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.

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:

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?

World Martini Day with elit Vodka Penthouse at Marmara Park Ave

Whether you like it shaken, stirred, dirty, or dry, there’s no denying the delicious star power of a Martini. We had the pleasure of attending a few fabulous elit Vodka events to celebrate the upcoming World Martini Day aka National Martini Day. Renown mixologists were on hand at the Penthouse at Marmara Park Ave in New York, taken over by elit vodka for the entire month to celebrate martinis, to wow us with some of the most delicious martinis we’ve tasted. We were lucky enough to attend the launch event on June 1st, and the event to celebrate National Best Friend’s Day on June 8th. With one of our besties in tow, we enjoyed a night filled with a wonderful variety of martinis.

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elit vodka is Stoli’s luxury, triple-distilled vodka made from grains harvested from a farm in Tambov, Russia. As a grain vodka, elit vodka produces fewer impurities during the fermentation process. Although grain vodka doesn’t need as much distillation, elit is still distilled four times, resulting in a vodka that is crisp, purer, smoother on the palate, and a delicious base for some very delicious cocktails.

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Are you ready to dive into some of the smoothest and most delicious martinis you’ve ever had? Keep scrolling to indulge in one of four elit vodka martini recipes we enjoyed at the event, including Spring Thyme, Cloud 18, LED Martini, and La Signora.

Spring Thyme Created by Anthony Bohlinger (Maison Premier, Seamstress NYC)

Spring Thyme 1

2 oz. elit Vodka.75 oz Sage Infused Dolin Dry Vermouth*
.75 oz Sage Infused Dolin Dry Vermouth*
2 dashes of celery bitters
*add 40 sage leaves and 6 thyme sprigs in a bottle for 2 hours then strain out.
In a mixing glass add all ingredients and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a small sprig of thyme and sage attached to a mini clothespin. Express oils from a small piece of lemon over cocktail and discard.

Cloud 18

Cloud 18 2
Created by Anthony Bohlinger (Maison Premier, Seamstress NYC)
1.5 elit Vodka
.5 Superior Vermouth (blend of noilly prat and Dolin dry)
.25 creme de violet
2 dashes lavender bitters
4 dashes Germain-Robin Absinthe Blanche
Place all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice. In a martini chiller glass, place three pieces of culinary dry ice into the bowl section of the glass and add 2 oz of warm water, and give it a quick stir. Top with the martini glass and pour in the cocktail from the mixing glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh lavender and express a lemon zest over top.

LED Martini Created by Rael Petit, The Roxy Hotel & Lot 45

LED Martini 1

1.5 oz elit Vodka
.5 oz Banana Liqueur
.75 oz Lemon Juice
.25 oz Simple Syrup
6 dashes of pea flower
3 dashes of hibiscus
The LED Martini was inspired by the burgeoning trend of technology and lifestyle becoming one (see: Claire Danes’ dress at the 2016 Met Gala and elit vodka’s own ballerina shown above). With just a few drops of concentrated floral leaves and the light from an LED bulb, the drink transforms from a clear cocktail to an illuminated and colorful concoction. Shake all ingredients and pour into a martini glass over ice. Add six dashes of pea flower and three dashes of hibiscus and watch the color change. Created in honor of World Martini Day and available all month long at Lot 45 in Bushwick.

La Signora Created by Nola Woodall (Sweetwater Social)

La Signora Branded Garnish 1

2oz elit Vodka
.75 Chareau Aloe liqueur
.25 Lustau Amontillado Sherry
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Serve: Up
Garnish: Lemon peel
La Signora is a lighter style martini with several layers of flavor and a long finish. The aloe liqueur has replaced the vermouth in this cocktail and the Amontillado serves to balance the sweetness in the cocktail while adding another layer to the palate.

Will you be raising an elit glass or two for World Martini Day? What’s your favorite elit vodka martini recipe?

Drink Globally: The 2013 Holiday Buying Show

Cocktails and Couture go together like peaches and cream, so attending the 2013 Bar & Restaurant/Holiday Buying Show during Fashion Week was a no-brainer. Not only did I get to enjoy curated fashion, I was also introduced to curated spirits, wine, etc. The event featured over 400 vendors showcasing both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages including Vodka, Gin, Whiskey, Rum, Tequila, Japanese Sake, premium pre-mixed cocktails, etc.

I discovered several new brand and enjoyed a few old favorites as I moved from table to table sampling each. I also enjoyed some drink-making demos, brushing up on the latest cocktail industry trends, a special section of Asian cocktails – Sake, Shuzo, Japanese Rum, and a host of other international brands.

I will be doing separate posts on some of my favorites from the show, I have already covered one delicious brand – 300 Joules Silky Liqueurs Infused with Ginger and Lemon, so expect a lot more amazing alcohol brands coming your way.