The 10th Anniversary Spirits of Mexico Festival infuses New York City with Agave Spirits
The 10th-anniversary Spirits of Mexico Festival was held in New York City on May 29th at the Astor Center. According to the IWSC Group, the festival’s organizer, this event was the most successful one yet, with the highest number of attendees in the New York event’s history. A total of 24 brands and 50 expressions of agave spirits were presented to the crowd of more than 250 attendees.
“New York City has truly embraced these spirits and our Spirits of Mexico event,” stated Dori Bryant, the event’s founder. “Our success here has given us great momentum and we are thrilled to take the tour on to Chicago and San Diego.”
Guests sipped some of the finest Tequilas and intriguing Mezcals while sampling cuisine from Agave NY. Selections such as tuna tartare, beef crostini and cochinita pibil tacos were offered. In addition, all proceeds from the festival’s silent auction benefited the Sky Ranch Foundation, which provides support for at-risk youth.
Agave NY Bar Manager Jason Silverman created the Spirits of Mexico New York City Cocktail of 2013: the Riverdale Swizzle. The cocktail consists of Don Modesto Reposado Tequila, kumquat-infused Dainzu agave syrup, fino sherry, fresh lemon and kumquat juices, Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters and kumquat marmalade.
A tasting panel, hosted by Gregg Glaser of Modern Distillery Age, included some of the industry’s finest palates who blind tasted a selection of featured tequila, mezcal and other spirits; afterwards all and mixed with guests at the event.
Participating brands included: Casa 1921 Tequila, Don Modesto Tequila, El Jimador Tequila, El Tinieblo Mezcal, Herradura Tequila, King Cocktail Company, The Liquid Chef, eleven brands of mezcal courtesy of Mezcal from Oaxaca, Milagro Tequila, Olmeca Altos Tequila, Suerte Tequila, SX Liquors, T1 Tequila Uno and Qui Tequila.