The Australian winner of the Patrón Perfectionist Cocktail Competition has been revealed, with Cantina OK!’s Harrison Kenney taking out the title, with his cocktail Teal.
Harrison will now join the other national winners from 22 countries in the Global Final taking place at Hacienda Patrón in Mexico in January 2022 – if travel restrictions allow it.
Harrison Kenney and his fellow finalists Sion Roberts (Dead Ringer), Pauric Kennedy (Barangaroo House), Corina Retter (Capitano), Grace Rawlins (Memphis Slim’s), Pravin Phuyal (Hot Tamale), Niccolo Maffezzoni (The Trader Bar), Aiden Rodriquez (Eau de Vie), Rebecca Bayley (Cielo Rooftop), Daniella Darakis (The Gresham) all competed virtually in front of an panel of judges made up of top industry experts including Kurtis Bosley, Kylie Javier Ashton and Sam Bygrave.
After being crowned the winner, Harrison said: “It’s a privilege to win this prestigious award for a cocktail that I have created, and now to represent Australia, a country that has one of the greatest bar scenes in the world at the Global Final, is a dream come true.
“Teal is a celebration of the green top notes of Patrón Silver, reminiscent of fresh cut grass, lime zest and eucalyptus. It’s a combination of unexpected ingredients used in a way that is inspired and experience forward. All green ingredients and 100 per cent Blue Agave makes Teal.”
Bacardi-Martini Australia Brand Ambassador and 2018 Patrón Perfectionists finalist, Joseph Chisholm added: “This year had many curve balls and speedbumps throughout this competition, and had a slightly different feel, with competitors asked to use household ingredients.
“However, we (the competitors) stayed true to our values and managed to pull off a very successful competition. To all 138 entrants I want to say a massive thank you for being a part of this competition and I hope I see many of you competing again next year.”
Australians can try Teal at Cantina OK! in Sydney when COVID restriction allow, or you can order the Patrón Perfectionists Masterclass Bundle at Hairy Dog to enjoy instantly at home and join a special live cocktail masterclass on Friday, 15 October via Facebook Live.