Bandero Tequila

Bandero Tequila: Drink to the Spirit of the Revolution

As we fight against the continuous and unjust killing of black lives, we find ourselves searching for moments of joy.  Happy memories from our past to fight the internal rage. This rage has forced us to take social media and news breaks, but we still cheer on the revolution. In keeping with the spirit of this current revolution, we’re highlighting a tequila that is “el espíritu de la revolución,” or, “Spirit of the Revolution.” We also had an experience with it that brought us so much joy. Just a little over a year ago, we were invited to partake in a mixology class with Bandero Tequila and Ricardo Calderon. It was an incredibly fun experience, one we will hold onto forever. We loved it for many reasons; the camaraderie; the relaxing environment; and as we learned that day, just how delicious Bandero Tequila is.

Bandero Tequila

It was the first time we saw it in person and we were immediately enamored with the bottle. In case you’re unfamiliar, the award-winning Bandero Blanco is radical in flavor and style. It features bold flavors and an authentic leather-bound canteen bottle. Twice distilled, Bandero uses the finest Blue Weber Agave cultivated from the hills of the Los Altos Highlands in Jalisco, Mexico; known worldwide as the only location for authentic Tequilas. The agave plants at this higher elevation experience cooler nights, less rain and colder winters, transforming Bandero into a sweeter, richer “pineapple.” The hardened red clay soil of Los Altos forces the Bandero agave roots to work harder to find this region’s special crystalline waters while gathering copious amounts of minerals. The result is a richer agave, high in natural sugar with notes of pear and peach.

Since we’re all far from attending a mixology class, we present two cocktails brought to life with this premium tequila. While Bandero Tequila is ideal for sipping, these two great cocktail recipes are a delicious way you can enjoy Bandero’s radical flavor.

The Bandero “Quarantina” Margarita

The Bandero "Quarantina" Margarita
2 oz of Bandero Tequila
3/4 oz of Orange Juice (Fresh Squeezed if you have).
1 oz Cointreau, Triple Sec, or Another Orange Liqueur (if available).
Splash of Club Soda
Garnish with 1/2 Orange Wheel
Mix in a Large Glass or add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over ice and add a splash of Club Soda. Garnish with an Orange Wedge.

Bubbles Before Midnight

Bandero Tequuila Bubbles Before Midnight Cocktail
1.5oz Bandero Blanco tequila
0.5oz grenadine syrup
0.5oz lime juice
Brut champagne top
Combine all ingredients EXCEPT champagne in a shaker tin with ice and short-shake. Strain into a champagne flute, top with champagne. Zest & rim glass with lemon peel, place on a rim of the glass.

Whether you’re out protesting across this broken nation or sharing news and knowledge from home, we raise a glass to you in this, our revolution. Here’s to our black voices being heard; here’s to our black lives and our bodies, mattering! ¡Viva la Revolución!

Cinco de Mayo at-Home Cocktail Recipes from Casamigos Tequila

Cinco de Mayo at-Home Cocktail Recipes from Casamigos Tequila

We’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo with four at-home cocktails from Casamigos’ family of tequilas. If you’re a beginner bartender or cocktail-making connoisseur, these delicious Casamigos specialty cocktails will make everyone happy. Whether you prefer margaritas, Palomas, or frescos, we’ve got you covered with these Casamigos Tequila drink recipes you can easily make at home.

Cinco de Mayo at-Home Cocktail Recipes from Casamigos Tequila

The Casamigos Blanco Tequila rests for 2 months and is crisp and clean with a long smooth finish. Casamigos Reposado Tequila is aged for 7 months in the finest American oak barrels and is soft, slightly oaky with a medium to long smooth finish. Casamigos Mezcal, available in Joven (or Blanco), is balanced and elegant, offering harmonious hints of tamarind, pomegranate, banana, and mango with the right amount of smoke.


Casamigos Casa Paloma Cocktail

2 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
.75 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
.25 oz. Agave Nectar
Splash with Grapefruit Soda
Garnish with Grapefruit Slice
Combine all ingredients, except grapefruit soda into a shaker. Add ice, shake vigorously, and strain in a rocks glass. Add fresh ice, top off with grapefruit soda, and garnish.


Cinco de Mayo at-Home Cocktail Recipes from Casamigos Tequila

2 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
1.5 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz. Agave Nectar
3 Cucumber Slices
8-10 Mint Leaves
Top with Soda Water
Garnish with Mint Sprig and Cucumber Slice. Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker, except soda water. Muddle fruit/herbs. Add ice. Shake vigorously. Fine strain into a collins glass. Add fresh ice. Top off with soda water. Garnish with mint sprig through cucumber slice and place on top of the glass.


Casamigos Spicy Strawberry Basil Margarita

2 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
2 Full Strawberries OR .25 oz. Strawberry Puree by REAL
.5 oz. Simple Syrup
4 Basil Leaves
2 Serrano Slices
2 Dashes Peychauds Bitters
1/2 Thick Rim Equal Parts Salt/Sugar/Tajín
Garnish with a large basil leaf and Serrano slice. Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker. Muddle fruit/herbs. Add ice, shake vigorously, and fine strain into a rimmed rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish.


Casamigos Smoky Casa Margarita

2 oz. Casamigos Mezcal
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
.75 oz. Agave Nectar
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Garnish with a Flamed Orange Peel
Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker. Add ice. Shake well. Strain into a rocks glass. Add fresh ice. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.

We hope these delicious Cinco de Mayo cocktails bring you a little joyful fun during these times of uncertainty. What are you drinking today?


The Tasting Room: An Evening With Joey Angelo and VIVA XXXII Tequila

An evening enjoying a great cocktail is always a good time but an evening enjoying great cocktails and learning all about the spectacular spirit from the CEO of the brand is a truly an amazing experience. That’s what we got to enjoy when we partaked in a tasting event with Joey Angelo, President, and CEO of VIVA XXXII Tequila.


We enjoyed an intimate tequila tasting of these exquisite tequilas (handcrafted in Tequila, Mexico), as Joey Angelo walked us through the rich flavors and powerful aromas of the three varieties of VIVA XXXII Tequila – Joven, Reposado, and the newest addition, Extra Anejo. We enjoyed delicious pairings with all three tequilas, as he also educated the event’s guests on VIVA’s charity connections.


If you’re not yet familiar, VIVA XXXII Tequila is meant to sip and savor, but priced so you can indulge. This award-winning, handcrafted tequila is more interested in you enjoying their tequila instead of their overhead cost. That’s why although their tequilas are superb and their packaging eye-catching and chic, their tequila is wonderfully affordable. You have to love a brand that cares more about their customers than their bottom line, especially when their product is on par with more “expensive” tequila offerings.


The crystal clear Joven Tequila is made with 100% Blue Agave Blanco tequila blended with their 3-year old extra Anejo. Its flavor profile is crisp and clear with lemon peel, white pepper, vanilla, and hints of citrus. Its aroma is just as crisp thanks to its notes of lemon, white pepper, verbena, and yerba buena. This made it the perfect base for the slightly spicy ginger-turmeric cocktail we enjoyed.


The pale gold Reposado (pictured in the middle of the very first photo) is made from 100% Blue Agave tequila which has been rested in American Oak barrels for six months. Its tasting notes features hints of vanilla, caramel, nutmeg, and cinnamon with an aroma of agave forward with vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of toasted nuts. The newest member of the VIVA XXXII Tequila family is the Extra Anejo.


This sipping Extra Anejo is dark amber in color with a rich and balanced profile thanks to it being rested in American Oak barrels for a minimum of three years. Because its aging process is longer, it’s tasting notes brings forth fruit notes with hints of caramel, sandalwood, and honey on the palate. This makes this tequila full-bodied with an exceptionally smooth finish.

Believe it or not, the taste and the bottle design aren’t the only amazing things about this brand. Did you know that 10% of net proceeds from the sales of these bottles help rescue animals from animal abuse? How amazing is that? You will notice this by the adorable sketch of a dog featured on the bottom side of each bottle.

We truly loved all three varieties but especially loved the crispness of the Joven. Tell us, dear readers, have you tried VIVA XXXII Tequila? What are your thoughts on this premium and affordable tequila?


Talking Tequila | Partida Tequlia

In the highly competitive world of super premium tequila, brands really have do something special to stand out from the rest. Whether it’s a result of crafty marketing or some revolutionary production process, each brand strives to have at least one claim to fame. Partida Tequila raises the bar even higher with several unique and memorable characteristics.

Partida’s Tequila is made with 100% pure blue agave found near a dormant volcano in Tequila Valley. Besides cultivating from a well-known and respected region, Partida Tequila waits anywhere up to 10 years, allowing their selection of la pina to grow sweeter and more flavorful.

In the spirit of maintaining a high-quality product, Partida uses a state-of-the-art distillation process to ensure a consistent smooth agave taste. All of their tequilas are twice distilled and hand-poured into their distinctive curved bottles. The Reposado and Anejo variations are aged in one-pass Jack Daniel’s American Oak barrels and spend an additional 50% more time aging than standards dictate, producing a naturally colored and non-abrasive tequila. Partida describes it best, “simply pure Tequila goodness”. Get to know this trio of tequilas through their tasting notes below:

Tasting Notes:

  1. Blanco – Crisp tasting with a bright aroma. Smells of citrus and melons. Slight heat on tongue after swallow, followed by a clean finish.
  2. Reposado – Called “The Bentley of Reposado’s”, this aged tequila features a slight smoky scent with hints of vanilla. A natural sweetness and very light spiciness, smooth all throughout.
  3. Anejo – A perfect blend of Partida Tequila and American Whiskey, this golden tequila features a significant scent from barrel aging and notes of dried fruits. Flavorful with hints of banana, chocolate and sweet pear, with sophisticated spiciness to taste.
If you’re not really a tequila drinker or just wants to avoid the devastating condition known as STF (“Shitty Tequila Face”, known to affect those who drink awful tequila), you’d be wise to get to know the smooth and delicious offerings from Partida Tequila.
Written by Andrew HoChoy
Edited by Glasgow Skinner
***A huge thank you to Gentleman Blogger, Andrew HoChoy of The Digital Gent for sharing his wonderful palate with My Life on and off the Guest List on sampling Partida Tequila. Make sure to check out his blog***