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Rosa Mexicano’s Private Label Mezcal from Fidencio Mezcal

Rosa Mexicano Unveils Exclusive Private Label Mezcal

In an age of mass production, excess, and fast everything, more people are looking for something special; things that are exclusive, limited edition, and not mass produced. This is true of experiences, fashion and beauty, and food & drinks. Today we highlight something that falls into the latter category. For a limited time, Rosa Mexicano is offering limited edition Private Label Mezcal, a single-barrel-crafted Mexican spirit. That’s right, the first authentic, fine-dining Mexican restaurant in New York is welcoming another first – the first restaurant produced mezcal! This smoky, seductive, and smooth mezcal honors the innovation they are known for. Plus, it is a great way to  celebrate the 35th anniversary of Rosa Mexicano. Ever since its creation by Founder Josefina Howard, the festive restaurant has been offering authentic, fine-dining Mexican fare to the New Yorkers since 1984.

Rosa Mexicano’s Private Label Mezcal from Fidencio Mezcal

Starting February 1st, all Rosa Mexicano patrons will be able to enjoy this exclusive, limited edition Private Label Mezcal.  The Rosa Mexicano’s Private Label Mezcal is a hands-on collaboration between Rosa Mexicano’s Master Mezcalier Courtenay Greenleaf and Arik Torren, owner of Fidencio Mezcal in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Rosa Mexicano’s Private Label Mezcal from Fidencio Mezcal

This unique Mezcal was aged in Belle Meade bourbon barrels from Greenbrier Distillery, a Nashville, TN, single-barrel bourbon distillery that was founded just after the Civil War. The single-barrel Mezcal was aged 2 years, 4.5 months (a total of 857 days). This very limited edition offering bosts only 36 cases, or 222 bottles, and once they are done, they are gone for good.

So how can you partake in this exclusive Mezcal? By visiting your nearest Rosa Mexicano of course. Rosa Mexicano’s Private Label Mezcal will be available starting February 1st at 10 select Rosa Mexicano locations. In New York City: First Avenue, by Lincoln Center, Union Square, and Tribeca; the other locations include New Jersey, Boston, Washington, DC, National Harbor, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Join the many mezcal fans who

Rosa Mexicano Celebrates Day of the Dead with a Special Menu

Tomorrow is more than just Halloween; it is the beginning of the Day of the Dead, also known as Día de Los Muertos. In honor of Mexico’s holiday remembering and honoring the dead, we partook in Rosa Mexicano’s Night of Spirits; a special evening of savory food, exotic drinks paired with desserts, with entertainment by Agave L’Amour and DJ jojoSoul. Known for serving New Yorkers authentic and innovative Mexican cuisine since 1984, we were beyond excited to enjoy an evening at Rosa Mexicano Union Square, where they are serving a special Day of the Dead menu at all 11 locations nationwide from Oct. 31st through Nov 4th. The menu will not only honor your loved ones, it will celebrate the memory of Rosa Mexicano Founder, Josefina Howard.

We had the chance to preview the featured menu which boasted a traditional Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) feast, prepared by Joe Quintana, Regional Executive Chef for Rosa Mexicano. We began with the very special and delicious Maravilla Punch, a blend of Hibiscus and Mezcal, served in a traditional handmade Mexican punchbowl (featured above). Foodies will love the Roasted Bone Marrow, a Chipotle-piloncillo sauce, grilled jalapeño , and toast; the Estofado De Cordero, a Lamb shank stew with roasted vegetables and epazote gremolata; and the Costillas A La Barbaco, a Tequila-pomegranate BBQ ribs served with charro beans and jalapeño cornbread.

 

The evening celebrated the powerful rituals of Mexico’s Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which included the Ofrenda, an altar where you may display portraits of your departed loved ones, in a moving ceremony of remembrance. Four desserts were paired with a unique variety of four Agave spirits: Mezcal, Raicilla, Bacanora, and Sotol.

All four spirits have been specially curated by Rosa Mexicano’s Courtenay Greenleaf, one of New York City’s few Master Mezcaliers. Agave Spirit Sponsors For Night Of Spirit Events + Calavera Cocktail included Montelobos Mezcal, Casa Noble Tequila, Bacanora Rancho Tepúa, Fidencio Mezcal, LA HIGUERA. la Venenosa raicilla, Ancho Reyes, Tromba Tequila, Derrumbes Mezcal and Milagro Tequila).

 

The Rosa Mexicano Day of the Dead menu of meals include:

Appetizers:
Empanadas de Camote (Corn and sesame empanadas, stuffed with sweet potato, peas and spiced pecans). Served with chipotle sauce.

Roasted Bone Marrow (Served with chipotle-piloncillo sauce, grilled jalapeño and toast) – see second food photo
Paired with: Tromba Añejo tequila.

Entrees:
Estofado de Cordero (Lamb shank with roasted vegetables and epazote gremolata)  – see first food photo

Trucha a la Parilla (Whole grilled trout over pumpkin seed pipián, topped with citrus salad)

Costillas a la Barbacoa (Tequila-pomegranate BBQ ribs with charro beans and jalapeño corn bread) – – see last food photo above

Dessert:
Tamal y Camote (Roasted sweet potato and cajeta tamale served with pomegranate sauce and vanilla ice cream).

Rosa Mexicano’s Día de los Muertos meal will be available at these locations:

  • New York City: First Avenue, Lincoln Center, Union Square, Tribeca
  • New Jersey: Riverside
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Washington, DC: Penn Quarter
  • Maryland: National Harbor
  • South Beach, Miami
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco