Summer Refreshers from The Spirits of Mexico

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Tequila & Mezcal Tasting at The Spirits of Mexico, San Diego September 16 and Summer Cocktail creations from our participating brands

The sound of waves splashing on the ocean shore. Outdoor Bar-B-Ques. Beach Volleyball. Surf’s up! Summer’s finally here. No more reminiscing. It’s that time of the year to get out and enjoy, or, to just ‘sip back and relax’ with a good read and some Margaritas, Palomas and other thirst quenchers.

While the Spirits of Mexico event in San Diego takes place at the outer reaches of summer, why not polish your palate with some of these delightfully refreshing cocktails this summer (see below). Or, simply float a slice of blood orange in a luscious anejo from Tequilas Oro Azul, Sauza, Tres Generaciones, Partida, El Tesoro, Corazon, Herradura, 4 Copas, Scorpion Mezcal, Gran Centenario, Chaya and from Scorpion Mezcal.

All of these Tequilas, Mezcals and more will be sipped while sampling from an assortment of culinary delights this September 16, the 185th Anniversary of Mexican Independence, at The Spirits of Mexico at the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center.

Meet Phillip Soto Mares, Catador Oficial de La Academia Mexicana del Tequila, A.C. & President of Duende, LLC and Sofia Partida of Partida Tequila. Each will be hosting private Seminars during our VIP hour. Cocktail Times will be on hand to help with entertaining ideas. The Museum of the American Cocktail will host a Mixology Seminar. Guest appearances by Master Distillers and Experts including Mark Cannon of PocoTequila, a Silent Auction benefiting Sky Ranch Foundation, featuring rare and collectable spirits and more, await you.

VIP Hour starts at 4PM

General Admission begins at 5PM

Event ends at 9PM

Tickets may now be purchased on-line at

And, Mark Your Calendar With These Other Fall Dates

New York City

Oct 16     RumFest                Valbella Restaurant

Oct 23     VodkaFest with Gin     Valbella Restaurant

Tampa, Florida

Nov 18 VodkaFest with Gin     Cuban Club

Enjoy these fine cocktails courtesy of our Participating Tequila and Mezcal Brands

Cactus Juice                

2 oz. Oro Azul Reposado Tequila    

½ oz. Amaretto                

4 oz. Sweet & Sour Mix                

Pour all ingredients in order and serve in a tall highball glass with ice

Mango Margarita (Blended)

1 oz. Para Mi Blanco Tequila

2 sliced ripe mangos

3 Tablespoons of sugar

½ fresh squeezed lime

½ cup sparkling water

2 cups of ice

Sauza Hacienda Vampiro        

2 parts Sauza Hacienda Tequila    

4 parts Sangrita            

Fill with Ice and orange soft drink    

Salt the rim                    

Green Iguana

2 Parts Corazon Blanco Tequila

1 part Melon Liqueur

1 part simple syrup

½ part fresh lime juice

Mezcal Café su Da             

(Vietnamese Coffee with Mezcal)    

1 oz. Scorpion Silver Mezcal        

1 oz. sweetened condensed Milk (low fat milk ok too)

4 oz. strong coffee                

Stir with lots of ice and enjoy         

created by Chris Carlsson, Spirits Review    

Herradura Paloma Cocktail

2 oz. Herradura Silver Tequila

6 oz. Club Soda

1 splash lime juice

pinch of Salt

Pour Herradura into a salt-rimmed collins glass filled with ice cubes. Fill with club soda. Splash of lime. Garnish with lime wheel

Sauza Reposado Champagne Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Sauza Tres Generaciones Reposado Tequila

2 oz. Champagne

1 oz. Freshly squeezed lime juice


Pour all ingredients in a mixing glass, stir. Pour into a chilled champagne glass

Platinum Lemon Drop

2 parts El Tesoro Platinum Tequila

1 part fresh squeezed lemon juice (or lemonade)

½ tsp. Superfine Sugar

Shake with ice and serve in a martíni glass


2 ½ oz. Partida Anejo

1 oz. Palma pomegranate liqueur

3 ½ oz. fresh squeezed Ojai pixie tangerine juice (Substitute with any small tangerine, smaller the better)

Shake, strain and pour into large martini glass. Garnish with orange slice

Created by Mark Dorsey from AMMO in Los Angeles, CA

Please Polish Your Palate Responsibly

¼ oz. Samples Permitted Only

Must be 21 or over to participate

Photo I.D. Required


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