Margarita Madness with Sierra Tequila

It was red sombreros, fake ‘staches and a Sierra Fiesta as Margarita Madness took over Le’Cartel in Sydney’s Darlinghurst with bartenders competing in the quest for the best margarita with the most outrageous vessel to win prizes and the coveted golden sombrero.

There was a cactus-wrapped margarita complete with safety gloves, a Tom Selleck tiki mug, a moustached blender, a margarita from the barrel of a gun, and a spectacular flair show with fire by Robbie Stowe just to name a few.

Judges Justine Millsom, Club Suntory Ambassador and Merlin Jerebine from the Corner House judged the competition with Jimmy “Twinkles” Snelgrove (representing himself) winning first prize and being crowned with the golden sombrero. Cal Stoddart from Cafe Pacifico and Sheena Cullan from Goldfish won second and third prizes respectively with Charlotte Evans of Le’Cartel winning Best Newcomer.

Margarita Madness
L-R:Jimmy “Twinkles” Snelgrove, Sheena Cullan, Cal Stoddart, Charlotte Evans

Other participants were Paolo Sossi (Goldfish), Robin Gairhe (Goldfish), Ravi Subedi (Goldfish), Yudhi Kusuma (Goldfish), Davide Bernacchia (Goldfish), Mikey Lowe (The Roosevelt), Amy Warwick Smith (Kings Cross Hotel), Julian Asart (Kings Cross Hotel), Luke Hanzlicek (The Victoria Room) and Bobby Flemmish (Cafe Pacifico).

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.