THE PURSUIT OF ADVENTURE ECHOES IN EVERY SOUL.
After countless trips chasing swells, surfers Keith Ross and Bruce Beach set out to create a drink that embodied memories made on the dusty roads and beaches of Baja. Made the traditional way in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico Peligroso® is that drink.
Inspired by the pursuit of big breaks and good times south of SoCal, Peligroso® is crafted for those who seek a life traveled off the beaten path. For those who make their own rules. Those who push to live every moment to the fullest. For those hell bent on fully experiencing the ride. For those born to rattle the cage.
Makers of the first Craft Agave Wine! Nectar Blends is made in Jalisco, Mexico with 100% Weber Blue Agave and lightly sweetened with honey and fresh herbs.
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Actress, comedienne, narrator, pop music collaborator, singer, producer, writer, world traveler, radio announcer, book author, and tequila brand owner. Those are just a few of Cleo Rocos’ credentials.
Best known for her years as a sidekick on the BBC’s beloved Kenny Everett Television Show, she is often compared to Lucille Ball for her beauty, wit and business acumen.
This Tequila Boss Lady pulls no punches when it comes to 100% agave tequila. Here, she shares her views on our customary handful of questions.
TA: How would you describe your experiences as a woman in a primarily male dominated industry? What are the challenges you face when dealing with the male dominated Tequila Industry?
CR: Everyone assumes that because Tequila is a male dominated industry that I would have to face challenges. I love men and working with them. I have always been treated with great respect and my thirst for knowledge willingly nurtured by everyone that I have met.
In fact in 2009 I was recognized by the CNIT with a coveted award, presented to me at the annual Dia del Tequilero, in Guadalajara. A great honour.
I love the people in the tequila industry. I spend a lot of time in Mexico and I have never encountered any negative experiences as a woman.
The tequila industry is cool and some of the coolest people in it are older than your grandparents and can show you how to really party.
It is well recognized that people live long and happy lives in this industry.
TA: How have you been able to change things within the Tequila Industry?
CR: I have been able to change things extensively in the UK, turning around the negative misconceptions by relentlessly explaining the dramatic difference between mixto and 100% agave tequilas and encouraging people to actually give tequila another try.
I actively get the tequila message out to a much wider audience through my career in television.
I appear on many TV and radio shows, write articles and give interviews explaining the truly exquisite experience of a well crafted 100% Agave Tequila.
TA: What do you see as the future of women working within the Tequila Industry?
CR: If you are a woman who can bring something to the tequila industry and have a real passion for it then there are great opportunities as there are equally for men.
Most people are not aware that women have a more sensitive and accurate palate than men. It is a fact of nature. Many more women are now top tasting and spirits profile experts throughout the wine and spirits industries.
TA: What facets of the Tequila Industry would you like to see change?
CR: The most important facet to change is to implement legislation demanding the clear labeling Mixed Tequila [mixto] as “MIXED” or even “Tequila FLAVOURED.”
Mixed tequila is generally only 51% agave tequila and not the “real deal.”
This lack of label clarity is highly confusing for the new consumer and detrimental to the tequila industry.
The experience of drinking “Mixed” Tequila is why most people think that they hate tequila.
It is unfair to the producers of 100% Agave brands to have to constantly battle to re-educate consumers due to this lack of label clarity.
TA: Do you approve of how tequila brands are currently marketing themselves?
CR: Each brand obviously has their own marketing strategy. We all know that good 100% agave tequila is to be sipped and enjoyed.
The versatility of this incredible (100% agave) spirit is having a profound influence on cocktails globally and is now the favourite spirit of top bartenders.
I always warn against any drink having to be consumed ice cold or in one go. No one needs to drink like that unless they are going to have a limb removed without an anesthetic.
TA: Is there anything you’d like to say to women who may be contemplating entering and working in the Tequila Industry in one form or another?
CR: I have been very welcomed and totally embraced by the Tequila Industry.
I have created my own multi award winning brand, AquaRiva Tequila and I have only experienced good will and encouragement all the way.
If you have a true passion, a desire for knowledge and to work with this glorious spirit, there are no barriers.
I love working in this industry. It’s crammed with enthusiastic people, family traditions and amazing characters.
The tequila industry is very much a way of life but not as you know it.
OK, you’ve invited all your friends, made your papel picado and paper flowers, done your tequila shopping and washed your favorite pitcher in anticipation of the big day. Have you thought about what you’ll feed your guests?
Once again, we have you covered! Check out these pinbboards for some great Cinco de Mayo ideas.
Catch the replay on demand as we interview Roger Clyne and talk about everything under the Mexican Moonshine!
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From the Mexican Moonshine Tequila Website:
Arizona-based recording artist Roger Clyne has, for the past fifteen years, created a fan-focused community that meshes music with all forms of merriment infused with southwestern culture and mythologies. To that end, he created the award-winning MexicanMoonshine line of fine tequila, which has just released its third marque, Añejo.
The buttery Añejo boasts honey and woody notes, with hints of tobacco and vanilla. It joins Mexican Moonshine’s Silver and Reposado which in 2011 earned Tequila.net’s “Best of the Best” award. In addition to being a tequila aficionado, Roger is eco-conscious. He developed Mexican Moonshine with Fabrica de Tequilas Finos, SA de CV, a notable boutique tequila distiller in the city of Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico. The distillery uses a clean, sustainable, and progressive process that removes impurities from the waste water. The exceptional quality of the end product is reflective of how the tequila starts.
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers have been hosting a music festival in Rocky Point, Mexico for many years (2013 was the 22nd event) called Circus Mexicus. In 2004 a small batch of Mexican Moonshine was created as a test run for the Circus Mexicus show and all 1,000 bottles sold out over the festival weekend. It was clear, Mexican Moonshine had a future. A few years later, official paperwork and business design in place, the fledgling tequila was to debut again at Circus Mexicus in Rocky Point but almost didn’t happen. A trusted friend of the band did his own little cross-Mexico moonshine run to make sure the tequila made it in time for the music festival. He got it there the first day of the festival to an exuberant welcome by festival goers!
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have released six consecutive albums that have debuted in the top 10 on Billboard’s Internet Sales chart, the first independent band to ever accomplish that feat. Two of those albums, 1999s Honky Tonk Union and 2004s ¡Americano!, debuted at #1. That streak of creating timeless rock music continues with RCPM’s most recent studio album, Unida Cantina. In addition to Circus Mexicus (with attendees from more than 32 states and 7 countries) and their headline shows, RCPM have opened for Dierks Bentley, John Fogerty,Willie Nelson,Barenaked Ladies, Live, Blues Traveler, Sammy Hagar and Kid Rock, among others.
“The music they play is impure, dirty, raw, immediate and larger than life; yet it comes squarely from its center; it’s timeless…” – All Music Guide
“…the Bruce Springsteen of the Southwest.” – Asbury Park Press
Clyne enjoyed an accomplished stint with The Refreshments, a late-90s rock band whose cult-classic album Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big & Buzzy produced the hit singles “Banditos” and “Down Together.” Clyne also wrote and performed the theme song for FOX’s animated hit “King of The Hill.”
Whether you are looking for amazing tequila or great rock & roll, look no further than Roger Clyne and his Mexican Moonshine Tequila!
— Mexican Moonshine (@MexMoonshine) April 22, 2016
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[From October 14 to October 28, 2015, Tequila Aficionado Media, accompanied by 33 expressions representing 19 brands, embarked on an epic RV road show christened, The Dia de los Muertos Tequila & Mezcal Tour. In these next passages, we recount the historic–and hysteric–highlights.]
Inspired In Albuquerque
With the help of Mezcal Legendario Domingo, Lisa and I brainstormed about our black water tank problem.
We would contact Cruise America RV’s headquarters in Mesa, AZ via their Facebook page, and make an appointment with their service department. Since we were already fans, this impromptu visit would also serve as more content for Tequila Aficionado and Lisa’s personal blog.
Get Your Kicks
Having trekked from Albuquerque to Phoenix a few times before, both Lisa and myself were aware that portions of Interstate 40 coursed along the Mother Road, historic Route 66.
It was a memorable pit stop for us. We made a few new friends and had fun doing it! Check out this video highlight.
By The Time I Get to Phoenix
Once we left New Mexico in the rear view mirror and entered Arizona, the scenery changed and so did our mood.
Don’t judge. It was a long drive!
After a mid-evening check-in at the Desert Shadows RV park in Phoenix, coupled with a late dinner, a snifter of Route 66 tequila for a nightcap seemed appropriate. But, not too many.
Our appointment with Cruise America’s service department to address our black water tank problem loomed early the next morning.
Cruise America Headquarters
An impressive fleet of RVs greeted us at Cruise America’s headquarters in Mesa. Its size and depth was deceiving with ample showrooms inside. No matter which department we dealt with, though, the company’s dedication to customer service was first rate.
While the service department examined our damaged RV, we spent time speaking with Vice President, Michael Smalley, on several topics concerning Cruise America’s long history and company philosophy.
You can watch the interview here.
An hour later, the head of the service department conferred with Mr. Smalley. Knowing that we were pressed for time, Michael advised that the quickest way to get us back enjoying the road and working on our tour was to switch us to a newer RV rather than to have us wait any longer for repairs on the black water tank.
After unloading clothes and supplies from our old RV and reloading the new one, we waved goodbye to our friends at Cruise America and shuttled back to our RV park in Phoenix.
That afternoon, Lisa was expecting her longtime friends and members of her writer’s group, and she was bound and determined to introduce them to fine sipping tequila from Casa 1921.
The Butterscotch Martini Girls
Once we were safely back at Desert Shadows with a brand new RV, Lisa regaled her friends with 1921 La Crema. You can view their official introduction to this tequila gem here, and their rave review here.
As for me, I took the time to sit underneath one of the many fruit trees near our space, lit a cigar, and enjoyed the rolling clouds that signaled a cooling monsoon shower just before sunset.
Mike and Alex taste and discuss our first Sotol of 2016, Por Siempre Sotol.
From the high desert slopes of the Sierra Madres Mountains, in the heart of Chihuahua, Mexico, comes Sotol Por Siempre. A unique spirit distilled from the hearts of wild-harvested sotol, the vital desert plant that has sustained the peoples of this region for thousands of years. Two distillations in an alembic copper pot still preserves subtle smoke and earth flavors which are imparted by pit roasting and open-air fermentation. Six generations of the Perez Family bring you Sotol Por Siempre.
Compania Elaboradora de Sotol, a 6th generation distillery, is proud to introduce Sotol Por Siempre to the United States. An authentic spirit of Mexico, not distilled from agave, but from the native Sotol or desert spoon it shares characteristic similarities to its cousins in spirit, Tequila and Mezcal.
VOLUME: 750 mL
NOSE: Opens with bright citrus and white flowers quickly growing herbal and vegetal with an intense note of damp, freshly turned earth and whispers of wood smoke and black pepper.
PALATE: Black pepper spice, earth, mineral, wet stone, rich and chewy texture with a long, dry and mildly smoky finish.
Enjoy Sotol Por Siempre neat, in classic drinks that call for agave spirits like the Margarita and El Diablo or in creative, contemporary cocktails.