Patrón's Margarita of the Year

March 15, 2017

As the days get longer and the weather warms up, it’s time for bike rides on the beach, pool parties, and margaritas! That’s right, when Spring and Summer roll around, a perfect Margarita in hand is my drink of choice. There’s just something about the citrus and agave flavors that immediately transport you to a beachside paradise. Yes, the classic Margarita is amazing, but I love trying new twists that incorporate fresh and exciting ingredients. So, when I was asked to partner with Patrón on the Margarita of the year, I was all in! 

To celebrate the most popular cocktail nationwide, Patrón has crafted 7 artisanal recipes by expert mixologists from around the world that exhibit the versatility of the Margarita and its countless variations in flavor profiles. Each one gives you a new take on this classic drink, from tropical fruit to exotic spices. They're also leaving it up to you to vote for your favorite Margarita of the year! I recently tried my hand at creating one of the featured drinks, "Pacific Rim" and absolutely fell in love with it.

Created by Max Greco from Sydney, Australia, this cocktail combines Patrón Silver and Patrón Citrónge with a spicy coconut syrup for a great twist with bright citrusy flavors layered throughout. It’s refreshing and will become your new go-to Margarita. And the best part? It’s easy to make. 

1.5 oz Patrón Silver
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.25 oz Spicy coconut syrup* (Monin or similar)
.75 oz Yuzu juice
.25 oz Fresh lime juice
+ Pinch smoked salt (optional)
+ Lemon wheel for garnish
+ Dehydrated lime salt rim**
  1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill.
  2.  Strain into a salt-rimmed coupe.
  3. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
Spicy coconut syrup:
Infuse coconut syrup with a few slices of jalapeño until a pleasant spiciness emerges. Strain out solids using a mesh strainer. Store in refrigerator.
** Dehydrated lime salt rim:
Using a zester or fine grater, remove 1 tablespoon of zest from a lime. Allow to dry thoroughly on a paper towel. Add dried lime zest to 2 tablespoons salt and pulverize until combined.

If Yuzu juice is unavailable, substitute 2 parts lemon juice : 1 part white grapefruit juice.

After trying it for yourself, make sure you post your drink on Twitter/Instagram and cast your vote by tagging #PacificRimMargarita. You can also vote everyday on the site here until April 9thThe perfect way to enjoy Patrón is responsibly. 

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