April 30, 2019 — Patrón Tequila announced the winner of the 2019 Margarita of the Year competition just in time for Cinco de Mayo. This year May 5 falls on Sunday, so there’s time to work on mixology skills and be awesomely creative.
The international competition, now in its fifth year, searches for refreshingly unique twists on the iconic cocktail. The eight finalists and their recipes were revealed on International Margarita Day on February 22. Margarita fans were encouraged to taste the recipes and select their favorite by casting votes through Patrón’s social platforms. More than four million votes were received.
The global finale was held at Hacienda Patrón in Jalisco, Mexico where Jay Kahn’s “Dynasty Margarita” took top honors. Inspired by Hong Kong where he was born and continues to live, the Dynasty Margarita incorporates the traditional Chinese ingredients of lychee and ginger combined with the fresh agave notes of Patrón Silver and Patrón Citrónge Orange to create a citrusy and sweet cocktail. Watch the video of Jay elegantly making his cocktail. The recipe is posted below so Cinco de Mayo this year will be a winner. No time to shop? Cocktail Courier will send you a kit.
The other seven contestants’ truly inspirational entries will get your creative juices flowing:
“Paseo Margarita” with coconut and basil, by Jacyara de Oliveira in Chicago
“Pasifika Margarita” with pineapple and coconut, by Samuel Jimenez in Oakland
“Golden Hour Margarita” with turmeric and pineapple, by Natalie Jacob in New York City
“Flamingo Park Margarita” with grapefruit, by Tyler Kitzman in Miami
“Margarita Caliente” with passion fruit and chipotle, by Adrian Rosales in Guadalajara
“Margarita Amore” with apple and chili pepper, by Cristian Bugiada in Rome
“Dynasty Margarita” with lychee and ginger, by Jay Khan in Hong Kong
“Wild Rose Margarita” with juniper and rose, by Makina Labrecque in Calgary
2019 Margarita of the Year
Dynasty Margarita by Jay Kahn, Hong Kong
1.5 oz Patrón Silver
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.25 oz St-Germain
.75 oz resh lime juice
.25 oz ginger syrup, such as Liber & Co.
3 fresh or canned lychees
Grapefruit salt rim
Lime twist for garnish
Method: Rim a rocks glass with grapefruit salt. Place lychees in a cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients to shaker with ice and shake hard to chill and combine. Double strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime twist.