With fresh fruit and premium tequila on hand, the stage was set for the finale.
Naomi Levy presents the cocktail that eventually made her the 2018 Tequila Herradura Legend.
Yes, it tastes as good as it looks. With stunning cocktails like this one, it’s easy to see why Levy stood out to the judges and took home the grand prize.
All the bartenders went all out for the finale. But Atlanta’s Shaun Gordon took it to another level.
It wouldn’t have been such a memorable finale without some amazingly talented people on the judging panel. Judges Andrew Pollard, Ivy Mix and Adrian Evans each brought their tequila expertise to Mexico.
The bartenders weren’t only judged by their cocktails. Their ability as hospitality professionals was also under scrutiny. Finalist Rachel Wright of New York did an exceptional job engaging the crowd.
Tim Weigel of Las Vegas also put on a captivating performance, while creating some exceptional cocktails.
Will Witherow came from Virginia to compete at the finale. The judges were impressed by his focus and sense of craft.
With so many distinctive and talented bartenders at the last true hacienda, it was difficult to stand out. Michigan’s Chas Williams managed to make a lasting impression.
There were so many beautiful and mouthwatering cocktails created at each stage of the competition. All 25 of the final competitors put their personality and skill on full display, which made awarding only four of the competitors a massive challenge.
Seattle’s Andrew Larson was named as a bartender to watch, thanks to his sharp technique and inspired choices.
It wouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the Nashville cocktail scene, but Ryan Puckett was a major competitor until the end.
The ridiculously talented bartender ended up finishing third.
Christian Suzuki-Orellana showed off his playful style during each stage of the competition.
The San Francisco bartender’s skill and style earned him a second-place finish.
Levy was the ultimate pro at every step. No wonder she won the Tequila Herradura Legends competition.
Of course, her title means so much more because of the delicious cocktails created by all of the talented bartenders.
It was another successful year for the Tequila Herradura Legends competition. Soon enough, bartenders from around the country will be competing for a chance to make it back to the finale.