A sunny Sydney evening in spring, a floating barge smack bang in the middle of the harbour facing the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, a hundred odd fans of delicious agave, what could be more fitting than an evening on The Island to celebrate one of the world\u2019s best houses of tequila? Okay, so maybe Tequila is Mexican and the picture I\u2019ve just painted is very Australian, but there\u2019s no denying our fair country\u2019s love of the formidable Mexican spirit.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPatron is a revered brand, from tacky rap lyrics to the fact that its name literally translates to \u2018boss\u2019, it\u2019s made its mark as one of the greats, a go-to for flashy shots on a night out and a staple in every self-respecting bartender\u2019s list of must-have ingredients to stock on a back bar. On Tuesday evening we celebrated the first Patron Perfectionist competition, a challenge that pits the best bartenders from all around Australia head to head to find out who will represent us in the global finals, to be held at Hacienda Patron in tequila\u2019s home, Jalisco, Mexico.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nGreeted with cocktails, the finalists are announced and we stake our claim on a spot at the bar giving us full view of the happenings, and happening they were. There was a time when a bartender entering a cocktail comp would be given full marks for turning up with some vintage coupettes and a swizzle stick. Those days are well and truly behind us (we quickly learn) as the first competitor pours tiny measures from what feels like about 600 different bottles into his vintage shaker, then proceeds to pour out six perfect serves of his potion, before encouraging the judges to make their own \u2018mezcal smoke\u2019 by adding mezcal to what I can only assume is liquid nitrogen, before pouring it over the top of the drink and sealing the glass with a dehydrated tomatillo. Oh, and he brought his own sombreros for the panel to wear. These guys meant business.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAs the night progressed into a very fun brand of tequila-fuelled controlled chaos, the competitors continued to roll out what can only be described as cocktails that were made to be remembered - a treat for the onlookers and a headache for the judges who had to pick a winner from the pack.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHard as their job may have been, they settled on a plucky young chap from Eau De Vie Melbourne (a must-visit bar for anybody in the area in search of a seriously quality beverage). The dapper Nick Cozens took out the top spot with his blend of Patr\u00f3n Silver, vanilla washed Lillet Blanc, fresh lime juice, black pepper and coriander shrub, fresh pineapple juice and in case that wasn\u2019t enough, some salted agave air spooned over the top.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIf the sound of those ingredients isn\u2019t enough to excite your theoretical taste-buds, then add the fact it\u2019s all served in a conch shell sitting on a bed of pineapple and black pepper sand and you\u2019ve got yourself a winning drink (literally). Nick now gets a trip to Mexico, as well as some other goodies, but all finalists walked away with a limited edition bottle of the good stuff and the knowledge that they made it this far, a true feat in a time when having your own crystal glassware isn\u2019t enough to make a state final.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe end of the evening was a blurred memory for most, but it\u2019s safe to say that with this much involvement in the Australian market, Patron tequila is still proving to be one of the best around. It\u2019s a delicious drop and one of the better ways to force yourself onto the dancefloor no matter what the occasion. Nick is literally off to Mexico, but it\u2019s not hard to travel there yourself in a single sip of this tasty tequila, and for a fraction of the price.\r\nCheck it out\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.