Giulia Cuccurullo has been crowned the UK finalist of the 2019 Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition with her cocktail, The Bridge.
Giulia and her fellow finalists, Alex King of Artesian Bar; Josh Joyce of Fare Bar; Harry Cosmo Boardman of HMSS; Kieran Grieves of Cairn Hotel Group; Jack Riley of Present Company; Ryan Snedden of Lucky Liquor; Matthew Cusworth of Hoot The Redeemer, battled it out at the national final, which took place on 23 September at London’s Vintry & Mercer hotel.
The bartenders competed in front of an esteemed panel of judges, made up of industry experts including award-winning spirits writer Alice Lascelles; Ago Perrone, director of mixology at The Connaught Bar; Joanna Botwood, European marketing director for Patrón Spirits International; and Yeray Monforte, Patrón Perfectionists 2018 global winner and head bartender at Dr Stravinsky, Barcelona.
Giulia impressed the judges with her creation The Bridge. She will join 21 finalists hailing from 30 countries and cruise liners across the globe to represent the UK in the Global Final, to be held at Hacienda Patrón, Mexico in January 2020.
Giulia said: “It is such a honour to be selected as the winner of the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition UK final among such talented participants. Sharing the journey with them has been incredible and I have enjoyed every single moment of it.
“The whole experience has been complemented by some great learning about the category and Patrón, about what they do and how they do it differently. I can’t wait to visit Hacienda Patrón and see all of the things that I have been learning about it throughout the competition.
“My aim coming into this competition was to do my best by channelling all of my passion, background story and knowledge into my drink and I feel like the judges have valued this. My cocktail represents a bridge between my past, present and future, all coming harmoniously together in a beautiful Patrón serve.
“The tomato and vermouth are quintessentially Italian ingredients, so they reflect my roots, while the lovely acid touch of the rhubarb represents my current home, London. Finally, the core ingredient, Patrón Silver, shines as a nod to my future perspectives, to my journey to the Hacienda.”
Matthew Sykes, senior director of international marketing at Patrón Spirits International, added: “Every year we are amazed to see the increasing number of participants, but what strikes us the most is the growing passion, dedication and work that goes into the entries.
“This year marks a milestone in the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition with its fifth anniversary, so we couldn’t be more pleased with the showcase of creativity and talent demonstrated at the UK final.
“Congratulations to Giulia and to all the amazing bartenders who competed. Your contribution to the category and to our brand is invaluable and we are delighted to have such passionate advocates among the bartending community.
“Good luck to Giulia for the Global Final at Hacienda Patrón. I have no doubt that she will do the UK proud in Mexico with a stellar performance.”
The Bridge by Giulia Cuccurullo
50ml Patrón Silver tequila
50ml Rhubarb cordial
30ml Fortified wine blend (Martini Ambrato and Cocchi Americano)
30ml Tomato water
1 dash Salt solution
Add all ingredients in a shaker and throw. Serve on clear ice in a highball glass. Garnish with tomato and rhubarb leather.