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
Tequila Aficionado Media on The Set Of Salt, Liquor, Lime Tequila Aficionado Media first made contact with the co-producers of Salt, Liquor, Lime in the Spring of 2013 via social media. Once production was moved in late August to Southern California during a blistering heat wave, we were invited to join the cast and crew to exclusively record our experiences […]
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 […]
Women In The Tequila Industry: Carmen Villarreal by M.A. “Mike” Morales
Carmen Alicia Villarreal Treviño, The Original Tequila Boss Lady Carmen Alicia Villarreal Treviño is a legend among Tequila Boss Ladies. In fact, she is the original Tequila Boss Lady. To date, she is the only female tequila distillery owner, taking the reins of Casa San Matías soon after the tragic death of her husband in […]
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 […]
In an effort to remain unbiased during National Tequila Week (here at Tequila Aficionado, every day is Tequila Day, but our nation only gives it a single holiday), Tequila Aficionado is featuring all margaritas until we run out of mixers! It’s Margarita Madness!
It’s our quinceanera and we’ll mix if we want to.
For recommendations on what Mike and Alex believe are the best tequilas for both sipping and mixing, take a look at our YouTube playlists for the Brands of Promise nominees of 2013 and 2014. All of the nominees are excellent products. Do yourself a favor and try them all!
Of course we recommend sipping, but if you must mix, we have some great margarita mixes coming up for you.
Stay tuned for our first review – and feel free to mix a few of these while you wait!
What is more appropriate to enjoy on National Tequila Day than an authentic Mexican culinary experience you can accomplish at home with the direction of Barbara Sibley, chef-owner of New York City’s La Palapa Cocina Mexicana. She graciously provided us with three exceptional and easy to replicate recipes that either call for tequila, or another flavor equally indigenous to Mexico, hibiscus. Viva La Palapa!
Flor Chelada and “the sweet spot” (art of sipping Chelada)
Watch Barbara Sibley of La Palapa create the Flor Chelada:
Barbara Sibley explains The Chelada “Sweet Spot”
Layered Mexican beer cocktails such as Cheladas and Micheladas, are served in a tall glass rimmed with flavored salt and filled with ice. Delicious flavorings are then added. For the Flor Chelada we use hibiscus syrup and fresh lime juice. To complete your chelada, slowly top with beer. The sweet spot is where the syrup, juice and beer meet. To get the best mixture of ingredients, sip the beer through a straw, dipping lower or higher for a stronger or lighter flavor. Typically there’s enough flavoring to accommodate an entire 12-oz beer, so top off your chelada as needed and enjoy with that hibiscus-lime ‘sweet spot’ lingering at the bottom. Delicioso!
is a traditional Mexican torta sandwich of grilled skirt steak that’s been marinated in a tequila and lime mixture and layered with fresh avocado, lettuce, tomato, plus pickled jalapeño and smoky chipotle crème. Here is a marinade for 3 pounds of steak.
Combine 1 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup tequila, the juice of 2 limes, and 1 tablespoon each of sugar and salt.
Marinate for no more than half an hour, or the tequila will make the steak too soft.
Wild Hibiscus Flower Company just launched an exclusive line of all-natural, concentrated floral extracts and syrups:
b’Lure (ba-lure), made from the sensual blue butterfly pea flower, offering delicate sweetness and magical color-changing properties
Rose + Hibiscus, a fragrant blend of highly prized Bulgarian rose oil and fresh hibiscus juice
Hibiscus Flower, fresh hibiscus juice infused with premium dried hibiscus flowers for intensely brilliant red color and deep berry flavor
National Tequila Day Giveaway!
– Win a complete set of Wild Hibiscus products – Original, Rose, Heart-Tee, Hibiscus Pyramid Salt Flakes and NEW Floral Extracts, along with a signed copy of Chef Barbara Sibley’s beautifully photographed cookbook, Antojitos, Festive & Flavorful Mexican Small Plates, a collection of her restaurant La Palapa’s best-loved recipes. (Continental USA – excluding Alaska – Only). $65 value.
Visit the Wild Hibiscus Flower Company’s Facebook page on National Tequila Day (July 24) for details!
Visit the Wild Hibiscus Flower Company’s Website today for more great recipes!
Diva Del Bravo Tequila is a citrus infused blanco tequila with distinctive packaging. M.A. “Mike” Morales and Alexander Perez taste and discuss this infusion and explain why they feel it merits a nomination to the 2014 Brands of Promise Awards.
Tequila Aficionado Media is proud to welcome Tequila Tuesday to our family of sites.
Tequila Tuesday began on June 5, 2012, as a program affiliate of Hadfield Communications in Houston, Texas. We at Tequila Aficionado Media are thrilled to take up where Hadfield Communications left off, in this our Fifteenth Anniversary (quinceanera) month, and into the future with the spirited #TequilaTuesday brand of fun.
#TequilaTuesday grew out of the love Jim (RIP) & Linda Hadfield had for agave spirits.
Tequila Tuesday is a Salud to Tequila and it’s Agave cousins, Mezcal, Sotol, Bacanora, Raicilla and Pulque!
To spread the word about the ultra-premium Mexican spirits of today: a collection of respected beverages to be sipped and savored.
What started as a small quiz on Twitter has grown into a community of like-minded aficionados who have one thing in common: The Love of Mexican Spirits!
Tequila Tuesday is a member of the Tequila Aficionado Media Family of Sites.
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