Patrón Tequila are in search of the third annual ‘Margarita of the Year’ winning recipe, to be announced on 17th April.
Earlier this year, the seven finalists gathered at the Hacienda Patrón distillery in Jalisco, Mexico, to create their own interpretations of a perfect margarita, drawing from local ingredients and cultural inspiration. The seven margarita recipes originate from cities across the globe from New York to Sydney and London to Mexico City, showcasing the versatility of Patrón Tequila.
The top seven margarita makers have since been reduced to three, one of whom is Yorkshire born Sophie Bratt, who currently works at London’s iconic OXO Tower Restaurant after several years work at Harvey Nichols Leeds’ Fourth Floor Cafe.
Sophie is a local Leeds girl, representing not only her home town but also the UK and Europe. Her entry is the beautiful English Garden Margarita combining green peas and Earl Grey with the all important ingredients, Patrón Tequila. It’s a brilliantly British twist on a classic margarita, using her favourite ingredients to create a sense of summer in just one sip. Because who doesn’t love tea and peas? Oh so British. Her exquisite cocktail is available to enjoy at any Harvey Nichols bar in the UK.
“My margarita represents my favorite thing to do: find a garden in the middle of London to sit, read and relax in.”
Lee Applbaum, Patrón’s Global Chief Marketing Officer says: “For years the margarita has been the most popular cocktail in the U.S., and for good reason given the tremendous creativity we’ve seen, particularly in the last several years as culinary and mixology trends have intersected. What’s really quite exciting to see is how much the margarita’s reputation has grown globally as local flavours and styles have been integrated into this iconic cocktail.”
Each bartender selected to participate in this year’s ‘Margarita of the Year’ search created their own unique, flavourful cocktail, reflecting their personal influences on what makes the perfect margarita.
The ‘Margarita of the Year’ will be crowned on April 17, ahead of Cinco de Mayo, and the winning bartender will receive the coveted ‘Margarita of the Year’ trophy to exhibit in their bar.
Show your support by voting for the English Garden Margarita here: patrontequila.com
If you’d like to try out Sophie’s margarita masterpiece, please find the recipe below…
Tweet and Instagram your pics using the hashtag: #EnglishGardenMargarita – this will count as a vote too!
THE ENGLISH GARDEN MARGARITA RECIPE
1.5 oz Patrón Silver
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.75 oz Fresh lemon juice
.5 oz Apricot liqueur
.5 oz Earl Grey tea syrup*
3 Drops orange flower water
2 Sugar snap peas, one for garnish
2 Sprigs mint, one for garnish
+ Pumpkin oil and smoked salt rim
1. Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker, along with 1 cracked sugar snap pea and 1 sprig of mint.
2. Fill cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
3. Use a fine strainer to strain into glass rimmed with pumpkin oil and smoked salt.
4. Garnish with mint sprig and sugar snap pea.