As margarita lovers prepare to celebrate the cocktail’s biggest holiday of the year, Cinco De Mayo, Patrón Tequila announces that with more than four million votes cast, the Dynasty Margarita created by Jay Khan took home the title of the 2019 “Margarita of the Year.”
Patrón’s search for the “Margarita of the Year” began on International Margarita Day (February 22) when eight bartenders unveiled their unique margarita recipes using Patrón’s line of ultra-premium tequilas and ingredients inspired by their respective regions. Now in its fifth year, the search attracts bartenders from around the world to submit their take on the margarita for a chance to win. Each year, the dedication to creating innovative margaritas showcases the versatility of Patrón Tequila and how this classic cocktail can be enjoyed in unique ways.
“In the five years since we first launched the ‘Margarita of the Year’ search, we have had the pleasure and excitement of uncovering dozens of incredibly gifted and skilled bartenders. Jay Khan is no exception, and he rightfully deserves the title of this year’s winner,” says Lee Applbaum, Patrón’s Global Chief Marketing Officer. ‘Margarita of the Year’ is a true testament to the ongoing and widespread love of the margarita and the ways Patrón Tequila highlights its unique flavors.”
Margarita fans were encouraged to taste the recipes and select their favorite by casting votes through Patrón’s social platforms, MargaritaOfTheYear.com and throughout events in each of the U.S. finalists’ hometowns. The margaritas and participants include:
“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
Inspired by Hong Kong, 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.
1.5 oz Patrón Silver
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.25 oz St-Germain
.75 oz Fresh lime juice
.25 oz Ginger syrup, such as Liber & Co.
3 Fresh or canned lychees
Grapefruit salt rim
Lime twist for garnish
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.
“I am incredibly honored that the Dynasty Margarita was crowned as the global fan favorite for this year’s ‘Margarita of the Year’ search,”says Jay Khan. I was excited to create a margarita that reflects Hong Kong which is why I incorporated lychee and ginger, which are known to this region. I am grateful to have participated in this search and thank Patrón for the opportunity to share my below recipe with millions of margarita fans from around the world.”
“It’s inspiring to see the multitude of ways each of the eight bartenders interpreted their margarita and how they used various Patrón expressions in their unique recipes,” stated David Alan, Manager of Trade Education & Mixology at Patrón Tequila. “Without fail, year after year, the ‘Margarita of the Year’ competition shows there are truly no limits for this classic cocktail. Not only are they using Patrón to push boundaries, but they are doing so with inspiration from characteristics of their hometown.”
To view all eight of the “Margarita of the Year” recipes, bartender interviews, and cocktail demonstrations (all shot on location at the Hacienda Patrón distillery in Jalisco, Mexico earlier this year), please visit MargaritaOfTheYear.com. The site also features the margarita’s often debated history, as well as conversations and stories about the evolution of this famous classic cocktail.