Northern Territory bartender, David Robinson from Hot Tamale was crowned the National Winner of Australia’s Patrón Perfectionists Competition this weekend.
The Australian finals were held in the heart of Melbourne at Whitehart Container Bar and attracted an overwhelming number of guests to cheer and support all the finalists.
The six finalists battled it out in front of an expert panel of judges which consisted of Chief Marketing Officer of Patrón Spirits International, Lee Applbaum, Global Mezcal Ambassador and tequila expert, Phil Bayly and Editor in Chief of GQ Australia, Nick Smith.
Inspired by his hometown of Darwin, David Robinson won over the judges with his cocktail, ‘The Last Frontier’ that had citrus and spice notes and inspired by southeast Asian flavours.
“I am absolutely blown away, it’s an amazing feeling. I can’t wait to get to the Patrón Hacienda firstly to experience the Patrón brand but also to compete and see all other 17 cocktails from the other global finalists!” comments David Robinson on his win.
Lee Applbaum, Chief Marketing Officer, Patrón Spirits International comments on the competition: “We are proud to see the competition return on this scale, bringing new, up-and-coming talent to the bar with fresh ideas on what it takes to be a Patrón Perfectionist. The bartender community is a global community, brought together by a common pursuit of pure excellence in crafting drinks and delivering an experience for their guests. This year, as ever, the bar is raised and we are excited to discover mixologists who experiment with the flavour profiles and versatility of Patrón Tequila and who understand and share our values.”
Keen to try David’s wining cocktail ‘The Last Frontier’ – below are all the details: –
Cocktail Name: The Last Frontier
50ml Patrón Reposado
15ml Patrón Citronge
40ml Smoked pineapple and ginger tepache
15ml Fresh lime juice
Moisten the glass with a lime wedge. Roll the glass in a chipotle salt mix (chipotle, dehydrated orange, coco and salt). Garnish with a thin pineapple slice and pineapple leaves
David will now head to Patrón Hacienda in Mexico for the global semi-finals on 17th January 2018 and if successful will go through the global final on Thursday 18th January 2018.