? If you have a favorite margarita recipe of your own, we invite you to share it with us. Happy National Margarita Day!