Australia’s Top Ten mixologists announced

August 2, 2021
By Ioni Doherty

The Top 10 Australian finalists have been announced in Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition. Consumers were part of the voting process for the first time very this year and voted for their favourite creation among the Top 30 cocktails published online on Difford’s Guide.

The three bartenders with the highest public votes made it through to the Top 10 , while the remaining seven were chosen by Patrón.

The next round of judging will see an Australian winner announced, who will receive an all expenses paid trip to compete in the global final in Jalisco, Mexico. The cocktail gods willing.

The 2021 Australian Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition Top 10 finalists are:

New South Wales
Harrison KenneyTealCantina OK!
Sion RobertsUnityDead Ringer
Pauric KennedyThe JourneyBarangaroo House
Aiden RodriquezCasa Del JimadoEau de Vie
Corina RetterSilver DaisyCapitano
Rebecca BayleyHomespunCielo Rooftop
Daniella DarakisA Sunny AfternoonThe Gresham
South Australia
Grace RawlinsMemphis SlimsHouse of Blues
Northern Territory
Pravin PhuyalInspiración 1492Hot Tamale
Niccolo MaffezzoniLa CapitanaThe Trader Bar
Finalists, their winning cocktail, their venue

Bartenders were challenged to develop their creations from an ingredients list that was easily accessible for fans to recreate recipes at home, to accommodate changing social restrictions.

The Top 10 bartenders will now move forward to take part in a national final judged by a panel of three Australian industry leaders including: owner of Coretto, Kurtis Bosley, former General Manager of MomoFuku Seiōbo, Kylie Javier Ashton, and founder of Boothby Drinks, Sam Bygrave. 

Ongoing restrictions to social conditions due to Covid-19 will see the Australian final conducted in line with relevant health advice, to be hosted virtually and broadcast globally on 27 September via the Patrón Perfectionists Facebook page.

Lovers of PATRÓN are invited to create any of the Top 10 recipes, available via, and celebrate at home.

Bacardi-Martini Australia Brand Ambassador and 2017 Patrón Perfectionist finalist, Joseph Chisholm said, “Creativity was at an all time high this year, the flavour of the cocktail and the story behind it were big score factors. The 2021 Top 10 entries really highlight the calibre of bartending talent here in”.

Matt Sykes, Global Commercial Execution for Patrón and founder of the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition commented: “We’re thrilled to see such talent, passion and innovation. It’s been a tough year for the hospitality industry and this has been a great way for us to support and pioneer bartenders from across the globe. We’re incredibly excited to see how the finals unfolds and I’m sure it will be a tough competition.”

The winner of each national final will be invited to fly to Mexico in January 2022 for a chance to meet their fellow Perfectionists and compete in the global final at Hacienda Patrón. 

Now in its sixth year, the competition has expanded to thirty countries globally and continues to attract an increasing number of skilled mixologists whose creativity and flair knows no bounds. 

You can follow the competition on Facebook and

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