David Van Zyl

David Van Zyl

South Africa

In the lead up to the global finals 2019 which culminate at the home of Patrón on 23 January 2020, Jason explores four themes which have contributed to his Path to Perfection, including the inspiration behind his winning cocktail's Perfect Pitch and the Perfect Serve.

Jason touches upon the story behind his winning cocktail, and in particular, finding inspiration from his grandfather's carpentry workshop and how he was inspired to create a special serving vessel. Jason considers the design behind his cocktail and takes the crew out on a foraging trip to find wild ingredients. Watch the video above to learn more.

Winning cocktail: Dove Tail
Patrón Anejo
Angostura Orange Bitters
Honey
Dovyalis Caffra Juice
Cedar Cone Syrup
Lemon pelargomium spray

Method: Muddle, stir and strain.

Inspiration: The drink was inspired by my love for botany and an interest for the mysterious folklore and stories surrounding certain legendary plants that possess healing powers in the harsh and arid South African landscape. Raised by a master carpenter and mason, I was taught to respect the material that I will be using to create mesmerising art pieces once I posses a trained and skilled hand. The artisanal side of carpentry met with the theatrical essence of bartending. And this is the beauty I see in a majestic product like Patrón. I believe if you give respect and admiration, you will receive the privilege to create amazement and may the force be with me.

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