Apr
19
2015

Tequila and Taco Festival (Knoxville)

Tequila and Taco Festival, set for April 25, benefits RAM  Knoxville News Sentinel

The inaugural Southern Tequila and Taco Festival will take place Saturday, April 25 at The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek, 11299 Parkside Drive. The event, a festive fundraiser for Remote Area Medical, will feature more than 50 different upscale tequilas available for tasting, as well as hand-crafted margaritas, cocktails and beer. Food will also be on the menu, with food vendors including Abuelo’s, Don Gallo, Chuy’s, Meksiko Cantina and Azul Tequila Mexican Grill…

Apr
19
2015

Buen Vivir Cocktail at Victor Tangos

The Buen Vivir Cocktail at Victor Tangos Is Boozy, Balanced and Beautiful

Dallas Observer (blog)   …At Victor Tangos, the Buen Viver perfectly toes the line between booziness and nuanced flavor. Often, the booze used in spirit-forward cocktails is so prominent that delicate flavors are completely overwhelmed. With the Buen Vivir, though, it seems almost as if the components are holding hands singing “We Are The World” or something. The marriage of flavors is so perfect that you want to punch it, sort of like the overly-cute newlyweds on your Facebook feed…

Apr
17
2015

Hotel Congress’ Agave Fest (Tucson)

Hotel Congress’ Agave Fest Shifts Gears   Tucson Local Media

Who knew the seventh year of Hotel Congress’ Agave Fest would be the year to turn what was known as just a tequila lovers paradise into an event …

…tequilas by rock star Roger Clyne and movie star George Clooney, and the opportunity to taste mezcal unattainable in the United States are just some of the tantalizing elements from the event for all things agave at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 at The Hotel Congress…

Apr
17
2015

Besito Mexican Restaurant in Burlington

FROM THE BAR   Boston Globe (subscription)

A quality tequila bar is hard to come by in the greater Boston area, but a quick drive is about to change that. Besito Mexican Restaurant in Burlington (with a second location in Chestnut Hill), offers an impressive list of more than 80 different agave spirits and an extensive menu of refreshing margaritas made with traditional ingredients such as tamarind, watermelon, and mango…

Apr
17
2015

The 10 Best Margaritas in Dallas

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The 10 Best Margaritas in Dallas  Dallas Observer (blog)

When made with bottled sweet-n-sour and bad tequila, margaritas aren’t even worth drinking. These ten margaritas, though, meet a much higher set of …

Apr
17
2015

Maestro Dobel, 4 Tequila Cocktails

Don’t miss the epic posse from Maestro Dobel Tequila, cocktails inside   Examiner.com

…The four cocktails from Maestro Dobel Tequila we’d like to spotlight today are the Black Diamond Margarita, Dobel Diablo, Maestro Mojito and Nuevo Old Fashioned. Each of these have a different foundation due to the unique type of Dobel Tequila, so it’s important to make sure you are using the correct tequila in the correct recipe…

Apr
17
2015

Cuervo Master Talks Tequila

Cuervo master: Tequila can ‘compete’ with Cognac   The Spirits Business

Jose Cuervo’s Master of Tequila Don Francisco Hajnal Alfaro knows a thing or two about Mexico’s national spirit. Here, he discusses tasting methods, …

Apr
17
2015

Besado Platinum Tequila Label Approved

Besado Platinum Tequila Label Approved by the TTB   PR Newswire (press release)

HOUSTON, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Alonzo Pierce, CEO of Top Shelf Brands Holdings, Inc. (a Nevada Corporation) (OTCPK: DKTS), …

Apr
17
2015

DeLeon Unveils New Marketing Campaign

DeLeon Tequila Unveils #TheNextLevel Marketing Campaign   BevNET.com

DELEON Tequila NEW YORK, April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — On April 13th, 2015, DELEON® Tequila launches its first, high-impact full-scale media …

Apr
15
2015

Tequila Cocktail Tasting – 14 April 2015

Tequila Cocktail Tasting, by Cary at Tequila Connection

With the help of some friends, I mixed up some tequila-based cocktails last night.  When it comes to tequila, I’m more of a sipper than a mixologist.  When sipping, I prefer a quality product and will splurge on a bottle more than if mixing.  However, even with mixing, I always use 100 % agave tequila.  Armed with All-Natural, Handcrafted Bloody Mary and Blood Orange Mixers, courtesy of Powell & Mahoney (P&M), we enjoyed some cocktails along with some chips & guacamole, and other tasty grub.

Bloody Maria Leading off, the Bloody Maria gets points for simplicity.  Ingredients: 1 ½ oz. of Reposado Tequila and 4 oz. of P&M’s Bloody Mary Mixer poured over ice in a kosher salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with a celery stalk, lime wheel and a slice of Jalapeño pepper. This mix makes for a respectable Bloody Maria.  Strong flavors, yet balanced and a lengthy finish of warmth. Willie stated the salted rim helped highlight the citrus, tomato and peppery notes.  No need for any other sauces or spices. Green olives would have been a welcome addition, but I was fresh out.  The cocktail paired nicely with the chips and guacamole.

Next, we enjoyed my take on a Pepino Cocktail.  A couple hours earlier, I muddled sliced cucumber, fresh basil & slices of jalapeño and let it soak in about 6 oz. of blanco tequila.  For the drink, the strained tequila joins 1 ½ oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice, about 3 oz. pineapple juice, and an ounce or so of agave nectar.  This concoction was poured into 4 glasses, over ice, topped with about 2 oz. of Squirt.  Garnish with a slice of cucumber and a sprig of fresh basil.  This savory and spicy cocktail has a bit of sweetness that finishes very refreshing.  Sorry now that I didn’t snap a picture of it.  Plates of food arrived distracting us briefly, then we were back to mixing and sampling…

Blood Orange & Ginger Beer Tequila Cocktail Batting third, a Blood Orange and Ginger Beer tequila cocktail.  The rim gets a coating of granulated sugar and orange zest.  1 ½ oz. blanco tequila, 2 oz. Powell & Mahoney’s Blood Orange Mixer, a drizzle of fresh lime juice topped with a couple oz. of Ginger Beer.  Garnish with an orange slice.  Heavy citrus aroma and flavor with a tequila (agave) presence.  The Ginger Beer kicks in during an effervescent finish making for an interesting profile.  The sugary citrus from the rim was a nice touch for Linda, the sweet tooth in our group.  I thought the presentation needed something green, maybe a lime wedge. All-in-all, a good cocktail for a warm summer day.

We attempted one more cocktail – a variation of something I have whipped up on occasion for group gatherings.  I call it a cactus cooler, but John called it a kryptonic concoction, which sounds fitting because these babies can be dangerous.  In a pint glass with some ice, add 2 oz. Reposado Tequila, 2 oz. P&M’s Blood Orange Mixer, ½ oz. Pomegranate juice topped with about 2 oz. Squirt.  Garnished with a lime wheel.  John and I both thought the tequila flavor was lost too much with these proportions, thus we floated about 1/2 oz. Don Cuco Sotol on top. This variation added dimension making the drink more interesting, with the smoky-vegetal notes of the Sotol cutting through.  Again, I failed to take a picture of this cocktail, but I did get some of the tasters during round 3…  Also, Thanks to Anna Dutkowsky at Powell and Mahoney for providing the samples.

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