Tuesday, June 24, 2014

La Chona - Tequila Tuesday!

I am going to share a drink created by m
y good friend Joseph Valdovinos (of Playground) that I found on the ArteNOM facebook page that features Tequila ArteNOM Seleccion 1580 (click the link to see my write-up) and Calisaya liquor (click the link to see the quick write up I did). 

So Joe wanted to do a take on a Champs Elysee cocktail swapping the Brandy for Tequila and Chartreuse for Calisaya--NAILED IT! This drink is fantastic. I had already used Calisaya and ArteNOM 1414 in a cocktail (called the Selection-click it if you want), so I knew they would be a great team, but this drink is so much more fresh and vibrant.
To add a even more fun to the drink Joe named it after a song that is seriously playful, about a girl who is the life of the party--just like this drink... so here is:

La Chona.

1 1/2oz. ArteNOM 1580
1/2oz. Calisaya liqueur
1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon juice
1/2oz. Simple syrup
3 dashes house Bitters (or 1 dash angostura bitters)

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Check out the video for La Chona the song:

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Mezcal Monday: Ivy Room- Apocalypto!

I was reminded of this drink because of a post on the Mina Real facebook page. I was up in the East Bay, Albany in particular, and it by the way--it was happening at the Ivy Room!

Ronaldo (owner /operator at The Ivy Room) made this drink, and it was AWESOME! Graciously, he shared the recipe, but I have been having the hardest time finding La Mestiza Liqueur, so I guess you'll have to do what I did and go to The Ivy and have it!

I wrote about Mina Real Silver here . . . and the La Mestiza Licor is a 'Nance' liqueur made by the good folks a D'Aristi. Nance is a flavor that is hard to pin down... mango, passionfruit (way less acidity), cantaloupe, casaba . . .like I said - - tough-to-pin-down! I have not had this liqueur straight (in my arrogance, I thought I could find it, after I had this lovely drink at the Ivy--but I FAILED), in the drink it is a juicy song of complexity and balance.

Without further 'ado' here is the recipe, created by the master himself. Ronaldo Colli:


1 1/2 Oz Mina Mezcal.
1/2 La Mestiza liqueur
2 dashes of orange bitters
1 Lemon peel
In a bucket glass pour Mina Mezcal, la Mestiza liqueur, bitters and ice to the top, stir and garnish with lemon peel rimmed around the glass.

When you try it, think of me . . .
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Mezcal Monday: A Palenque . . .

Well I posted the photos from my trip to tequila, but not my trip to Oaxaca . . .WHAT???
Oaxaca was a paradigm shift. The people, the kindness, the mezcal. There was so much to see and experience I can not wait to return.
These photos are of the palenque that makes Mina Real and Don Amado. They have been doing mezcal distillation here for 300 years (give or take). There are-at least-11 generations of technique and skill past down through this family line and it is clear in their mezcal.
You will see that they have a couple earthen pits (for Don Amado) and also a clay oven (for Mina Real) to roast the agave. They use a an 'Olla', or a ceramic stills to distill both of these delectable mezcals, but I am going to let the pictures do the talking.
Earthen pit for roasting agave
Earthen pit for roasting agave
Clay oven for roasting agave

Fermentation vat

Wood fired 'Olla'
Wood fired 'Olla'

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Mezcal Monday: Mezcal Don Amado

I have been so excited to see these new Mezcal Don Amado labels and try the new bottling ABV / proof on each one. Here is a before and after picture of the Plata next to the Rustico: Very sexy . . right?

The new ABV / Proof will be:
Rustico- 47% ABV~94 Proof
Reposado 45% ABV~90 Proof
AƱejo 43.5% ABV~87 Proof

The ABV (Alcohol by volume) is adjusted purified spring water (instead of using the deadly heads or disgusting tails from the distillate--which is how some people adjust to their standardized ABV.).

The beautiful new Mezcal Don Amado labels were designed by Dave Stolte, the awesome and wonderful author of Home Bar Basics.

Here is a picture of all three of them together:

These should be hitting the market in a couple months. I will write them up as soon as I see them.

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