Giulia Cuccurullo from Artesian Bar in London has been named the winner of Patrón Tequila’s Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition.
The competition, which is now in its fifth year, challenged bartenders across the globe to create a “simply perfect” Patrón cocktail that embodies the traits of a true perfectionist: care and dedication, attention to detail, creativity and flair and an ability to showcase mixology skills through a rich and compelling story.
After winning their respective national finals, 21 bartenders made it through to the Global Finals at Hacienda Patrón, Mexico, before being whittled down to the top seven.
Giulia impressed with her cocktail, The Bridge, a combination of Patrón Silver tequila, rhubarb cordial, fortified wine blend, tomato water and a dash of salt solution, which ultimately secured her win.
Giulia said: “This entire competition has been a journey I will never forget. I feel honoured to be chosen as the Global Winner with a cocktail that brings together my home away from home, the UK, my origin, Italy, and Mexico, the birthplace of Patrón.
“My cocktail, The Bridge, represents personal stories and bonds and I cannot wait to continue building connections with the help of Patrón Tequila.”
Matthew Sykes, senior director, global marketing at Patrón Spirits, Bacardi Global Brands, added: “Every year the bar has been lifted, with some incredible creations and stories that have blown away the judges all around the world – this year is no exception.
“We are exceptionally pleased to crown Giulia Cuccurullo as this year’s Global Winner and she will have made their family, friends and colleagues back in their home country undoubtedly proud.
“2020 and beyond will certainly be a journey for Giulia and I cannot wait to see what she will accomplish while continuing the Perfectionists path in the UK and around the world.”
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.