Vote for your Favorite Patron Margarita of the Year

Our relationship with tequila has always been an apprehensive one but we must admit, we can’t resist a delicious margarita, so when Patron Tequila asked us to try out their candidates for their Patron Margarita of the Year competition, we didn’t hesitate. You may remember our somewhat recent article introducing the cocktail competition, The Patrón Tequila Search for Margarita of the Year and National Margarita Day, well today we’re sharing the delicious drink candidates and how you can vote for your favorite Patron Margarita of the Year…bar crawl style.

Our first stop on the margarita bar crawl was Blockheads, where we indulged in some outstanding Mexican fare, and pre-gamed with a delicious Frozen Margarita (we could drink multiple of these), and a Tequila Daisy. While sipping on those delicious drinks, we got to know more about the Margarita with Patron’s Evolution of the Margarita guidebook, authored in part by Cocktail historian David Wondrich (shown above). Next stop on the bar crawl was Mother of Pearl where we enjoyed sampling all the modern-day margaritas competing for the coveted Patron title of Margarita of the Year.


The seven modern margaritas include the Smoked Macaconda Margarita by Stephen Halpin from Dallas, the Stargarita by Bettina Barnoczki from Miami, the Rosa Picante Margarita by Jordan Corney from San Antonio, The Resting Garden Margarita by Ryan Brown from Tampa, the Winter in Jalisco Margarita by Laura Newman from Brooklyn, The Re-Margarita by Rosie Ruiz from Los Angeles, and the Hacienda Margarita by Andrés Moran from Guadalajara, Mexico. We tried all seven (a very difficult feat as the night went on, and the drinks kept flowing) and we have our favorites which we’ve been voting for.

To vote for your favorite, log onto, and vote for your favorite modern margarita recipe and help select the Patron Margarita of the Year.


The Patrón Tequila Search for Margarita of the Year and National Margarita Day

Did you know, much like fashion, margaritas come in a variety of styles? In addition to the classic recipe, margaritas can also be spicy, smoky, herbal, tropical, etc. In honor of National Margarita Day, we’re going to highlight a few of the delicious, non-traditional margarita styles (as well as a classic), made with Patrón Tequila and created by some of the most gifted bartenders, who are all competing in the Patrón Tequila Search for Margarita of the Year competition (more on that below). Today we highlight three favorites that not only wowed us with their visually pleasing aesthetic but with their creativity in flavor as well.

Rosa Picante Margarita, a Spicy margarita
Created by Jordan Corney, Bohanan’s


2 oz Patrón Silver
.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
.5 oz Ginger Syrup
.5 barspoon Jalapeño Oil or a Fresh Jalapeño Slice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe that has been half-rimmed with rose sea salt, and top with a dash of rose water. Garnish with a rose petal, if available.

Stargarita, a Tropical margarita
Created by Bettina Barnoczki, Faena Hotel


1.5 oz Patrón Silver Infused with Mint Tea*
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Star Fruit Puree or Muddled Star Fruit
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain over fresh ice into a salt-rimmed Collins glass. Garnish with a slice of starfruit and a lime wheel.

* Patrón Silver Infused with Mint Tea:
Steep 4 mint tea bags per 12 oz of Patrón Silver for 30 minutes. Remove teabags.

Hacienda Margarita, the classic margarita
Created by Andrés Moran from Guadalajara, Mexico

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1.5 oz Patrón Silver
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.25 oz Agave Nectar
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain over fresh ice into a double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Have we peaked your thirst level yet? We’re certainly ready for one of these delicious margaritas to toast the day and are counting the minutes until 5 pm. As we stated above, top bartenders from across the U.S. and Mexico (seven to be exact) are competing in the Patrón Tequila Search for Margarita of the Year competition, creating recipes for seven different styles of margaritas (herbal, spicy, smoky, savory, modern, tropical and classic), based on what they think makes the #PerfectMargarita, be it their personal influences, culinary trends, the local flavors from their hometowns, etc. The competition starts today, National Margarita Day, with the winning “Margarita of the Year” recipe being revealed on Cinco de Mayo. The best part is you, our fellow margarita lovers, can log in to, and vote for your favorite recipe starting today, until April 15th.

The seven competing cocktails were created by Stephen Halpin from Dallas (smoky margarita), Bettina Barnoczki from Miami (tropical margarita featured above), Jordan Corney from San Antonio (spicy margarita featured above), Ryan Brown from Tampa (herbal margarita), Laura Newman from Brooklyn (savory margarita), Rosie Ruiz from Los Angeles (modern margarita), and Andrés Moran from Guadalajara, Mexico (classic margarita featured above).

will you raise a glass to this classic cocktail tonight? Will you help Patrón Tequila Search for Margarita of the Year? What’s your favorite margarita style? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Toast to 2016: New Year’s Eve Cocktails

As promised, we’re sharing, even more tantalizing New Year’s Eve cocktails to help you welcome 2016 with a delicious start. We’re highlighting more ways to celebrate the new year with a unique twist on the traditional champagne toast. In part two of our New Year’s Eve cocktails roundup, we’ve sharing delicious libations from Milagro Tequila, and Dry Fly Distilling. If you’re tired of the boring champagne toast at midnight, why not indulge in one or two of these delicious mixed drinks cocktail recipes.

Are you looking an elegant cocktail or something with a bit more edge? Either way, we’ve got the perfect party concoction for you whether you’re out celebrating at a party or at home. Trust us when we say, you should bookmark the recipes for these New Year’s Eve Cocktails to show to the bartender.

20th Century Sparkler

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1 oz. Dry Fly Triticale Whiskey
½ oz. Fresh lemon juice
½ oz. White chocolate syrup
Sparkling wine
Shake first 3 ingredients. Pour into a coupe or flute glass. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a cherry.

Chocolate Manhattan


2 oz. Dry Fly Washington Bourbon
1 oz. Sweet vermouth
3 Dashes chocolate bitters
Stir all and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

The Lady Satin

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1 ½ oz Dry Fly gin
1 ½ oz Crème de Violet
½ oz Simple Syrup
½ oz Lime Juice
Mix all in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Sparkling Rose

The Sparkling Rose

1.5 parts Milagro Silver
0.25 part Simple Syrup
0.5 part Fresh Lemon Juice
0.75 part Watermelon Juice
2 parts Rosé Sparkling Wine
Combine all ingredients, except sparkling wine, in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake, strain and pour into a champagne flute. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Blushing Rose Martini


1.5 parts Milagro Reposado Tequila
0.5 part Lillet Rose
3 Teaspoons Quince Preserves
0.75 part Lime Juice
Garnish: Orange Twist
Starting with preserves, combine ingredients and shake very well, double strain into a martini glass.

The Highlands

The Highlands (JP De Loeara)
2 parts Milagro Añejo Tequila
1 part Oloroso Sherry
0.5 part Drambuie
Garnish: Lemon Peel & Sage Leaf and serve in a Coupe glass

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New Year’s Cocktails to Celebrate 2016

We, along with everyone else, cannot wait to raise a glass to the new year and today we’re sharing a short list of New Year’s cocktails to celebrate 2016 (we will be sharing a few more cocktails as the time gets nearer). We’re looking forward to welcoming the new and wonderful opportunities, adventures, and experiences 2016 has to offer. We’re starting the new opportunity to start over by breaking the rules a bit. Instead of toasting with a straight glass of traditional champagne, we’ll be ringing in 2016 with a non-traditional cocktail from Sauza Tequila, Midori Melon Liqueur, Brotherhood Riesling, and Blanc de Blancs.

Who says you’re only allowed to toast to the new year with a flute of champagne? As humans, we love to show our individuality and let’s face it, some traditions are now outdated and can be changed. So if you’re ready to ring in the new year with a delicious drink, here are some of our favorite New Year’s cocktails to celebrate 2016:

Tequila Sparkler

Sauza's Tequila Sparkler

1 part Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila
½ part lime juice
½ part simple syrup
4 parts champagne (chilled)
Add tequila, lime juice and simple syrup to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into glass. Top with Champagne.


Midori® Mebuki (Created by Chef Morimoto)

Midori® Mebuki

1 part Midori® Melon Liqueur
1 part Junmai Style Sake
1/2 part Fresh Lemon Juice
Splash Simple Syrup
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Midori® Sparkle

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1/2 part Midori® Melon Liqueur
Dry Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Pour Midori® into a champagne glass. Top with dry Champagne or sparkling wine.

The Sage (cocktail image not available)


4 oz. Brotherhood Riesling
8 small fresh sage leaves
½ ounce simple syrup
½ slice of lemon
Rip up sage and muddle with syrup and lemon. Shake Riesling with ice and strain into martini glass. Garnish with an edible flower.

Bellini (cocktail image not available)


2/3 cup white peach puree
1 teaspoon raspberry puree
1 bottle chilled Blanc de Blancs
Place 1 ½ tablespoons peach puree in the bottom of a flute glass and add 2-3 drops of the raspberry puree. Add sparkling wine and serve.

Got some New Year’s cocktails to share? Leave your favorite cocktail recipe in our comments.