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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About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.