Patrón crowns Margarita of the Year winner

22nd May, 2018 by Owen Bellwood

After months of voting, Patrón Tequila has named José Luis León the winner of the 2018 Margarita of the Year competition.

Mexico City’s José Luis León has created the Margarita of the Year

León, head bartender at Limantour in Mexico City, was inspired by the flavours of his home city when he created the Verde Margarita, this year’s winning cocktail.

His creation combined Patrón Silver Tequila with Patrón Citrónge Orange liqueur, elderflower liqueur, fino Sherry, agave syrup and a pinch of salt.

León said: “The Verde Margarita is a flavourful tribute to Mexico created to add a taste of Mexico City to the classic Margarita recipe.

“Green is representative of life and freshness, which I wanted to bring to life through my creation. The elderflower balances out the vegetal notes of celery with light floral tones, complemented by a sugar-salt rim.

“I tried to think out of the box when I created the Verde Margarita, and I am overjoyed that the experimentation has paid off and I have made Mexico proud.”

The search for the Patrón 2018 Margarita of the Year launched earlier this year when seven of the world’s top bartenders created their own twists on the classic Margarita cocktail. Each cocktail was then showcased to the public for them to vote on their favourite drink.

Lee Applbaum, chief marketing officer of Patrón Spirits International, said: “The 2018 search for the Patrón ‘Margarita of the Year’ revealed some incredibly imaginative interpretations of the classic cocktail and it’s exciting to see so much engagement.

“From flavours of lychee and celery, to plum and Sherry, all of the seven Margaritas were great contenders but it is clear to see why José Luis León’s Verde Margarita triumphed. The zesty and refreshing Verde Margarita is the perfect cocktail to enjoy in the summer heat.”

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