- Article Author: Mixologist Patricia Richards
It seems that every week there is a cocktail competition go on. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but there are seriously a lot of cocktail/mixology competitions going on around the globe these days, as liquor companies see the value of them, to help promote and grow their brands. I decided to enter this Milagro Tequila competition, as it was a national United States Bartenders Guild Competition, with the potential to be picked to represent Las Vegas in the finals in New Orleans during Tales of the Cocktail (July 20-25).
The rules of the competition state to create a twist on the classic Margarita, but to tie your recipe and idea into the region where you are from, “showcasing the spirit of your city and cocktail culture in your recipe”. Fiesta Fatale which translates as either a dangerous or even fatal party-think partying in Vegas-is actually the name of a show which is projected on our Lake of Dreams here at Wynn. In this Latin-themed show is a beautiful dancer; also, since Milagro is from Jalisco, Mexico, I wanted to reflect this Latin element in my dress, makeup and hair, which is what I did.
Since the world comes to visit us at Wynn, Las Vegas & Encore, my recipe contains ingredients from around the planet, from Clement Creole Shrubb liqueur from Martinique, to passion fruits predominantly from “down under”, the sriracha chili paste from Asia and the Milagro tequila from Mexico; this cocktail is like a mini-United Nations, working together harmoniously, into something unexpectedly delicious! To take it up another notch, I decided to create a spiced nut mix to pair with this Margarita and I have included this recipe below.
Needless to say, I ended up winning this national finals competition, even in the heat and the humidity and all the other challenges that happen when one travels and competes. Not only are competitions fun and exciting, but they are a great publicity tool and a great way to gauge your talents next to your colleagues in the industry.