What Cocktail Won the 2018 Tequila Herradura Legends Competition?

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It took skill and talent to reach the Tequila Herradura Legends finale. But there could only be one winner, which turned out to be Boston’s Naomi Levy. It was an intense and unforgettable competition, with all the finalists creating original recipes that are distinct, innovative and—above all—delicious. Check out the cocktails that got these bartenders to the last true tequila-producing hacienda, starting with the new Tequila Herradura Legend.

Naomi Levy (Boston)


Levy’s winning cocktail

Her standout cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura silver, lime juice, tomato-infused agave nectar, mint leaves, parsley leaves, dill and harissa.

Christian Suzuki-Orellana (San Francisco)


Suzuki-Orellana’s winning cocktail

His delectable cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura blanco, cognac, poblano syrup, fresh lime juice and orange bitters.

Ryan Puckett (Nashville)


Puckett’s winning cocktail

His inventive cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura silver, cactus palm shrub, fresh lime juice and green cardamom agave syrup.

Michael Cadden (Seattle)


Cadden’s winning cocktail

His delectable cocktail was made with shiso agave, fresh lime juice, BBQ pineapple rhubarb shrub, Tequila Herradura silver and habanero tincture.

Eddie Didonato (Winooski, Vt.)


Didonato’s winning cocktail

His original cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura silver, Amaro Montenegro, smoked celery, fresh lime juice and cumin tincture.

Adam George Fournier (Los Angeles)


Fournier’s winning cocktail

His innovative cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura silver, tamarind syrup, fresh lime juice and passion fruit pulp.

Shaun Gordon (Atlanta)


Gordon’s winning cocktail

His delicious cocktail was made with blueberry-infused Tequila Herradura silver, Moxie soft drink reduction, lime, and grapefruit and lavender bitters topped with a sea salt foam.

Kenton Gugliuzza (Roanoke, Va.)


Gugliuzza’s winning cocktail

His winning cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura silver, Thai basil syrup, acidified orange juice, Pierre Ferrand dry curaçao, vanilla extract and Appalachian sea salt.

Nick Hipwell (Las Vegas)


Hipwell’s winning cocktail

His amazing cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura silver, lime juice, pear juice and rosemary honey.

Andrew Larson (Seattle)


Larson’s winning cocktail

His incredible cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura silver, fresh lime juice, cinnamon demerara, freshly juiced pineapple, St. George raspberry liqueur and Scrappy’s Firewater bitters.

Kyle Law (Savannah)


Law’s winning cocktail

His tasty cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura silver, Madeira liqueur, hazelnut liqueur, horchata and lemon juice.

Will Mohring (Indianapolis)


Mohring’s winning cocktail

His mouthwatering cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura silver, fresh lime juice, chai, agave syrup and kosher salt.

Lee Noble (Lancaster, Pa.)


Noble’s winning cocktail

His winning cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura, lime juice, cantaloupe and red pepper juice, honey syrup and saffron tincture.

Aaron Pollack (Chicago)


Pollack’s winning cocktail

His delectable cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura silver, Madeira liqueur, roasted corn cob cordial, cilantro-chayote shrub, lime juice and Thai bitters.

Scott Ruggiero (Boulder, Colo.)


Ruggiero’s winning cocktail

His inspired cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura silver, tomato and watermelon juice, basil agave and shishito saline.

Carlos Ruiz (Morristown, N.J.)


Ruiz’s winning cocktail

His incredible cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura reposado, chicha morada, lime juice, chai syrup and egg white.

Kristine Serrano (New York)


Serrano’s winning cocktail

Her tasty cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura silver, Sotol Por Siempre, lime juice, pineapple gomme syrup and Cynar liqueur.

Evan Sewell (Winter Park, Fla.)


Sewell’s winning cocktail

Her game-changing cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura silver, house-made dragon fruit lime zest simple syrup, lime juice, sherry and mezcal.

TJ Vong (Denver)


Vong’s winning cocktail

His innovative cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura blanco, fresh lime juice, pine syrup, red shiso water, fresh aloe vera, Tasmanian peppercorn and blackberry ginger balsamic shrub.

Tim Weigel (Las Vegas)


Weigel’s winning cocktail

His amazing cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura silver, lime juice, pear juice and rosemary honey.

Chas Williams (Ferndale, Mich.)


Williams’ winning cocktail

His mouthwatering cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura silver, fresh lime juice, fresh grapefruit juice, curaçao, cinnamon simple syrup and melon sorbet.

Will Witherow (Alexandria, Va.)


Witherow’s winning cocktail

His delicious cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura añejo, Tequila Herradura silver, roasted corn, coriander, white pepper, cardamom-infused agave and fresh lime juice.

Ryan Wolfe (Orlando)


Wolfe’s winning cocktail

His innovative cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura reposado, almond and date agave, fresh lime juice and house-made salt air.

Stephen Wood (Lancaster, Pa.)


Wood’s winning cocktail

His great cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura, cacao juice, grenadine, crème de cacao and corazón bitters.

Rachel Wright (Buffalo)


Wright’s winning cocktail

Her standout cocktail was made with Tequila Herradura silver, lime, blood orange juice, caraway-infused agave nectar and horseradish root tincture.

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