Last fall, we called on the world’s best bartenders to submit a creative reimagining of a Cointreau classic: The Original Margarita—which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The 10 finalists traveled to Angers, France in mid-April for an immersive Cointreau experience. The jury assessed the finalists to crown the grand prize winner!
The Margarita challenge 2023 results
“If I had to describe my Margarita Challenge experience in three words, I would say that it was fun, knowledgeable, and heartwarming. And for the bartenders who want to join the competition next year, go for it! This is a once in a lifetime challenge you shouldn’t miss. "
Lola Liu, 2023 Margarita Challenge Grand Prize winner.
Also big congratulations to Billy Lai Him Choi from Hong Kong, China for his 2nd place and to Lize Rombaut from Bruges, Belgium for her 3rd place!
Both of them have mastered the competition thanks to their reinterpretation of the Original Margarita, with La Sorpresa for Billy and Dewy's Lagarita for Lize.
“The 2023 Cointreau Margarita Challenge showed us how exciting and creative modern bartending can be, while still celebrating its history and roots. The engaging personalities, captivating stories, and outstanding drinks showed us what it means to be a bartender. It made me proud to be part of this industry and the contestants should be proud of what they achieved.“
Rory Shepherd, World’s 50 Best Bars awardee, former Creative Director of The Little Red Door & jury member