Gruitch and Jasinski also challenged the staffs of all their eateries to come up with creative tequila cocktail recipes, offering the prize of a free trip to Mexico for the winning recipe's creator.
Bartenders weren't the only cocktail competitors; the contest was opened to everyone, so waiters, chefs and runners also contributed their own concoctions. Bar managers from the five restaurants narrowed down the entries to two or three cocktails each and then conducted a tasting to determine which drink would go on the menus of the restaurants. Five winners were chosen, and they'll be available to customers beginning Monday, June 4. Purchase four and the fifth will be free, and tag the one you like best on Instagram to help choose an overall champ.
Team members took various approaches to their tequila creations. Some stuck close to Mexican classics with variations on margaritas and palomas, while others used their restaurant's cuisine as inspiration. At Stoic & Genuine, for example, the chosen entry is a variation of the classic Aviation cocktail, made with violet granita to mirror the granitas served with the restaurant's oysters. At Bistro Vendôme, two of the favorites were booze-forward and French in spirit; one was a Sazerac variant, but the finalist leans more Mexican, with chile pequin, Aztec chocolate and anchos combining in an Old Fashioned-style drink.
Five cocktails in two months is a pretty manageable goal, so you can also look for other Patrón cocktails at each restaurant. While only five employees were selected for the final round, other favorites during the tastings will be offered as specials this summer.