‘PATRÓN THE SUMMER’ – SWG3 HYPERMARKET, GLASGOW

by Robbie

This weekend, Patrón Tequila hosted me at the latest stop on their ‘Patrón The Summer’ cocktail tour at the SWG3 Hypermarket series in Glasgow – Scotland’s biggest design and street food market. Throughout the summer, Patrón has been travelling the length and breadth of the UK, delivering simply perfect Patrón summer cocktails. Crafted by the most celebrated local bartenders in town, these cocktails include a mix of refreshing summer favourites, twists on classics of locally-inspired serves.

Each hero cocktail is made using Patrón Silver tequila, a 100% Weber Blue Agave tequila that mixes flawlessly into any cocktail, especially those that traditionally call for vodka, gin or white rum.

The ‘Patrón The Summer’ cocktail airstream was looking splendid in both the intermittent sunshine and the pouring rain, with the cocktails looking and tasting fabulous throughout the event. The SWG3 Hypermarket also featured street food vendors, limited editions, prints, artist’s books and unique works by 70 plus contemporary artists including: Claire Barclay, Christine Borland, IIana Halperin, Jim Lambie and many more.

The ‘Patrón The Summer’ cocktail airstream was serving three hero summer serves alongside a specially created serve for Glasgow, based on local trends and insight.

Mixologist, Ryan Mowat, Head Bartender at Kelvingrove Café served up his own creation, ‘Gift from The Earth’, beautifully garnished with two edible flowers and I can tell you that as well as looking amazing it also tasted epic. With the salsa music in full flow all that was required was a beach, sunshine, swim shorts and the scene would have been absolute bliss. This refreshing cocktail was served alongside Tommy’s Patrón Margarita, a Patrón Jalisco Mule and the refreshingly fruity Patrón Paloma, made with grapefruit soda.

Talking of his creation, Ryan Mowat, Head Bartender at Kelvingrove Café, shared his inspiration for the cocktail; “This cocktail pays homage to one of Patrón’s core values surrounding social responsibility. For a long time I have been a keen advocate of these values in my bar, so I always make sure I utilise every element of the ingredients used. By being smart and innovative we can make some fantastic drinks, I want to be at the forefront of the sustainability scene in Glasgow and encourage other bars in the city to follow suit.”

The ‘Patrón The Summer’ cocktail airstream features an interactive mural photo wall, take a picture on your phone and tag using the #PatronTheSummer hashtag and your picture will automatically be printed out on site. I tried and successfully received a full-on mugshot of myself to take home as a souvenir from my day out tasting tequila in a cocktail for the first time. I can say for certain that Patrón have opened my eyes to a whole new use for tequila rather than the usual straight shot variety.

If you missed Ryan at the ‘Patrón The Summer’ cocktail airstream, his “Gift From The Earth” cocktail will be available as a special at Kelvingrove Café in Finnieston for 1 week only. you fancy trying to make this beautiful tipple for a house party, BBQ or just because it sounds amazing then have a look below for the recipe.

If you are feeling left out and want to taste some great cocktails at the ‘Patrón The Summer’ cocktail airstream then the next stops on the tour are:

  • Foodies Festival, Edinburgh 4th-6th August
  • Luna Cinema, Manchester 25th-26th August
  • Electric Fields, Thornhill, Scotland 1st-2nd September

COCKTAIL RECIPE:

Ryan’s “Gift From The Earth” INGREDIENTS:

45ml Patrón Silver tequila

30ml Pineapple Tepache

15ml Citric Oleo

10ml Basil-infused Dolin Dry Vermouth

1 spray of peated Scotch whisky

METHOD:

Add all the ingredients to a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a glass with fresh ice, garnish with 2 edible flowers.

*Many thanks to Patrón Tequila for the invite and for a great afternoon out.

 

 

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