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Patrón Perfectionists names top 30 UK finalists

Bacardi-owned Patrón Tequila has shortlisted 30 UK bartenders for the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition 2021/2022, and is calling on consumers to help select the top 10 finalists.

Patrón Perfectionists finalists 2019-2020 Jalisco, Mexico
The Patrón Perfectionists finalists from 2019/2020 in Jalisco, Mexico

For the first time, the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition is encouraging consumers to take part in the voting process online at Voters are asked to pick their favourite cocktails from the top 30 options until 22 July 2021.

The three bartenders with the highest number of consumer votes will take three of the top-10 spots in the UK’s virtual final, while the remaining seven spots will be chosen by a local judging panel.

The UK panel will comprise two Michelin-starred chef Tom Sellers; Giulia Cuccurullo, winner of the 2020 Patrón Pefectionists Cocktail Competition; Deano Moncrieffe, founder and director of Hacha Bar and agave spirits expert; and Matt Sykes, vice-president, global commercial executive of Patrón and founder of the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition.

Each country will hold its own virtual national final. The winners will be flown to the Hacienda in Jalisco, Mexico, in January 2022 for the global final.

Sykes said: “This is an incredibly exciting year for the Patrón Perfectionists competition and I’m glad that we’ve been able to adapt with this new format.

“Consumers have a great appreciation for cocktail making and this offers them a new way to get involved and show their appreciation and support for great cocktails.

“To give consumers a chance to vote for their local top 30 is another first for us and we can’t wait to see which cocktails and bartenders have resonated at home.”

Bartenders hailing from Bristol, London, Manchester, Edinburgh, and even further afield in the UK have submitted entries for this year’s contest.

The Patrón Perfectionists competition has been running for seven years.

To follow the competition online, visit the Patrón Facebook page and the Patrón Perfectionists website.

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