(New York, NY) – August 2010 – At this year’s Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, Milagro Tequila hosted the annual United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) Competition. Fifteen bartenders representing USBG Chapters from across the country competed to create the most inspired margarita with Milagro, an evolved tequila renowned for its superior craftsmanship and innovative design. The Judges Choice Award was given to Patricia Richards of Las Vegas while the People’s Choice Award was given to Abigail Gullo of New York City.
This year’s competition, which took place at the Board of Trade house on Friday, July 23rd, was hosted by Milagro Tequila co-founders Daniel Schneeweiss and Moises Guindi, along with Milagro ambassadors Gaston Martinez and Jaime Salas. The event featured a demonstration of agave harvesting by a Jimador straight from the Milagro distillery in Mexico and a special tasting of a Milagro blend created exclusively for the event by Schneeweiss. The tequila, featuring an artisanal blend of Milagro Silver, Milagro Anejo and Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Reposado, was sampled at the event, while competitors were able to take home their own hand numbered, limited edition bottles.
The judges of this year’s USBG competition included Mike Raven, Managing Editor if In the Mix Magazine, David Nepove, Vice President of the USBG, and Schneeweiss. While they selected the “Fiesta Fatale,” created by Richards, as the best margarita of the evening, guests at the event chose the “Margarita de Lavanda,” created by Gullo, as their top pick:
Created by Patricia Richards, Las Vegas.
1½ ounces Milagro Anejo Tequila
¾ ounces Creole Shrubb Liqueur
¼ ounce Passion Fruit Puree
Splash of Agave Nectar
Splash of Lemon Juice
1 ounce lime juice
3 Basil Leaves
Pinch of Sea Salt
Freshly squeeze & strain lemon juice and then combine it with equal parts of agave nectar to make an agave sour mix. Set aside. In a mixing glass, muddle the basil leaves with the lime juice. Add the remaining ingredients listed, including the agave sour mix. Shake well with ice to chill and strain over fresh ice into a highball glass. Top with 1 ½ ounce espuma, a small basil top and several fresh passion fruit seeds.
Margarita de Lavanda
Created by Abigail Gullo, New York.
1 ½ ounces Milagro Silver Tequila
¾ ounce lime juice
¾ ounce homemade lavender simple syrup
3 sprigs of mint
Slap the mint to awaken it and put a few leaves in the shaker with the rest of the ingredients. Shake well and serve up in a cocktail glass with a floating sprig of mint.
Overall, the event the event showcased the versatility of the world’s most awarded tequila brand through cocktails created by the nation’s top mixologists. Competitors representing their respective USBG chapters included:
Marcelo Nascimento, Austin, TX
Daniel M de Oliveria, Chicago, IL
Michael Martensen, Dallas, TX
Bryan Dayton, Denver, CO
Kyle Reutner, Hawaii
Patricia Richards, Las Vegas, NV
Rhachel Shaw, Los Angeles, CA
Gabriel Orta, Miami, FL
Mathias Simonis, Milwaukee, WI
Eric Molina, New Orleans, LA
Abigail Gullo, New York, NY
Phoebe Esmon, Philadelphia, PA
Cassandra La Pietra, Phoenix, AZ
Alex Smith, San Francisco, CA
M. Matt Obermark, Jr., St. Louis, MO
The USBG Milagro Tequila Margarita Competition was sponsored by Milagro Tequila, Acqua Panna, Uber Bar Tools, In The Mix Magazine and Perrier.