Sipping Off The Cuff: Dulce Dorado Tequila

Mike Morales & Alex Perez taste & discuss Dulce Dorado Honey Vanilla Tequila on this week’s Sipping Off The Cuff.

Dave and Andrea have traveled to the small beach town of Puerto Penasco, Mexico for many years. They instantly fell in love with the beautiful beaches, relaxed culture and, of course, the tequila.

In 2006, they met Carlos, a shop owner, who offered them a taste of an unforgettable Mezcal. This Mezcal was an infusion of maple and agave that had been perfected by his family for more than 100 years. The combination was delicious and very easy to drink and inspired Dave and Andrea.

They started infusing tequila with their own favorite flavors of honey and vanilla. After many attempts, they finally arrived at their secret recipe for some of the smoothest, easiest drinking tequila they had ever tasted. “When can I buy this?” was commonly heard from family and friends who were lucky enough to be among the early taste-testers. Dave and Andrea knew they were on to something. In 2011, they began working to bring their dream to fruition and are proud to present it to you today.


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Slim and Sexyrita

1 1/2 oz. Dulce Dorado Tequila

1/2 oz. Triple Sec

4 oz. diet grapefruit soda

1/2 lime (juiced)

Pour over ice in salt-rimmed glass

Garnish with lime wedge


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Country Ham: A Southern Tradition of Hogs, Salt & Smoke

steve coomes, ham, hogCongratulations to Tequila Aficionado Contributing Writer, Steve Coomes on his new release, Country Ham: A Southern Tradition of Hogs, Salt & Smoke!

“Few things are as timeless and southern as a country ham. Gone are the days of considering it a blue-collar staple that is too often overcooked, squashed between biscuit halves or served swimming in red-eye gravy. Today, country ham has found its place among the finest European cured meats and is served at ritzy restaurants as thinly sliced charcuterie or as a garnish on pricey appetizers. The makings of every country ham are the same—hogs, salt and smoke—but these hams undergo an aging process that is no less demanding, varied and fine-tuned than the process for aging the world’s finest wines. Get the rub on the history of curing pigs in the Country Ham Belt from food writer Steve Coomes, who consults the best in the ham-making business on everything to do with this salty, southern delicacy.”


Steve’s book is available in both Kindle and Paperback at, so click here to get it now! 

Read Sharon Thompson’s writeup of Steve’s book in the Lexington Herald Leader here. 

“Coomes takes readers on a journey from the first hog to arrive on American soil to interviews with ham craftmasters and how to cook a ham.

Coomes includes stories from Newsom, Bill Robertson Jr. (Finchville Farms in Finchville); Ronnie and Beth Drennan (Broadbent’s B&B Foods in Kuttawa); Charles Gatton Jr. (Father’s Country Hams in Bremen); Brian Harper (Harper’s in Clinton); June and Leslie Scott (Scott Hams in Greenville); and ham makers in Virginia and Tennessee.”

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Celebrate Summer with Don Julio

Don Julio Celebrates the Solstice

Saturday, June 21st marks the official first day of summer, and what better way to celebrate the summer solstice than with specialty cocktails from Tequila Don Julio.

Try mixing up a Highway 71, a spirit-forward beverage made with complex, quality ingredients including Tequila Don Julio Añejo, coconut infused sweet vermouth and chocolate mole bitters. A summery twist to the classic Manhattan, this variation of the timeless cocktail is the perfect celebratory drink to enjoy the season.

For more of a tiki-style vibe, you can try mixing up a Don Siegel cocktail, a great drink that is perfect for summertime patio lounging.

Highway 71, don julioDon Julio Highway 71

Created by NYC Mixologist Thomas Waugh


1 ounce Tequila Don Julio Añejo
1/2 ounce Coconut Infused Sweet Vermouth
1 dash Chocolate Molé Bitters
Smoked Cinnamon Stick for Garnish

**To create Coconut Infused Sweet Vermouth:
1 750 ml bottle Sweet Vermouth
1 cup Sweetened Coconut Flakes

  1. Add sweetened coconut flakes to a bottle of Sweet Vermouth.
  2. Let sit for 2 hours.
  3. Strain out coconut and add liquid back to the bottle
  4. Label and refrigerate.



  1. Combine Tequila Don Julio Añejo, coconut infused sweet vermouth and chocolate molé bitters into a mixing glass with ice and stir.
  2. Strain contents into a rocks glass over one large piece of ice.
  3. Garnish with smoked cinnamon stick.

Ideal Serving Glass:
Rocks Glass

1 drink, no drink contains more than 0.6 fluid ounces of alcohol

The Don Julio Don Siegel

Created by NYC Mixologist Thomas Waugh

Ingredients:Don Siegel, don julio
1 ounce Tequila Don Julio Reposado
1/3 ounce Dry Amontillado Sherry
1/3 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
1/3 ounce Agave Nectar Syrup
1 tsp Apricot Liqueur
1 tsp Mezcal
Angostura Bitters
Cracked Ice
Mint Sprigs for Garnish

**To create Cracked Ice:

  1. Pour ice into a durable sealed bag.
  2. Crack ice cubes with muddler.


  1. Combine Tequila Don Julio Reposado, dry amontillado sherry, fresh lime juice, agave nectar syrup, apricot liqueur and mezcal into a shaker. Shake Well.
  2. Pour contents into a Collins Glass over cracked ice.
  3. Add a few dashes of angostura bitters.
  4. Garnish with mint sprigs.

Ideal Serving Glass:
Collins Glass

1 drink, no drink contains more than 0.6 fluid ounces of alcohol

Sipping off the Cuff: Dulce Vida Anejo

Dulce Vida Tequila: Overproof, Organic and a Brands of Promise Nominee

M.A. “Mike” Morales and Alexander Perez of Tequila Aficionado taste and discuss Dulce Vida Anejo tequila in this episode of Sipping Off The Cuff.



dulce vida, anejo, tequilaDulce Vida

Dulce Vida Tequilas sources its 100% organic agave from the Los Altos highlands in the Tequila region of Mexico. Because of the unique climatic characteristics and the air & soil, this area is well known for producing larger, fruitier agave, ideal for tequila. This organic agave ensures Dulce Vida makes tequila the way tequila has always tasted best: pure and powerful, free of any additives.

Dulce Vida produces the only 100° proof, 100% organic tequila in the world and has been nationally recognized as a brand rich in tequila heritage, earning top awards in numerous competitions. What sets Dulce Vida apart is a combination of product attributes, packaging, and taste profile – including Handcrafted Distillation, 100° Proof/Navy Strength, and Organics. 100° Proof provides Dulce Vida the purity, authenticity, and full agave taste that is the cornerstone of our brand. We make our tequila at 100° proof to fashion our spirit in an old-world means, cask-strength, the way spirits were enjoyed years ago.

The concept of sustainability was very strategic in the selection of our facility for tequila production.  The facility not only had to be capable of making a great product, with care and diligence meeting our specifications, but also had to meet requirements for organic production and overall measures of sustainability – being a kind partner to the environment and local community.  A complete recapture of all production waste is performed that yields a nutrient-rich soil supplement to the local farming community.  Furthermore, as a by-product of the waste collection & processing, methane gas is captured, creating an energy source utilized to power the facility.


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