Women in The Tequila Industry: Jaclyn Jacquez by M.A. “Mike” Morales
Jaclyn Jacquez considers herself an adelita, of sorts. Adelitas were female solders (soldaderas) who were a vital force during the Mexican Revolution in the early 1900s, fighting alongside men. As President of Don Cuco Sotol, she spearheads a sixth generation company producing a spirit steeped in 800 years of history. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico […]
Salt, Liquor, Lime–A Tequila Flux Capacitor by M.A. “Mike” Morales
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Tequila Aficionado Exclusive Series Have you seen Tequila Aficionado’s series on Women in the Tequila Industry by Tequila Journalist, M.A. “Mike” Morales? From Bikini Babes to Boss Ladies The contributions of women who create some of the amazing spirits we enjoy, direct production and distillation, support educational efforts, own brands we love, and otherwise contribute […]
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Women In The Tequila Industry: Sophie Decobecq by M. A. “Mike” Morales
No list of Tequila Boss Ladies would be complete without mentioning the likeable and charismatic Sophie Decobecq, creator of the award winning Calle 23 Tequila. Aside from her wacky sense of humor where marketing her tequila is concerned (‘Tequila makes us smarter. So, drink smart” is one of her favorite slogans), Sophie has a unique […]
While tequila may be Mexico’s national spirit, we’re thrilled to see its popularity recently skyrocket in the United States. From Margaritas and Bloody Marias to Palomas and Sunrises, tequila cocktails are being served up with regularity at thousands of bars, restaurants and homes across the country.
In honor of National Tequila Day on July 24th, Don Julio recommends celebrating this Mexican elixir with a refreshing (and spicy!) twist on the classic Margarita.
1/2 cup chopped cucumber, peeled and seeded
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup key lime juice
1/4 cup chopped mint
1/3 cup Don Julio Tequila Blanco
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
1/8 teaspoon Tabasco brand Original Red Sauce
6 ice cubes
Salt to rim glasses
2 cucumber slices
Blend ingredients in a blender for one minute. Divide between two 6-ounce salt-rimmed glasses. Garnish each glass with a cucumber slice.
About Tequila Don Julio Blanco:
Tequila Don Julio Blanco is the base from which all of our other variants are derived. Commonly referred to as “silver” tequila, its crisp agave flavor and hints of citrus make it an essential component to a variety of innovative drinks including margaritas. It can also be enjoyed neat or on the rocks.
We’re expecting the gentlemen from Del Bravo for a visit on Monday so I’m doing a little preparation in the kitchen today.
Whenever we’re contacted by brand owners who will be coming through San Antonio, we like to invite them to the Tequila Aficionado Headquarters for drinks and a chat. We like to film a great deal of the chatting part which you’ll soon see in several articles coming up from Mike Morales. Since I love to pair and prepare foods with tequilas and mezcals, I usually make a little something so we don’t send our guests off into the night hungry. I’m particularly excited about meeting the gentlemen from Del Bravo Tequila, the makers of Penasco and Diva Tequilas.
I’ll admit, I’m not a big fan of infused tequilas for the sole reason that nine times out of ten, they are overdone, poorly done, or are just a company’s way of putting sub-par products on a shelf to sell to those women who still think tequila is for shooting. (Yes, I’ve become a bit of a tequila snob.) Diva Tequila is one of the very few infusions to pass the sip test here at Tequila Aficionado.
My first reaction upon seeing Diva’s presentation was a very girly “Ooh, what a pretty bottle!”
Let’s face it, the tall, faceted bottle topped with the brilliant-cut diamond style stopper is just plain gorgeous.
The question that followed was a practical one “But how’s the juice?”
Truth be told, I was afraid of being disappointed yet again with the promise of a pretty bottle with no substance to back it up. So I gave Diva a day and tried the Penasco blanco instead. After enjoying Penasco, I was prepared to give the Diva my undivided attention the next evening.
I wasn’t disappointed.
Instead of the usual overdone, sugary sweet concoctions marketed to the female drinker, I found the same crisp, clear blanco that Penasco delivered only this time it had a delightful twist of pink grapefruit. Not too tart, not too sweet, and still a wonderful sipper! (Like Goldilocks only with tequila instead of porridge!)
The Del Bravo folks know what they’re doing. From the Diva Tequila bottle design (which would look lovely placed in a box of long-stemmed roses for Valentine’s Day *hint*) to the juice inside, they’ve done this right.
After a few sips, I knew I had to take this lovely lady into the Tequila Aficionado Test Kitchen. I could see pairing her with brunch items, desserts, salads and so much more. Yes, this is the guest you must invite to your girls’ night in or ladies’ brunch.
I thought coconut oil might give the cupcakes just a pinch of tropical flavor to set off all the citrus and I was right.
This recipe yielded 18 cupcakes.
When it came time to top off little darlings, I wished I had created tiny white chocolate crowns. As it turns out, they didn’t need anything so glamorous as all that. Instead of the Tequila Cream Cheese Frosting, I used the Pillsbury Sugar Free frosting and added a tablespoon of Diva. It worked out great! Then I topped each cupcake with a single chocolate pearl.
We enjoyed them for a very long time!
Tequila Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup butter, softened
2½ cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp Tequila
1 tbsp lime juice
zest from 1 lime
optional-white sparkling sugar
Of course, if you don’t feel like going through the hassle of baking, Diva Tequila pairs just as well with dark chocolate covered strawberries! No matter how you enjoy Diva Tequila, you WILL enjoy it.
Malinalli Extra Anejo Tequila is the subject of this week’s Sipping Off The Cuff program. See for yourself why M.A. “Mike” Morales and Alexander Perez selected it as a 2014 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Nominee.
Malinalli’s mythical legacy has solidified her as a key historical figure in the creation of contemporary Mexican national identity. Born into a noble family and later enslaved in her youth, Malinalli was renowned for her beauty and graciousness. These qualities ushered her into the inner circle of the Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernan Cortés. Read more about this historic woman here.
Malinalli Extra Anejo Tequila Tasting Notes
Appearance: Pretty, bright, straw yellow/gold color. Flawlessly clean and pure.
Aroma: Pleasantly vegetal and herbal (sage, thyme); low-to-medium saline; steamed asparagus. Slight bit of oakiness emerges with further air contact.Vanilla bean now as potent as the vegetal agave fiber fragrance; peppery (green).
Taste: Oak-influenced vanilla bean is rampant at the early in-mouth stage; plus there is a modicum of green vegetable presence as the saltiness subsides.Big vanilla custard flavor is bolstered by green pepper (jalapeño now) and oaky resins.Delightfully rich and creamy, but neither unctuous nor syrupy.There’s a slight hint of smokiness/cigar box in the aftertaste and adds a nice finishing touch.
Overall: Elegant, rich, properly zesty, salty, and herbaceous, the oak doesn’t eclipse the natural agave charm as happens in some Extra Añejos.
Embajador Tequila has the distinction of being the very first tequila brand to join the Flight of Sites since it’s inception in December 2013. The Flight of Sites is a free program exclusive to Tequila Aficionado. If you haven’t heard about it yet, please visit this page to find out more.
We are a family who is motivated and inspired by the idea of crafting superior quality and distinguished Tequila. Embajador is produced in small batches to focus on the brands consistency and quality principles. We produce Embajador using only 100% Blue Weber Agave that is grown on our estate located in Atotonilco in the highlands (Los Altos) of Jalisco, Mexico. This region in the valley of the Highlands of Jalisco is distinctive with its nutrient rich soil, along with a natural spring water aquifer that runs through our land, which is the essence that gives Embajador its distinguished characteristics.
We will not sacrifice the honored value of our methods or the superiority of our Agaves for mass production. We will not cut corners to meet new demand and boost the bottom lines. Our handcrafted methodology and patience is honored and fully committed to producing superior quality Tequila.
Our goal is to craft a brand that will always be consistent in aroma, taste and quality. We want Embajador Tequila to be here for generations to come, some 200+ years. The dedicated commitment to quality measures at each step of the production of Embajador is one that will define our core strategic sales and marketing goals. We will establish Embajador for steady growth in the high-end premium category over the next 3, 5 and 10 years.
This is not a sprint race for us, but more of a marathon and we are taking the proper steps to condition ourselves to achieve a strong successful presence in the US and Global market within the High-End Premium Tequila Category.
After all, we are the Embajador (Ambassador) of Mexico.
Some more of the music we’ve chosen for our Quinceanera - Malagueña Salerosa, chingonized!
Chingon was formed by film director Robert Rodriguez to record songs for his 2003 film Once Upon a Time in Mexico. They contributed to Mexico and Mariachis, a compilation album to Rodriguez’ Mariachi Trilogy, and released their debut album, Mexican Spaghetti Western, in 2004. The band’s name comes from a Mexican slang term, chingón, loosely but closely enough meaning “badass” and/or “awesome”.
Chingon also contributed the song “Malagueña Salerosa” to Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Volume 2 — which Rodriguez scored — and a live performance by the band was included on the film’s DVD release. They also contributed to the soundtrack for his next film, a collaboration with Tarantino, Grindhouse, doing a cover of the film’s opening theme, re-titling it “Cherry’s Dance of Death”. Rodríguez plays guitar in the band. The band has also made an appearance on “George Buys a Vow”, an episode of the US sitcom George Lopez. More on Wikipedia here.
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