Yeray Monforte From Spain Triumphs As 2018 Global Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition Winner
After months of fierce competition against thousands of entrants from around the globe, Yeray Monforte of Dr Stravinsky in Barcelona, Spain, has been crowned the 2018 Global Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition winner, with his cocktail Wind.
In 2018 Patrón Tequila went on the search for perfection across six continents and 17 countries. The task? To create a simply perfect Patrón cocktail that reflects and harnesses the passion, precision and care that goes into each expertly crafted bottle of ultra-premium Patrón Tequila.
After winning the Spain finals of the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition, Yeray travelled to Hacienda Patrón in Jalisco, Mexico, to compete in the semi-finals on 23rd January 2019. Yeray’s brilliant cocktail Wind secured him a place as one of the top six in the Grand Final the following day, where he was joined by fellow finalists Óscar Olvera from Mexico, Makina Labrecque from Canada, Peter Hannah from the USA, Chloé Merz from Germany and Mitsuhiro Nakamura from Japan.
Waving the flag for the UK, Nicole Sykes, from Satan’s Whiskers, London, represented the country’s fantastic bartending scene in the semi-finals with her creation The Godfather’s Affinity, a floral and sweet interpretation of Mexico's popular Paloma. Nicole said: “The Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition been a great journey of discovery and learning, enabling me to further develop my craft. Representing the UK and its amazing bar scene has been an incredible honour. During the competition, I met some of the world’s most amazing bartenders and being here at the Hacienda with these new friends and to see the variety of each of the Patrón Tequila serves has been really inspiring. Patrón Tequila has built a great community within the industry, and from the affinity and complicity of this community I drew the inspiration for my cocktail. I congratulate all of my fellow finalists, and above all Yeray for his well-deserved win!”
Commenting on the competition after his triumph, Yeray said: “What an incredible journey - I am so thrilled with this victory and the resonating title in the industry as well as a great reward for the commitment and the passion that led me through the research and creation of my perfect Patrón cocktail. From submitting my entry to competing in front of the judges during the final, the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition has been an unforgettable experience.”
Lee Applbaum, Chief Marketing Officer, Patrón Spirits International said: “Over the past few years we’ve seen the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition grow with bartenders from all over the world entering. The talent that these bartenders have brought to the competition is outstanding, making judging very tough. Every cocktail presented in the competition is a fine interpretation of perfection and truly showcases the versatility of Patrón Tequila.”
Matthew Sykes, Director, International Marketing for Patrón Spirits International, added: “The pursuit of perfection is core to the Patrón brand and is a concept that resonates through the bartending community. The calibre of the cocktails entered into the competition is testament to talent within the global community of Perfectionists. We’re very proud of Yeray for an outstanding win with his cocktail Wind. We’re now looking forward to seeing where he will go next as the 2018 Global Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition winner.”
60ml Patrón Silver tequila 60ml Eternal youth mixture (Mix 25 ml orange honey, 25 ml lemon juice, and 10 ml olive oil) 25ml Egg whites 20ml Fino Wine
1 Spray of Patrón Reposado macerated in bee pollen 3 Pieces of fresh thyme and a strip of beeswax for garnish
1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to chill and combine 2. Double strain into a coupe glass 3. Garnish with thyme and beeswax