ADVERTORIAL • August 2020
British cocktail lovers haven’t let a bit of lockdown stop them from enjoying DIY mixology at home. And with living room happy hours still alive and kicking, we turn to the drinks masters at Patrón tequila to learn how to whip up delicious homemade cocktails in just a few clicks...
Are you a fan of tequila?
Tequila – once seen as a party shot to gulp straight back with some salt and lime – has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, fast becoming one of the world’s coolest spirits. In the UK, John Lewis and Waitrose have seen an incredible 175 per cent rise in tequila sales since lockdown started on 23 March. Meanwhile, the team at Bacardi has discovered that almost 60 per cent of London residents surveyed believe that a home cocktail hour has become a certified ‘thing’. And the same survey revealed that the tequila-based Margarita was the third most popular drink to make at home. So it’s fair to say that tequila is most definitely having a moment.
DIY cocktails have never been so easy
If it’s overwhelming ingredients lists and complex mixing techniques that have put you off making cocktails in the past, then it’s time to discover the Patrón Pantry – a first-of-its-kind platform entirely dedicated to simple cocktail ingredients and cocktail making, featuring on the UK Amazon Brand Store. It means, once you’ve chosen the drink recipe that most tickles your taste buds, you can buy the basket of ingredients to be delivered straight to your door, ready to enjoy.
Not only this, but the recipes have been specially designed by some of the world’s most talented mixologists from the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition, who have provided step-by-step video guides for you to become your own home bartender…
Created by: Giulia Cuccurullo, Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition Global Winner 2020, London, UK
Get mixing: Add 1tsp sugar and some ice to a tall glass. Add 50ml Patrón Silver Tequila and 50ml cold English breakfast tea and top with some lemonade. Stir and add a few berries to garnish.
Best for: those who like fresh, botanical flavours
Created by: Jared Schmidt, Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition Finalist 2020, Canada
Get mixing: Add 30ml Patrón Reposado, 15ml honey and 45ml grapefruit juice to a wine glass and top with 60ml Prosecco. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.
Best for: those with a sweet tooth
Created by: Allan Suarez, Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition Finalist 2020
Get mixing: Add 50ml Patrón Añejo, 50ml pineapple juice, 70ml coconut water and a pinch of salt to a tall glass over ice. Stir and garnish with a sprig of mint.
Best for: those dreaming of sunnier climes