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It's Not Over Until The Mezcal Is Poured: Fidencio Rosa Mexicano Private Label Mezcal

What do you do with the end of your day?  Hopefully it's not what you do with the beginning of your day.  The hope could be that the views of a crowded lunch counter are swapped out for sites of dinner with a view of the skyline.  Perhaps, the elbow to elbow fight for space on the subway can be traded out for a cigar & leather club chair with room for only your elbows.  Catching glimpses of the exhausted face staring back at you under the fluorescent lights of your company's washroom can hopefully give way to staring at an exciting new cocktail menu at your favorite restaurant under candlelight.  

So with exciting and new on the brain, let me tell you about a new undertaking from a Mexican cuisine staple that has satisfied and sustained the culinary cravings of many a New Yorker.  Rosa Mexicano, a New York City and now national staple since 1984 and the original establishment to make fresh guacamole table side, has a special new endeavor in the wine & spirit world that will make your dining moment a complete full-circle culinary experience.  This year marks Rosa Mexicano's 35th Anniversary.  So with celebration on the brain, enter the first-ever private label mezcal from Rosa Mexicano in partnership with the esteemed Fidencio mezcal in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca. 

Appropriately named Fidencio Rosa Mexicano, this exciting mezcal is hand-crafted for over two years in bourbon barrels.  However, they're not just any bourbon barrels.  These barrels are from the Greenbrier Distillery in Nashville, TN, a single-barrel bourbon distillery that has been crafting quality bourbons since shortly after the Civil War.  The result is a 100% estate grown mezcal that merges classic technique along with the vast fluidity of agave varieties together with the seasoned ingrained loveliness that is rooted within delightful and valuable oak bourbon barrels.  What you taste from that result is simply pleasing.  The herbal smokiness of the first sip, letting the deep tingly sensation seduce your tongue and gums and taking the warm and smooth tenured gulp all leaves you with a pleasing and satisfying finish that is all part of the journey with this unique mezcal experience.  

On a blustery evening earlier this month I had the pleasure of truly discovering this delicious mezcal under the guidance of Courtenay Greenleaf, Rosa Mexicano's versed resident Master Mezcalier who showed me how to properly prepare your mouth, from tip of tongue to spreading over the gums, to enjoy the full essence of Fidencio Rosa Mexicano.  After the tasting, I picked Ms. Greenleaf's brain to see how she would pair this stellar mezcal with food to make the complete dining experience.  She recommended salty and rich carnitas and even pungent cheeses to compliment the clean but complex profile of this mezcal for something savory and dark chocolate with even hints of salt and/or nuts for something sweet.  Fidencio RM is a great satisfying sipper for any course of your meal or to use as a substitute in your favorite cocktails like a mule or and an old-fashioned.  

However, just don't take my word for it.  Fidencio Rosa Mexicano Private Label Mezcal will be available in-house on February 1st at all locations nationwide.  Plan accordingly and drink responsibly as this wonderful partnership is a limited release with only 36 cases available and split evenly throughout 10 of their 11 locations nationwide.  For more information on Fidencio Rosa Mexicano, to explore a culinary experience at Rosa Mexicano and for locations, head on over to their website here and plan a perfectly delicious end to your day.

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Gingerly Counting The Days: Bottoms Up Ginger Beer

The holidays are over so if you're anything like me you're resting and recuperating before the next wave of corporate-sanctioned holiday temptations roll in.  How do you make it to another President's Day or how do you get through a solitary Valentine's Day without going overboard since soon St. Patty's Day will come knocking.  Cocktails are a way.  Not to suggest that a cocktail is the coping mechanism or the cure-all, but they sure suggest a better way to temporarily relax until the next rush of commercialism.  

But then why must I be so dark.  For holidays were in fact created to celebrate and commemorate our special days as a nation.  However, while we do honor the natures of those days, seeing what trumps the significance from them could turn anyone to mix, stir and pour over ice.  Enter Bottoms Up Unfiltered Ginger Beer from The Ginger People.  You know The Ginger People, those connoisseurs of all things ginger from candies to liquid shots to latte mixes to sauces?  Well their Bottoms Up ginger beer is a nice walk into that world with its sweet effervescence and familiar peppery delight that's both smooth and pleasant and completely doable as a refresher on its own or as a compliment to a grown and sexy cocktail.     

Actually, why am I talking?  Some people are lovers, not fighters and I'd rather lead to the water and not just tell you about it.  So check out the original recipe below featuring the tasty Bottoms Up Ginger Beer:

The Bomb 'Not-So' Tonic

5 ounces          Bottoms Up Ginger Beer
2 1/2 ounces    Brockmans Gin
1 tsp                 Fresh Lime Juice
3 splashes        Agnostura Bitters
1 wheel            Lime
1 wheel            Lemon
1 sprig             Mint

Fill a rocks glass with ice.  Pour in gin, lime juice then the ginger beer.  Stir then add the splashes of bitters and stir again.  Next garnish glass with lime, lemon and mint sprig.

This is a really refreshing drink that takes the mature vibe of a gin & tonic and mellows it out with sweetness and the underlying soothing heat of the ginger beer.  The strong floral notes of the Brockmans Gin shine so lovely in this drink and you get the full flavor of the fragrant ginger beer and gin which are nicely evened out by the subtle tart and bitter additions.  

I don't know how you mentally prepare for the onslaught of yearly holidays, but why not sip a cocktail while you explore your game plan.  Bottoms Up Ginger Beer is available now at and at most Wholefoods locations.

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