Mansplaining Revel Spirits Avila

You thought you knew everything there was to know about the main Mexican agave spirits– Pulque, Tequila, Mezcal, Sotol and Bacanora. Then, along comes another one you’ve never heard of… Avila. What the hell is it? Glad you asked. Get Acquainted with Avila You first heard about Revel Spirits’ Avila on Sipping Off the Cuff(c). … Read more Mansplaining Revel Spirits Avila

Scorpion Espadin Mezcal Review [Transcript]

Watch the original video review here MIKE: You are watching Sipping Off the Cuff at TequilaAficionado.com a part of Tequila Aficionado Media. I’m Mike Morales in San Antonio. That gentleman over there with the wild hairdo… RICK: Rick Levy in San Diego. MIKE: Rick is helping me out, helping us out, as we go through … Read more Scorpion Espadin Mezcal Review [Transcript]

Men In Mezcal: Douglas French

Pioneer Mezcalero, Doug French of @ScorpionMezcal shares his story. Click To Tweet Pioneer innovator, Douglas French, founder of Scorpion Mezcal kicks off a new feature on Tequila Aficionado called Men In Mezcal. Establishing his distillery in Oaxaca in 1995, Scorpion has just celebrated its 20th anniversary as the original leader in introducing entry level mezcals … Read more Men In Mezcal: Douglas French

Santo Diablo Mezcal King Ranch Chicken Recipe

Most King Ranch Chicken recipes are pretty bland and not at all what you might expect from a Tex Mex standard. The beautiful thing about King Ranch Chicken is that everybody has a different recipe (and ours is the best). Since we prefer our food on the spicy side, we make our King Ranch Chicken … Read more Santo Diablo Mezcal King Ranch Chicken Recipe

Shaker & Spoon to Benefit Tequila Interchange Project

Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Club is partnering with the Tequila Interchange Project for their upcoming October  ¡Viva Mezcal! Box, available online throughout September at www.shakerandspoon.com. Russell Davis, Shaker & Spoon’s Chief Cocktail Officer and a celebrity in the spirits and bartending industry, will be creating one of the drinks from the October box and donating his royalty to … Read more Shaker & Spoon to Benefit Tequila Interchange Project

Why Now, Mezcal: The Lone Ranger Rides Again

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D. The branding of Kimo Sabe mezcal is brilliant.  Perhaps not since the mid 90s when Ron Cooper coined the phrase Single Village Mezcal for his Mezcal del Maguey, has anyone used a name so effectively to attract a particular demographic in the alcohol buying public. Back then it was a … Read more Why Now, Mezcal: The Lone Ranger Rides Again

NOM 199 Will Bring the Tequila & Mezcal Apocalypse

[This editorial (with my comments) is inspired by the following video on the dastardly NOM 199 currently in review in Mexico.  Please, take a few moments to view this easy-to-follow video, then, feel free to share it among your friends, family, colleagues and cohorts. Afterwards, go here to sign the petition and unifying statement against … Read more NOM 199 Will Bring the Tequila & Mezcal Apocalypse

Arte del Mezcal Texas Tour with Wahaka Mezcal

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. As a bonus, the event was sponsored by the luscious Wahaka Mezcal brand and moderated and translated by its … Read more Arte del Mezcal Texas Tour with Wahaka Mezcal

The BIG Business Of Kosher Tequila, Part IV

Why Go Kosher? That’s what we asked several Kosher tequila and mezcal brand owners and ambassadors.  Some of their reasons may surprise you. Richard Sorenson, Founder of Dulce Vida Tequila, the only 100 proof organic tequila to date, comes from an organic foods background having developed the first USDA organic energy drink on the market to … Read more The BIG Business Of Kosher Tequila, Part IV

The BIG Business of Kosher Tequila, Part III

[An urgent text message about Kosher tequila from an agave beverage manager at a thriving new bar in New York City, and the resulting questions raised from research into this misunderstood market from all points–tequila and mezcal brand owners, consumers, and rabbinical representatives of the Jewish faith–prompted me to finally discuss the positive, often flawed, and vastly under served kosher … Read more The BIG Business of Kosher Tequila, Part III