Drinks distributor Spirit Cartel is launching two 100% agave tequilas from Orendain, Mexico’s largest independent and family-owned tequila producer. The firm will distribute Orendain’s Cantinero Reposado and the new Cantinero Blanco, which was created in collaboration with Spirit Cartel’s own team in London. Both variants are recommended served neat over ice, as well as in …

Olmeca Tequila 'Make it Colossal'

Olmeca Tequila, the premium tequila crafted in the highlands of Jalisco in Mexico, has unveiled a new look and landmark campaign to “revitalise” tequila shot culture around the world. The drive, which comes in its 50th year, is set to support the brand’s strong growth. Entitled ‘Make it Colossal’, the campaign invites millennial tequila drinkers …

1800 Tequila Visionaries Callum Baines

Edinburgh bartender Callum Baines has won 1800 Tequila’s competition seeking cocktails that demonstrate what we will be drinking in 20 years’ time. Callum (pictured), who works at Treacle Bar & Kitchen, impressed judges with his cocktail, Make Tequila Great Again, which combined 1800 Reposado with oak wood smoke, cactus and aloe syrup, lemon juice and …

UWA Tequila

A range of tequilas aged in former Speyside single malt whisky barrels is stepping up distribution in the UK after being taken on by leading spirits company Indie Brands. Launched five months ago by Michael Ballantyne, UWA Tequila is a 100% agave tequila available as a blanco, reposado and añejo. He said: “What started as …

Patron Verde Margarita

The search for Patrón tequila’s Margarita of the Year has been won by a top bar in Mexico after months of public voting. The Verde Margarita is a twist on a Margarita from José Luis Leon, lead bartender of Limantour in Mexico City. It combines Patrón Silver with simple ingredients found in the popular Jugo …

Patron Li Tong winning

A search for perfectionist bartenders has been launched with the return of a global cocktail competition for Patrón tequila. The Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition is back for a fourth year, calling for entries from bartenders from around the world including the UK. Entrants are being challenged to demonstrate Patrón’s respect for craftsmanship, attention to detail …

Margarita of the Year 2018

The team at Patrón Tequila have launched their annual search to find the Margarita of the Year from bartenders around the world. Now in its fourth year, the competition features seven new recipes offering a refreshing twist on the classic cocktail. The bartenders were challenged to design their own interpretations using a variety of fresh …

jose cuervo max venning salt sommelier

Bartender Max Venning has been appointed to the role of “salt sommelier” to travel the world in search of the best salt for a Cuervo Margarita. Max (pictured), who works at Three Sheets in London, has travelled to Anglesey in north Wales, the Isle of Skye in Scotland and Maldon in Essex which are all …

Patron Li Tong winning

A cocktail combining tequila with a shrub made with camomile and yuzu helped Chinese bartender Li Tong win the global final of the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition. Her homemade shrub was combined with Patrón Reposado, yellow Chartreuse, Monin Passion Fruit Syrup, lime and soda water to create Dancing Bees. Tong, who works at Lotus Lounge …

enemigo tequila

A new ultra-premium tequila, designed for sipping in elegant champagne flutes, has been introduced in the UK. Tequila Enemigo – meaning “enemy” – comprises two expressions, 89 Añejo Cristalino and 00 Extra Añejo, which have been aged in customised new American oak barrels. The perfect serve is in long-stemmed champagne flutes, either chilled with a …