On this edition of the NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias we feature more interviews from Tales of the Cocktail with a focus on Mexico! We chat with Larry Smith of Casa d’Aristi, Juan Pablo González of Miel de Tierra, and Graciela González of Destilería González González, makers of Exotico and El Mayor Tequilas. We also talk about Satchmo SummerFest, Coolinary Month, and more!
Pictured above from left – Graciela González of Destilería González González, Teddy Blumenthal of Sylvain, and Bryan Dias of NOLADrinks.
The NOLADrinks Show – 8-3-17 – Interviews from Tales of the Cocktail with a Focus on Mexico
We kick-off the show talking more about Tales of the Cocktail and the interviews we feature today. We also detail this weekend’s music happening – Satchmo SummerFest taking place at the Old US Mint Building in honor of New Orleans great, Louis Armstrong!
We begin our interviews, recorded at Tales of the Cocktail with a Focus on Mexico, with Larry Smith of Casa d’Aristi distillery located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mérida. It is a family-owned operation founded in 1935 that still shows a deep connection to the Mayan tradition of the region. We taste three of their liqueurs – Huana – made from Guanabana, Kalani – made from fermented fresh coconut milk blended with pure Mexican sugar cane rum, and their Xtabentún – an anisette that also blends honey with rum. It’s an interesting tasting and conversation.
Then, Juan Pablo González (pictured at left), CEO/founder of Miel de Tierra Mezcal joins the show. He shares his passion and love of tradition for agave distillates. We touch on their commitment to the conversation of bees (“Miel de Tierra” means “honey of the Earth.”) Of course, we taste a couple of their Mezcal expressions, which are very unique and unlike many you have tried.
We close out the interviews with Graciela González, Tequila Ambassador and co-owner of Destilería González González. We talk about her family history, including four generations in the business. Her dad, Rodolfo, is the master distiller. We taste their Exotico Blanco and their El Mayor Reposado. Graciela also touches on her role as a woman working in the Tequila business.
We close out the show talking about the sad passing of David Montes de Oca, proprietor of Tacqueria Chilangos in Kenner. They were the top winner at this past spring’s Top Taco NOLA event. We discuss Coolinary Month here in New Orleans – a great chance to sample a huge number of restaurants in town for a great price all-month long.
Please note – we would like to give a special shout-out and thanks to Sylvain for allowing to us set up shop in the restaurant and tape numerous interviews during Tales of the Cocktail. We’ve got lots more to come…
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