The Road to the Hacienda Challenge, a national cocktail competition conducted by Liquor.com and the United States Bartendersâ€™ Guild (USBG), features bartenders across the country showcasing their creativity and expertise through uniquely-crafted tequila cocktails. In addition to creating their own version of the original Horseshoe Margarita, participating bartenders were tasked with creating and presenting a twist on a classic cocktail made with Tequila Herradura. Nine regional bartenders competed in the 2017 Road to the Hacienda Challenge, sponsored by Tequila Herradura, where Robert Mercier and Leo Holtzmanâ€™s original tequila cocktail recipes were named the best in Miami.
Mercier and Holtzman will move on to the next round of the competition, where they will compete with winning bartenders from the seven other participating markets. As finalists, Mercier and Holtzman will be given an all-expense paid trip to historic Casa Herradura, the last true tequila-producing hacienda on the planet, where they will compete in the national finale. Using the finest ingredients, including local fruit variants sourced directly from the grounds of the Casa, finalists will have the opportunity to create a truly original Tequila Herradura-inspired cocktail for the chance to win it all.
The Gardenerâ€™s Margarita – Crafted by Leo Holtzman
1.5 oz. Tequila Herradura Reposado
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
0.75 oz. Simple Syrup
0.5 oz. Cointreau
3 slices Red Bell Pepper
1 slice Cucumber
1 slice Serrano Pepper
Muddle bell pepper and cucumber in a shaker. Add Serrano pepper and give two presses to release capsaicin. Add liquid ingredients, fill shaker with ice, and shake vigorously for six seconds. Strain into a salted sugar rimmed rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with a red bell pepper slice.
Add ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass with fresh ice and garnish with a sun-shaped lime.