UK’s Giulia Cuccurullo Triumphs As Global Winner of Patrón Perfectionists Competition
As the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition continues to grow and attract talents from all over the world, this year’s edition has seen 21 extra-ordinary bartenders competing in the Global Finals at Hacienda Patrón, Mexico, for Giulia Cuccurullo of Artesian Bar in London, UK to emerge as global winner with her cocktail, The Bridge.
Throughout 2019 Patrón Tequila spearheaded its milestone fifth year in its quest for perfection, expanding across five continents, reaching more than 30 countries and hundreds of cruise liners around the globe. The task? To create a simply perfect Patrón cocktail that embodies the traits of a true Perfectionists: care and dedication, attention to detail, creativity and flair and an ability to showcase their mixology skills through a rich and compelling story.
After winning the UK finals of the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition in London, Giulia travelled to Hacienda Patrón in Jalisco, Mexico, to compete in the Global qualifying heats on 22nd January 2020. Giulia’s innovative The Bridge cocktail secured her a place as one of the top seven in the Grand Final the following day, where she was joined by fellow finalists Tobias Linder of Jigger & Spoon, Germany, Switzerland and Austria; Jared Schmidt of Orchard Room, Canada; Jason Hussien Ali of Grand Hyatt Manila; Singapore/Philippines/Indonesia; Sarah Turbett of Oak Standby, USA, New Orleans; Willy Park of Alice Cheongdam, Japan & South Korea and Anneliese Grazioli of Hot Tamale, Australia & New Zealand.
Speaking on her triumph, Giulia said: “This entire competition has been a journey I will never forget. I am in awe of all my fellow contestants and the incredible skills that they have showcased throughout the whole competition. I feel honoured to be chosen as the Global Winner with a cocktail that brings together my home away from home, the UK, my origin, Italy, and Mexico, the birthplace of Patrón. My cocktail, the Bridge, represents personal stories and bonds and I cannot wait to continue building connections with the help of Patrón Tequila.”
Giulia’s winning cocktail, The Bridge, is a combination of Patrón Silver tequila, Rhubarb Cordial, fortified wine blend, tomato water and a dash of salt solution.
Matthew Sykes, Senior Director, Global Marketing at Patrón Spirits, Bacardi Global Brands added: “Every year the bar has been lifted, with some incredible creations and stories that have blown away the judges all around the world – this year is no exception. I am consistently impressed by the innovative ways every contestant manages to truly encapsulate the core values of a Perfectionist, all while creating some simply perfect cocktails. The community that we have built across the past five years is the greatest testament to this program. We are exceptionally pleased to crown Giulia Cuccurullo as this year’s Global Winner and she will have made their family, friends and colleagues back in their home country undoubtedly proud. 2020 and beyond will certainly be a journey for Giulia and I cannot wait to see what she will accomplish while continuing the Perfectionists path in the UK and around the world.”
The Bridge, by Giulia Cuccurullo, Artesian Bar
50ml Patrón Silver tequila 50ml Rhubarb Cordial 30ml Fortified Wine Blend (Martini Ambrato and Cocchi Americano) 30ml Tomato Water 1 Dash of Salt Solution
Add all ingredients in a shaker and throw Serve on clear ice in a highball glass Garnish with tomato and rhubarb leather