RECIPE: Pride Pineapple Mule Cocktail

RECIPE: Pride Pineapple Mule Cocktail

Happy Pride! It's a good year to be gay and orgulloso! This cocktail is my interpretation of a refreshing Pride after a long day in the sun. With the Morris Kitchen Ginger syrup and the Los Amantes (the lovers in Spanish) this cocktail follows the tradition of the mezcal mule, but with pineapple to make you sweeter. The comal roasted pineapple and spicy ginger dance on the palette, invoking the subtle smoke in the mezcal.

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RECIPE: Cucumber Mezcal Margarita

RECIPE: Cucumber Mezcal Margarita

When I think of a refreshing cocktail, I immediately think of cucumbers. Native to India, cucumbers were brought to New Spain post conquest. This Old World squash is high in moisture and I prefer the English variety for cocktails as the sugar content tends to be higher, meaning a sweeter cocktail without additives. 

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MEZCAL REVIEW: Mezcales de Leyenda San Luis Potosi

MEZCAL REVIEW: Mezcales de Leyenda San Luis Potosi

Maestro Mezcalero Juan Jose Hernandez comes from a line of producers that have been crafting mezcal for over 100 years. The agaves are cooked for 48 hours in a clay oven, fermented for five days and then distilled in copper stills. 

Fresh pineapple notes and jasmine flower finish, Leyenda SLP is a nice bottle to have on hand to truly explore the complexities of agave.

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RECIPE: Tacos de Chilorio

RECIPE: Tacos de Chilorio

Think carnitas, but spicy and luxurious. Chilorio is a braised pork from the Mexican state of Sinaloa. The garlic, chiles, and vinegar act as a preservative for the meat which is often served in open air markets, an alternative to refrigeration. The meat is slowly cooked until it falls from the bone and then fried in a chile adobo that packs a flavorful punch.

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MEZCAL REVIEW: Banhez Mezcal Artesenal

MEZCAL REVIEW: Banhez Mezcal Artesenal

This is my favorite ensamble mezcal for the price. Banhez' melange of 90% espadin (Angustofolia) and 10% barril (Karwinski) agaves give a unique profile to the alcohol. A collective group of 20 families from the town of San Miguel Ejutla in the central valley of Oaxaca collaborate on this special distillation.

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