Sixteen bartenders created some truly great cocktails to reach the finale in the Tequila Herradura Road to the Hacienda Challenge. But the creativity of the finalists continued to flourish once they reached the last true tequila-producing hacienda. The first challenge, a test of their speed and efficiency, tasked them with making three classic cocktails while aboard the Tequila Herradura Express Train.
The level of difficulty only increased after they got off the train. In the Natural Fermentation Challenge, the bartenders had to create brand-new original cocktails that drew inspiration from the fruit varieties on the grounds of Casa Herradura. The incredible recipes they produced proved the finalists were chosen wisely. Check out the innovative and inspired tequila cocktails they created in Mexico.
Cody Fredrickson of Las Vegas created the Recollection, made with chamomile-infused Tequila Herradura Reposado, Cynar, smoked banana syrup, tamarind drinking vinegar and lemon-lime sour mix.
Nic Lazzareschi of Denver created El Medico de Jalisco, made with Tequila Herradura Silver, Tequila Herradura Reposado, almond milk washed with citric acid, mango-jalapeño simple syrup and vanilla simple syrup.
Robert Mercier of Miami created La Buena Fortuna, made with Tequila Herradura Añejo, lime juice, coconut water and banana-guava syrup.
Leo Holtzman of Miami created the Tequila Travel, made with Tequila Herradura Reposado, Cointreau, muddled strawberry, vanilla-tamarind syrup and tangerine-lime juice.
Egor Polonskiy of Chicago created the Mariposa Suerta, made with Tequila Herradura Añejo, Yellow Chartreuse, tangerine sour mix, pineapple elixir, and bergamot and fennel extract.
Jarmel Doss of Chicago created the Siesta, made with pepper-infused Tequila Herradura Reposado, brandy, coconut-guamuchil cream, kiwi syrup, fresh lime juice and egg white.
Jacopo Rosito of San Francisco created the Cantiñero, made with Tequila Herradura Silver, basil leaves, fresh lime juice, watermelon juice, mango and elderflower liqueur foam.
Jorge Vargas-Baquedano of San Francisco created the For the Good Memories, made with Tequila Herradura Añejo, ginger liqueur, fresh lime, agave nectar, papaya juice, mole bitters and sal de gusano.
Colin Coleman of Los Angeles created the Home Is Where the Hacienda Is, made with Tequila Herradura Reposado, fresh lime juice, grapefruit juice, cinnamon ginger agave and papaya purée.
Alex Gabriel Mendoza of New York created the Marieta, made with Tequila Herradura Silver, raspberry purée, fresh lime juice, Fernet Branca Menta and agave nectar with black peppercorn.
BC Hoffman of Los Angeles created the Anthropologist, made with Tequila Herradura Reposado, cinnamon spice tajin, fresh lemon juice, guava jam and egg white.
Veronica Correa of New York created the Road Home, made with Tequila Herradura Silver, lemon-lime sour mix, pineapple juice and orange oils.