Do you ever find yourself at a bar, watching the bartender flip bottles, throw pestles and shake things dramatically while making your cocktail, and wonder, "is this guy legit or is he just trying to channel Tom Cruise in Cocktail for fun"? Wonder no longer.
The team behind Patrón (your fave 'treat yo'self' premium tequila) are hosting a competition on Saturday, October 14 to find Australia's best cocktail mixologists. The whole affair is going down at Whitehart, an industrial, two-storey CBD bar built from repurposed shipping containers — and yes, it will involve plenty of luxe cocktails.
So, what makes an award-winning cocktail master? Is it just the drinks they create? Or the showmanship? The customer service? Or knowing that three olives are always better than two in a dirty martini? Whatever it is, you'll soon find out.
The Patrón Perfectionists Australian Finals is a seriously exclusive event that will gather the most promising bartending talent from around the country and let them demonstrate their very best skills for a panel of industry experts. Successful drinks will be visually appealing, delicious and, of course, created with Patrón as the hero ingredient. Also, points will be awarded for the mixologists' performances and audience engagement, so you can almost guarantee some Tom Cruise-esque flair to go down. The winner of the final will then go on to represent Australia at the Global Patrón Perfectionists final at the Hacienda Patrón distillery in Jalisco, Mexico.
If you think the event sounds like the tequila heaven you've always dreamed of, then you'll be stoked to know that we have 25 exclusive double passes to give away — it'll just be you winners and the creme de la creme of Australia's cocktail scene. Even better, entry to the event includes free cocktails (you know they'll be good) and free canapés all night long. Prepare to learn more about cocktail mixing than you ever thought you would.