- 13 May 19
10 finalists will compete for the title in the Cuervo Tradicional 2019 in Opium, Dublin tomorrow.
Jose Cuervo, the world’s leading tequila, have challenged bartenders all over Ireland to mix things up by creating a Cuervo Tradicional margarita with a twist. Having narrowed competitors down to 10, the live final will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 14, in Opium, Dublin from 12pm to 6pm. The event is exclusively for the finalists of the competition.
Finalists will be judged by a panel of experts, including Jose Cuervo Tequila Educator Oli Pergl, 2018 Dublin winner Andrew Ennis, 2018 Belfast winner Jonny Shaw and Hot Press’ very own Edwina Van Kuyk.
Each competitor will be judged on their inventiveness and quality in both recipe and presentation, as well as a high level of technical skill. One lucky winner will receive an unforgettable trip to the home of Jose Cuervo in Tequila, Mexico.
Oli Pergl, the head judge for the competition, has said, “The margarita owes its character to tequila, which is the spirit that captures the heart and soul of Mexico, including its traditions, its magic, and its history.” The Tequila Educator goes on to say, “Tequila infuses the margarita with fun and intensity and gives it an edge over other cocktails and spirits. Being a versatile cocktail, I look forward to seeing some unique recipes unfold during the competition”.
The 2019 finalists are:
Blane McNab - The Jamaica Inn, Co. Down
Cheryl Devine - Tribeton, Co. Galway
Daniel Terceiro - Nolita, Co. Dublin
David Richard Coe - Fitzgerald Room, Co. Waterford
Max McPherson - Bootleggers, Co. Belfast
Pardraig Storey - The Front Door, Co. Galway
Patrick Orr - Fitzwilliam Hotel Bar, Co. Belfast
Petr Navrat - Coppinger Row, Co. Dublin
Seamus Og Birt - Me & Mrs Jones, Co. Derry
Siobhan Darker - Nolita, Co. Dublin