Open Bar Mardi Gras Special – Show Us Your Booze!

Don’t give up tequila!

Why does Mardi Gras only last one day and lent lasts so long?

Click here to sign into Blab.im with Twitter and subscribe so you don’t miss the un-Mardi Gras Special on Monday, February 15 at 7pm CST.

The Tequila Aficionado Wiki is Up!

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Tequila Aficionado Wiki For Consumers:

With so many brands in our portfolio of reviews, recipes, articles, and tours, we felt it was time to create a Wiki where aficionados could find one-stop convenience in exploring all of our content on particular tequila, mezcal and sotol brands.  With that in mind, we created a wiki that will initially be populated with all of the brands who have participated in Tequila Aficionado Tours, events, and the Test Kitchen program.  Now you can show your favorite brands your love by sharing great Tequila Aficionado feature and social content on your social networks.

Tequila Aficionado Wiki For Brands:

Nobody does social media for spirits like Mike Morales & Lisa Pietsch.  Whether it’s an entertaining tasting, press releases, engaging photos, written reviews, or original recipe creation, we’ve got it covered.  One of the biggest challenges facing agave spirits brands today is keeping up with the demands of social networks and being able to create engaging content that gets shared by those networks.  Everyone knows native Facebook video is the way to get on fans’ news feeds but who has time to create and upload video?  Vines and filtered, finessed Instagram photos are hot properties too, but again, nobody has time for that.  We have the solution.  With the Tequila Aficionado Wiki, you now have the convenience of visiting your brand’s wiki page and sharing the feature and social content we’ve already created for you.

Feel free to explore our current listings as we populate them with even more great images, videos, social posts, reviews and articles.

The Tequila Aficionado Wiki is currently available only for 2015 Dia de Los Muertos Tour sponsors and Test Kitchen participants.  If you’d like your brand to join our next tour, projected for Fall 2016, please email Tours@TequilaAficionado.com and we’ll send you more details as our plans gel.

If you’d like to get involved in other promotional events or have a social media package created for your brand before the summer promotion rush, please feel free to contact us.

Arte del Mezcal Texas Tour with Wahaka Mezcal

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On the evening of January 15, 2016, during the busy San Antonio Cocktail Conference weekend, Tequila Aficionado’s Mike Morales was invited to sit in on mezcal historian and author Ulises Torrentera’s Arte del Mezcal class and discussion.

20160115_194946As a bonus, the event was sponsored by the luscious Wahaka Mezcal brand and moderated and translated by its co-founder, Raza Zaidi.

The course, endorsed by mezcal’s regulating body, the Consejo Regulador del Mezcal (CRM), through its official document CRM/PD-069/15, would cover four main topics–

Pre-Hispanic beverages, raw material (maguey/agave), distillation and mezcal’s invention, as well as its history, myths, legends, culture and beyond.

The event was held at the intimate El Mirador Mexican restaurant and featured a delicious menu to accompany the entire line of Wahaka mezcals and Sr. 20160115_225556Torrentera’s discourse.

Ulises, considered a preeminent mezcal historian and icon, is the author of “Mezcalaria, The Cult of Mezcal,” and the owner of In Situ Mezcaleria in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Arte del Mezcal Highlights

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Introduction to Wahaka Mezcal

In the following snippet, co-founder, Raza Zaidi, introduces Wahaka’s core line of mezcals and the “one-off” creations by their maestro mezcalero, Alberto Morales.

Clay Pot Distillation

With a GoPro attached, another palenquero demonstrates the very rare method of mezcal fermentation and distillation in clay pots.

Raza later explained that such a technique was implemented because it was easily mobile and allowed movement to avoid authorities from confiscating copper stills.

The Legend of Mayahuel and the 400 Rabbits

Translated by Raza, Ulises explains what pulque is and the legend of Mayahuel and her 400 Rabbits.

Mezcal is More than the Sum of its Parts

According to Ulises, mezcal is produced using approximately 28 distinct varieties of maguey (agave), but there are many more variables that affect the final outcome.

As Raza Zaidi of Wahaka explains, mezcal is more than the sum of its parts.

Why Mezcal?

Co-founder, Raza, explains what compelled him and his partners to bring Wahaka mezcal to the world.

In whatever city you happen to be in, if you can catch Ulises Torrentera, Raza Zaidi, and the rest of the crew of Wahaka Mezcal, do so.

Your education on mezcal and mezcal production depends on it!

What is Tequila Aficionado’s “Open Bar”

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We’ve spent the last 16 years creating a website and Sipping Off The Cuff© shows for your enjoyment and we see a great 2016 Sipping Off The Cuff season lining up.  Last year, during our Quincinera, we introduced Last Tequila Standing© to our stable of fine content.  We have even more in store as we add new shows and personalities in 2016.

What is Open Bar and what the hell are we doing?

Don’t worry, Sipping Off The Cuff isn’t going anywhere.  We’re simply taking advantage of new media (as we like to do at Tequila Aficionado) and creating the first of it’s kind Tequila Talk Show.  We see this as a great opportunity to connect with our audience (you) to find out more about what you’re looking for and what you want to talk about when it comes to tequila.  We’re also looking for new personalities to join our team and see this as an excellent way to audition new talent (so if you’d like to work for tequila that you may not be able to get in your home state, be sure to tune in and take a seat with us for a chat.

Open Bar is a live show that we’ll record every Monday on Blab.im at 7pm CST.  We hope you’ll join us for the live show, but if you miss it, you can always watch the replay on demand.

Here’s the replay of our first episode:

 

Our First Open Bar featured George Harris of FUBAR and Alien Tequilas

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FUBAR Website: http://www.fubartequila.com/

Sipping off the Cuff with FUBAR: https://youtu.be/L8XhOTyL94Y

FUBAR exudes with sweet notes of stone fruit, cantaloupe and exotic caramelized orange that are accented with a hint of refreshing cucumber and mint… smooth, lingering and juicy on the palate, this Silver Tequila is the purest expression of agave, rounded with flavors of savory lemon/lime, wild flowers and herbs… Delicious undertones of chamomile, fennel seeds and a touch of white pepper spice makes this Premium Tequila perfect for sipping, mixing or the ultimate shot.

Stay tuned for future episodes of Open Bar!

Feb 15 Next week: Mardi Gras Special – Show us your booze!

Feb 22 National Margarita Day show & tell – What’s your favorite margarita/mix/recipe?

1921 La Crema Tres Leches Cake

Got a valentine who loves Tres Leches Cake?

Try this spin on the super simple but very delicious Duncan Hines Tres Leches Cake Mix.

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1921, la crema, tres leches cake
la cremaYou will need:

  • Duncan Hines Tres Leches Cake Mix

For Milk Syrup:

  • 3 Cups Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Tequila 1921 La Crema

For Cake:

  • ½ Cup Water
  • 3 Large Eggs

 

Baking Instructions:

 

  • vanillaPREHEAT oven to 350°F. GREASE sides and bottom of 13 x 9 pan with shortening or oil spray. FLOUR lightly.
  • BLEND cake mix, water and eggs in large bowl at low speed until moistened (about 30 seconds). BEAT at medium speed for 1 minute. POUR batter into a prepared cake pan.
  • BAKE for 18-20 minutes. Add 3-5 minutes to bake time for dark or coated pans. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. COOL in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. POKE holes in cake with fork, 1/2-inch part. Leave cake in pan..
  • BLEND contents from small packet, 3 cups milk, and 1/2 Cup 1921 La Crema in small bowl with wire whisk until completely dissolved and well blended.
  • POUR milk syrup over top of cake slowly. Cover and REFRIGERATE at least 2 hours. Frost with French Vanilla Cool Whip before serving.
  • KEEP REFRIGERATED UNTIL READY TO SERVE. PROMPTLY REFRIGERATE UNUSED BAKED CAKE.

 

 

Join Us for Our First Open Bar This Monday!

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Are you ready for this?

On Monday, February 8, 2016, Mike Morales and Lisa Pietsch broadcast live in a first of its kind tequila talk show called “Open Bar“.  We’ll be tasting FUBAR Tequila so be sure to get your bottle and be ready to talk about it!  While we’re tasting FUBAR, we’ll talk about some exciting features Tequila Aficionado has in store for you in 2016.  Tune in right here on on Blab.im at 7pm CST on Monday and spend your happy hour with Tequila Aficionado!

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rogue warrior, fubar, richard marcinko, breast cancer, pink camo, fubar tequilaRichard Marcinko “The Rogue Warrior” joins the war against cancer by introducing his new Pink Camo Bottle to battle Breast Cancer.  FUBAR Tequila will donate $2 of every bottle sold to the effort.

As Founder and Commander of Seal Team Six Marcinko formally created the team in October 1980 and then in 1984 he created RED CELL. During his two tours in Vietnam, Marcinko was awarded the Silver Star, four Bronze Stars with a Combat V, two Navy Commendation Medals and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star.

When asked about Breast Cancer, the Skipper said “This is just another battle…and we are going to win it.”

 

Sipping off the Cuff: Orendain Tequila Extra Anejo

Sipping Off The Cuff™

Sipping Off The Cuff™ began as an audio podcast in 2006 and is Tequila Aficionado’s first and longest running tequila review program.

Sipping Off The Cuff(TM) is broadcast every Friday (and occasionally Tuesdays) on YouTube and TequilaAficionado.com. If you are a Tequila, Mezcal or Sotol brand owner and would like your product(s) reviewed on an upcoming episode of Sipping Off The Cuff(TM), please contact Mike@TequilaAficionado.com.

Casa Orendain

The national brand of the Casa Orendain founded in 1926 produces 10 different brands of tequila, which are available world-wide all bear the distinction of being produced by Tequila Orendain.

Giving credence and authority for its mark of distinction is the fact that Tequila Orendain has been awarded numerous blue ribbons at international events including a Gold Medal in 2006 at the International Wine & Spirit Competiton in London, England.

Sipping off the Cuff: Orendain Ollitas Tequila Reposado

Sipping Off The Cuff™

Sipping Off The Cuff™ began as an audio podcast in 2006 and is Tequila Aficionado’s first and longest running tequila review program.

Sipping Off The Cuff(TM) is broadcast every Friday (and occasionally Tuesdays) on YouTube and TequilaAficionado.com. If you are a Tequila, Mezcal or Sotol brand owner and would like your product(s) reviewed on an upcoming episode of Sipping Off The Cuff(TM), please contact Mike@TequilaAficionado.com.

Casa Orendain

The national brand of the Casa Orendain founded in 1926 produces 10 different brands of tequila, which are available world-wide all bear the distinction of being produced by Tequila Orendain.

Giving credence and authority for its mark of distinction is the fact that Tequila Orendain has been awarded numerous blue ribbons at international events including a Gold Medal in 2006 at the International Wine & Spirit Competiton in London, England.

Sipping off the Cuff: Orendain Ollitas Tequila Blanco

Sipping Off The Cuff™

Sipping Off The Cuff™ began as an audio podcast in 2006 and is Tequila Aficionado’s first and longest running tequila review program.

Sipping Off The Cuff(TM) is broadcast every Friday (and occasionally Tuesdays) on YouTube and TequilaAficionado.com. If you are a Tequila, Mezcal or Sotol brand owner and would like your product(s) reviewed on an upcoming episode of Sipping Off The Cuff(TM), please contact Mike@TequilaAficionado.com.

Casa Orendain

The national brand of the Casa Orendain founded in 1926 produces 10 different brands of tequila, which are available world-wide all bear the distinction of being produced by Tequila Orendain.

Giving credence and authority for its mark of distinction is the fact that Tequila Orendain has been awarded numerous blue ribbons at international events including a Gold Medal in 2006 at the International Wine & Spirit Competiton in London, England.

Sipping off the Cuff: Puerto Vallarta Tequila Anejo

Sipping Off The Cuff™

Sipping Off The Cuff™ began as an audio podcast in 2006 and is Tequila Aficionado’s first and longest running tequila review program.

Sipping Off The Cuff(TM) is broadcast every Friday (and occasionally Tuesdays) on YouTube and TequilaAficionado.com. If you are a Tequila, Mezcal or Sotol brand owner and would like your product(s) reviewed on an upcoming episode of Sipping Off The Cuff(TM), please contact Mike@TequilaAficionado.com.

Casa Orendain

The national brand of the Casa Orendain founded in 1926 produces 10 different brands of tequila, which are available world-wide all bear the distinction of being produced by Tequila Orendain.

Giving credence and authority for its mark of distinction is the fact that Tequila Orendain has been awarded numerous blue ribbons at international events including a Gold Medal in 2006 at the International Wine & Spirit Competiton in London, England.