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Christchurch bartender takes out Patrón Tequila Crafted in Clay competition

Britney Parker, a 26-year-old bartender from Austin Club in Christchurch, has been named the winner of Patrón’s Crafted in Clay competition.

Parker took out the competition with a clay vessel that resembles the fountains found at the Jalisco distillery, where all Patrón Tequila is handmade using the traditional methods in small brick ovens and copper stills.

An expert mixologist, Parker created a cocktail named Copine to accompany her clay creation.

A long drink shaken and strained over ice, Copine heroes Patrón Tequila Anejo and uses a pear and pine shrub Parker made herself from foraged pine needles mixed with lime juice.

As the supreme winner, Parker took home $3,000 and will have 60 replicas of her handcrafted vessel created for use at Austin Club.

“It was awesome to try something new and to be able to use my creativity in an unexpected way,” says Parker.

“As a mixologist, you’re constantly coming up with new flavour combinations and fun ways to showcase these, and a clay vessel will take this to the next level.”

New Zealand Patrón Brand Director, Kane Stanford, led the judging process and was impressed at the high level of craftsmanship displayed.

“Each vessel showed a high level of skill, craft and uniqueness, with a story behind it that recognised the heritage of Patrón Tequila and Mexico,” he says.

“Britney’s vessel stood out that little bit more. Not only was the execution beautiful, but the fact she designed it to resemble the fountains at the Patrón Tequila distillery was a touch we couldn’t ignore.”

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