It’s June already and heat has finally started to play its part in sunny Cabo. And despite my column being mainly about wine and the harsh life of the sommelier, this time I have something different for your palate and it is something fresh, yellow and spicy. It is served chilled and on the rocks and I designed specifically for our hot season. I won’t tease you anymore; I am talking about our new mango mezcal cocktail, made with fresh mangoes, which are on right now all over Cabo, Legendario™ Mezcal, which is one of my favorite every day Mezcals; and lemon juice with a touch of fresh ginger. Racy, smooth and refreshing, this drink is a must try whenever you visit the restaurant. The other new addition to our signature drink list is a premium Gin & Tonic. Fever Tree™ tonic water, cucumber, lavender, strawberries from Vizcaíno, basil and complex Canadian Ungava™ Gin make the structure of a top quality thirst quencher. Did I mention that it is served in a 21 oz Chabela Glass for your convenience? That is almost a bottle of wine in one drink. Perfect for a warm evening, I encourage you to try these two new signature –in house designed- drinks and share your thoughts and comments with me, as we value your opinions more than any ongoing worldwide trend. Now, just in case you haven’t heard about Mezcal or Ungava before, I will elaborate some brief descriptions to help describe the drinks a little more.
Mezcal, in principle, is a spirit distilled from any Agave plant in Mexico. In reality, only 9 states can label their bottles with the word “Mezcal” in them, because of the DO and its idiosyncrasies. That being said, in essence, any spirit distilled from Agaves is a form of Mezcal, be it Bacanora, Raicilla and even Tequila. The particularity of bottles labeled “Mezcal” is that it is more of a traditional or even artisan production, with no modern technology involved in most of the products and an inherent organic quality (because of the traditional means of production) attached to every bottle. You can find more than a dozen of popular agaves used in the production, and these agaves are the primal players in the aromas and flavors that the spirit will develop. Some common agaves are Espadín, Barril, Cuixe, Madre Cuixe, Mexicano, Papalote, etc. With these determinants Mezcal comes in many different profiles, from flowery and scented to earthy, mineral and spicy. Legendario Mezcal is the main ingredient of the Mango Mezcal cocktail (and mango), and it happens to be an Espadín Mezcal, citrusy with hints of tropical fruit and a touch of peat are the main notes of its taste profile and the reason why it was chosen to conform a mango and ginger cocktail.
Gin, on the other hand, is known and loved by many and it is the quintessential perfumed spirit. Its main flavor profile should be that of juniper berries and there are many types, the most popular one being London dry. This spirit is originally from Europe, however, Ungava is Canadian, and the New World spin adds flavors characteristic of this side of the Atlantic. Wild Rose Hips, Northern Labrador tea, Cloudberry, Crowberry, and Nordic Juniper conform the racy profile of this distinctive Gin. Fever Tree Indian Tonic water is made with 100% natural ingredients and has a very intense herbal and bitter flavor. The cucumber and strawberries add our own touch to the drink and on top of that, we also throw a couple lavender leafs from our in-house organic garden. This is a perfect combination for the warm summer days that invite to an evening of taste and relaxation.
As always, I extend a cordial invitation to pass by our restaurant and enjoy our atmosphere, even if it is only for drinks, we have an ample lounge area that is still open (we close it sometimes in August) for you to enjoy an evening of delight.