Liquid Living Magazine

Spirits of Mexico 2005

Taquitos & Tequileros, Mezcal & Mariachis, Salsa and Sotol, Albondigas and more! On Thursday night, September 15, The Spirits of Mexico event celebrates the 184th anniversary of Mexico’s freedom from Spain, on the eve of Mexican Independence Day.

Come join us as we honor Mexican Independence Day at Cantina de Reyes in Old Town’s Plaza del Pasado.

Dine on Albondigas, Chorizos al Vino, Flautus de Pollo, Quesadillas, Taquitos and sample from the extensive Nacho Bar and more, while Three Amigos stroll throughout the courtyard playing Los Californios and Mariachi styles.

Taste the oldest distilled spirit in North America, Mezcal. Scorpion Mezcal, in which a scorpion exoskeleton cryogenically rests, was lauded as Food & Wine Magazine’s Spirit of the Year. The lushness of Scorpion’s Reposado and Anejos is enhanced by the French Oak in which each are aged.

Ever loved anything so much your heart ached palpably? Then savor every sip of El Duende’s most noble bottlings of Tequilas. El Duende makes its debut this night.

Have you stood on the rim of the Grand Canyon? When breath returns, when you feel once again rooted firmly in place, when your synapses start to fire again, you wonder in awe at its majesty? And then imagine a canyon eight times larger. In the Copper Canyon, in the state of Chihuahua, a delicate and highly specialized agave grows, its destination, Sotol. Delicious and crisp, Sotol completes the three types of agave spirits you will sample at The Spirits of Mexico.

You will find that all of the aforementioned are paralleled by the rich and voluptuous taste of 1921 Tequila’s Cream. This Cream begins with 1921 Tequilas, which also present their most dignified bottlings of Blanco, Reposado and Anejo.

Phillip Soto Mares, President of El Duende and Catador Oficial de La Academia Mexicana del Tequila, A.C., will be hosting 15 minute seminars on agave spirits on behalf of this distinguished Academy. Mark Cannon of Poco Tequila, the editors of 100% Tequila Magazine, and a host of Master Distillers will be on hand to enrich the celebration.

Our Silent Auction benefits the Sky Ranch Foundation. Rare and highly prized bottlings of these Mexican spirits await your bidding. Established in 1960, the Sky Ranch Foundation has been helping troubled youth for more than 45 years.

James Michener wrote in his novel ‘Mexico’, “the maguey is a symbol of the Mexican spirit. They are like dancers with beautiful hands. They lend grace and dignity to the land and have always been the symbol of peace and construction. From their bruised leaves were made the paper upon which records were kept. Its dried leaves formed the thatch for homes, its fibers, the threads that made clothing possible. Its thorns were the pins and needles while its white roots provided the vegetables for sustenance”.

“And, its juice became the ‘honey’ ” from which Mezcal, Tequila and Sotol are distilled. The maguey, of the genus Agave, is aptly taken from the Greek meaning ‘noble’.

Come and taste these and more noble spirits, as we celebrate on the eve of Mexican Independence Day at Cantina de Reyes in Old Town’s Plaza del Pasado. The festivities begin at 5:30PM and end at 9:30PM. Tickets can be purchased in advance online. Prices are $40 per person in advance, all major credit cards accepted. Tickets at the door are $50 per person and cash only.

And please always drink responsibly. Must be 21 years or older to attend event. Photo ID mandatory.

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