A competition is only as good as the people judging it. That’s why the Tequila Herradura Legends recruited three of the brightest minds in tequila—and cocktails, period—to judge the finale in Mexico.
The stakes at the finale were high, with $20,000 worth of prize money up for grabs. After a hard fought finale, Naomi Levy won the competition and took home the grand prize.
These are the judges who made that call and why you can be sure it was the right one.
Who is he to judge? Adrian Evans is the director of beverage for the hospitality group Levain & Co. He’s based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and looks over a series of award-winning hotels, bars and restaurants.
It should come as no surprise that he has extensive experience working with tequila, even if it’s his first year judging the Tequila Herradura Legends competition.
Who is she to judge? Ivy Mix is the co-owner and head bartender at one of the best cocktail bars in Brooklyn. The pan-Latin spot has helped turn Carroll Gardens into a cocktail destination.
Her biggest contribution to the cocktail community might just be Speed Rack, an all-female cocktail competition that raises money to fight breast cancer with events all over the country.
Co-creating Speed Rack gave her plenty of competition experience, but that’s not the end of it. She was also a judge at the finale for last year’s Tequila Herradura Road to the Hacienda Challenge.
Who is he to judge? It may be Andrew Pollard’s first year judging the Tequila Herradura Legends finale, but you could hardly call him inexperienced. The Phoenix native has become a fixture in the highly competitive Las Vegas cocktail scene.
Since becoming a beverage development specialist for Wirtz Beverage, his creations have been added to cocktail menus throughout the city.
His experience coming up with instant-classic cocktails proved especially relevant when judging the finale.