And Away We Go! The Heartland Tour Begins!

And we’re off!  The Tequila Aficionado 2016 Heartland Tour is off and running!  You can still ride along vicariously though!

Here’s the map of all the places we’ll be going:

It’s an interactive map, so feel free to zoom in!

Our Tour Schedule:

Sept 11: Bracken Cave Bat Flight, TX (Look for live video on Youtube and/or Facebook & interviews)

Sept 12: Lake Texoma, TX (Look for scenic stills)

Sept 13: Drive to Wichita, KS (Look for live video on Youtube and/or Facebook & shenanigans)

Sept 14: Private Sponsor Spirit Tasting at Felipe’s Restaurant (Look for live video on Youtube and/or Facebook followed by short clips on each brand as soon as we can get in the production booth)

Sept 15: Drive to Des Moines (anything could happen!)

Sept 16: Drive to Minnesota (Look for live video on Youtube and/or Facebook and interviews with Los Osuna from Barrio in Edina, MN)

Sept 17: Private Revel Avila Tasting in Wayzata, MN.  (Look for live video bites on Youtube and/or Facebook, interviews and full video coverage as soon as we can get in the production booth) 

Sept 18: Drive to Stoughton, WI.  (Look for scenic stills.) 

Sept 19: Cheese Tasting & Pairing at Cheeser’s.  (Look for live video bites on Youtube and/or Facebook as well as follow up pairing suggestions for sponsor brands.)

Sept 20: Drive to Buchanan, MI.  (Look for live video on Youtube and/or Facebook and scenic stills)

Sept 21: Apple & Peach Picking at local u-pick farms.  (Look for video, recipes created with sponsor brands and local produce, jams & jellies)

Sept 22: Drive to Mammoth Cave National Park, TN. (Look for live video on Youtube and/or Facebook & shenanigans)

Sept 23: Visit Mammoth Cave National Park. (Look for live video on Youtube and/or Facebook and scenic stills)

Sept 24: Visit Dinosaur World and Chaser’s Chocolate.  (Look for live video on Youtube and/or Facebook and chocolate pairing with sponsor brands)

Sept 25: Drive to Memphis, TN.  (Look for live video on Youtube and/or Facebook and scenic stills as we camp on the Mississippi River)

Sept 26: Riverboat Cruise on Mississippi River.  (Look for live video on Youtube and/or Facebook and scenic stills.)

Sept 27: Drive to Crater of Diamonds State Park, AR.  (Look for scenic stills.)

Sept 28: Digging for Diamonds!  (White, Brown & Yellow diamonds as well as amethyst, garnet, jasper, agate, and quartz may be found at the Crater of Diamonds so look for video, stills and any gems we find will be featured and named for our sponsors.)

Sept 29: Drive to Lake Conroe, TX.  (Look for live video on Youtube and/or Facebook and scenic stills)

Sept 30: Visit with Demetrio Tequila at Doneraki Restaurant.  (Look for live video on Youtube and/or Facebook & interviews.)  

Oct 1: Visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center (tentative).  (Look for live video on the tram tour!)

Oct 2: Drive home to San Antonio, TX.

*Please bear in mind that weather and travel conditions may cause changes in our itinerary and schedule.  Lack of high speed internet access may prohibit live video, in which case we’ll record and post as soon as we can get into the production booth. 

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Mike Morales’ Puerco Pibil Recipe with Soltado Tequila

Sharing this recipe could get Mike killed. Luckily, Johnny Depp is too busy restoring the balance to other countries while things get crazy up in the Tequila Aficionado kitchen.

 

Mike Morales Makes Puerco Pibil with Soltado Tequila http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4t6Puerco Pibil Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 5lbs Pork Butt
  • ½ Cup White Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Lemon Juice
  • ½ Cup Orange Juice
  • 5 Tabespoons Ground Annato (Achiote)
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • ½ Teaspoon Allspice
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 2 Habanero Peppers, sliced
  • Healthy splash of Soltado Tequila

Instructions:

  • Line a 3 quart crock pot with banana leaves.
  • Place pork on the banana leaves in the bottom of the crock pot.
  • Add all other ingredients.
  • Fold banana leaves over the pork & liquids.
  • Cover with crock pot cover.
  • Cook on High for 4 hours.

Shaker & Spoon to Benefit Tequila Interchange Project

shaker-and-spoon-1 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 the TIP organization.  Shaker & Spoon will be matching his donation.

shaker-and-spoon-2Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Club is a monthly cocktail subscription box that is bringing the craft cocktail experience to your home with beautifully curated recipes and techniques for mixing the perfect drink, every time; enhancing the experience of drinking at home, on the go, or anywhere else. Think Blue Apron for cocktails.

tip-logoThe  Tequila Interchange Project   “is a non-profit organization and consumer advocacy group for agave distilled spirits comprised of bartenders, consultants, educators, researchers, consumers and tequila enthusiasts. Their organization advocates the preservation of sustainable, traditional and quality practices in the industries of agave distilled spirits. In light of concerning trends that are currently becoming mainstays in the production of agave distillates, TIP seeks to place a renewed emphasis on the importance of preserving the great heritage of agave distillation in Mexico”. [taken from Tequila Interchange Project

More About Shaker & Spoon

shaker-and-spoon-3Shaker & Spoon was launched to give you the knowledge and confidence to go beyond just pouring a glass of wine or opening a beer, Shaker & Spoon strives to give you the means to create the perfect mixed drink for any occasion. Each month’s 3 original recipes are based around a specific themed-liquor for that month [you provide the alcohol], so that all you need to make 12 delicious cocktails is their kit and one bottle of alcohol.

How Does It Work?

Each month Shaker & Spoon sends out a box with 3 step-by-step original recipes curated by top bartenders from around the world; with enough ingredients to make 12 cocktails [4 drinks from each recipe]. Every box is guaranteed  the highest quality ingredients to make the perfect cocktail, you provide the alcohol.

What Does It Cost?

$50 for month-to-month, or 3-months at $135 pre-pay, $250 for 6-month, $480 for 12-month –  skip or cancel anytime.

More About the Tequila Interchange Project

Tequila—and mezcal especially—has long been the domain of mostly small, family run distilleries, but, especially with the popularity of mezcal in recent years, large companies are coming in and starting to take over the production process and using their influence to stop these small farms and distillers from exporting their product as tequila or mezcal through government regulations. TIP is trying to preserve the rights of these small distilleries to continue doing what they’ve been doing for generations and keep mezcal a product of local distilleries rather than taken over by liquor conglomerates.

 

Tips

Sipping off the Cuff | Nocaut Reserva Tequila Reposado

Mike Morales and Rick Levy taste and discuss Nocaut Reserva Tequila Reposado.

From the Nocaut Reserva Website:

Carefully handcrafted from the arid, fertile fields of Amatitan, Jalisco by one of the premier tequila producers, TEQUILA SELECTO DE AMATITAN (NOM 1459) our tequila has won triple gold medals and Best of Category from the Polished Palate, SOM Spirits of Mexico competition.

Sipping off the Cuff | Nocaut Reserva Tequila Reposado http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4t1The manufacturing and bottling of Nocaut Reserva is an art form, combining old world craftsmanship, with modern technology. Each bottle is meticulously made by world renowned Artisian Craftsmen.

Nocaut Reserva uses 9 year aged, estate grown Webber’s Blue Agave. Only the finest hand-picked agaves are used to produce Nocaut. We bake our Agave in brick ovens for up to 12 hours and precipitate fermentation using naturally occurring yeast. Our tequila is Pot-Distilled, then bottled or rested.

The Reserva Reposado, and Anejo presentations find their unique satisfying notes and aromas from special charred Bourbon barrels procured from some of the top American whiskey distillers.

The four Contenders Vai for the Crown

BLANCO- The pure spirit bottled immediately after distillation. Taste chock full of 100% Blue Agave

REPOSADO- Rested in charred oak bourbon barrels for 9 months. This has a softer taste and slightly amber color.

ANEJO- Aged in charred oak bourbon barrels for a minimum of 18 months. It possesses a a dark amber color with a medium oaky taste.

EXTRA ANEJO- Aged for 4 years in American oak. This is one of a kind with a dark amber color, hints of vanilla, oak and a touch of spice.

Sipping off the Cuff | Nocaut Reserva Tequila Blanco

Mike Morales and Rick Levy taste and discuss Nocaut Reserva Tequila Blanco.

From the Nocaut Reserva Website:

Carefully handcrafted from the arid, fertile fields of Amatitan, Jalisco by one of the premier tequila producers, TEQUILA SELECTO DE AMATITAN (NOM 1459) our tequila has won triple gold medals and Best of Category from the Polished Palate, SOM Spirits of Mexico competition.

Sipping off the Cuff | Nocaut Reserva Tequila Banco http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4t0The manufacturing and bottling of Nocaut Reserva is an art form, combining old world craftsmanship, with modern technology. Each bottle is meticulously made by world renowned Artisian Craftsmen.

Nocaut Reserva uses 9 year aged, estate grown Webber’s Blue Agave. Only the finest hand-picked agaves are used to produce Nocaut. We bake our Agave in brick ovens for up to 12 hours and precipitate fermentation using naturally occurring yeast. Our tequila is Pot-Distilled, then bottled or rested.

The Reserva Reposado, and Anejo presentations find their unique satisfying notes and aromas from special charred Bourbon barrels procured from some of the top American whiskey distillers.

The four Contenders Vai for the Crown

BLANCO- The pure spirit bottled immediately after distillation. Taste chock full of 100% Blue Agave

REPOSADO- Rested in charred oak bourbon barrels for 9 months. This has a softer taste and slightly amber color.

ANEJO- Aged in charred oak bourbon barrels for a minimum of 18 months. It possesses a a dark amber color with a medium oaky taste.

EXTRA ANEJO- Aged for 4 years in American oak. This is one of a kind with a dark amber color, hints of vanilla, oak and a touch of spice.

 

Sipping Off the Cuff | Tragos Amargos Tequila Anejo

Visit Tragos Amargos Tequila Online

Sipping Off the Cuff | Tragos Amargos Tequila Anejo http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4reIn 2010 Jaime Juarez coming from 20 years in wholesale goods and Roberto Isais, with 20 years in logistics and relationships with reputable distilleries in the heart of Jalisco Mexico, decided to team up and had a vision of sourcing out the best quality spirits Mexico has to offer in Tequila .

In 2015 while 3Crowns continues working from the low lands to the highlands of Jalisco finds and creates a true sipping tequila and teams up with the perfect partner, the legendary hispanic male singer, Ramon Ayala AKA “The Accordian King” to bring you the true taste of Tequila! Tragos Amargos is such an iconic song by Ramon Ayala & Los bravos del Norte and is performed and redone by Multiple artist over and over again.

3Crowns selected the Best Agave that is grown and raised in Los Altos (Highlands) de Jalisco, due to the rich fruitful taste of which the volcanic soil gives to the Pinas. Tragos Amargos Tequila is created by using only the best Highlands 8 year old ripe agave pinas and it shows in the taste. Today one of Tragos Amargos Tequila’s slogan is “Descubre el Sabor!”, translated to “Discover the Flavor”!!

And today the same visions and pioneering still continue by Jaime Juarez & Roberto Isais to bring you
new brands and products for the spirits and cocktail Industry .Cheers!!

Sipping Off the Cuff | Tragos Amargos Tequila Reposado

Visit Tragos Amargos Tequila Online

Sipping Off the Cuff | Tragos Amargos Tequila Reposado http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4rdIn 2010 Jaime Juarez coming from 20 years in wholesale goods and Roberto Isais, with 20 years in logistics and relationships with reputable distilleries in the heart of Jalisco Mexico, decided to team up and had a vision of sourcing out the best quality spirits Mexico has to offer in Tequila .

In 2015 while 3Crowns continues working from the low lands to the highlands of Jalisco finds and creates a true sipping tequila and teams up with the perfect partner, the legendary hispanic male singer, Ramon Ayala AKA “The Accordian King” to bring you the true taste of Tequila! Tragos Amargos Liquor is such an iconic song by Ramon Ayala & Los bravos del Norte and is performed and redone by Multiple artist over and over again.

3Crowns selected the Best Agave that is grown and raised in Los Altos (Highlands) de Jalisco, due to the rich fruitful taste of which the volcanic soil gives to the Pinas. Tragos Amargos Tequila is created by using only the best Highlands 8 year old ripe agave pinas and it shows in the taste. Today one of Tragos Amargos Tequila’s slogan is “Descubre el Sabor!”, translated to “Discover the Flavor”!!

And today the same visions and pioneering still continue by Jaime Juarez & Roberto Isais to bring you new brands and products for the spirits and cocktail Industry .Cheers!!

Sipping Off the Cuff | Tragos Amargos Tequila Blanco

Visit Tragos Amargos Tequila Online

In 2010 Jaime Juarez coming from 20 years in wholesale goods and Roberto Isais, with 20 years in logistics and relationships with reputable distilleries in the heart of Jalisco Mexico, decided to team up and had a vision of sourcing out the best quality spirits Mexico has to offer in Tequila .

Sipping Off the Cuff | Tragos Amargos Tequila Blanco http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4rcIn 2015 while 3Crowns continues working from the low lands to the highlands of Jalisco finds and creates a true sipping tequila and teams up with the perfect partner, the legendary hispanic male singer, Ramon Ayala AKA “The Accordian King” to bring you the true taste of Tequila! Tragos Amargos Liquor is such an iconic song by Ramon Ayala & Los bravos del Norte and is performed and redone by Multiple artist over and over again.

3Crowns selected the Best Agave that is grown and raised in Los Altos (Highlands) de Jalisco, due to the rich fruitful taste of which the volcanic soil gives to the Pinas. Tragos Amargos Tequila is created by using only the best Highlands 8 year old ripe agave pinas and it shows in the taste. Today one of Tragos Amargos Tequila’s slogan is “Descubre el Sabor!”, translated to “Discover the Flavor”!!

And today the same visions and pioneering still continue by Jaime Juarez & Roberto Isais to bring you new brands and products for the spirits and cocktail Industry .Cheers!!

Sipping Off the Cuff | El Consuelo Tequila Blanco

El Consuelo Organic Tequila Blanco

El Consuelo’s Story:

Sipping Off the Cuff | El Consuelo Tequila Blanco http://wp.me/p3u1xi-4rbEl Consuelo 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 El Consuelo makes tequila the way tequila was meant to be, pure, smooth, and flavorful.

Enjoy, From the Mountains of Jalisco for the World to share.

OUR ORIGINS
El Consuelo is produced in the village of LAGUNILLAS MPIO DE ATOTONILCO EL ALTO whereby the community is engaged in every detail, from harvest through distillation & aging. This vertically integrated approach is very different from an arms-length transaction of importing product, or buying liquid from a distillery.

We make tequila the way that tequila was meant to be, pure, free of chemicals, or any additives. We do not contract with a distillery for the purchase of liquid, nor do we buy agave plants on the open market. Ever step of the tequila making process is done by the hands of our own farmers, from our own agave fields, with our own proprietary yeast, using own distillery, and our own bottling process. We believe OUR homemade process produces the best tasting tequila in the world.

Sipping Off the Cuff | Scorpion Mezcal Barril Karwinski (aka Madre Cuixe)

Find Scorpion Mezcal Online

Scorpion Mezcal is an award-winning family of 100% Agave distilled spirits, made in Oaxaca, one of the official and traditional homes of mezcal making in Mexico.