July 24, 2010

4 La Verdad: Ron Cooper

With all the depraved Tales madness erupting, as evidenced by erratic, incomprehensible text messages streaming in from New Orleans, around the clock—I wanted to address something.  As has been the case for the past few years, now—particularly...

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Filed Under: Spirits

April 6, 2010

0 Jimmy Yeager

Jimmy Yeager, loading agave Jimmy in San Luis del Rio, a Zapotec village nestled along the Rio Hormiga Colorada, 8,000 feet up in the Oaxacan Sierra, where village elder and master mezcal distiller Paciano Cruz Nolasco makes the sacred same na...

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Filed Under: Random, Spirits

February 27, 2010

2 Valentina

I had the great pleasure of collaborating with Lucas Paya recently, and the drink dubbed Valentina is what I offered.  He, of course, buried me in a myriad of delectable concoctions; but, this cocktail has continued to win hearts and minds (in my ...

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Filed Under: Cocktails, Spirits

February 20, 2010

1 Mezcal Free Spirit

You find yourself tearing down a seemingly endless dirt road in Ron Cooper’s Jeep—a rooster tail of dust marking a path as your body jolts in the backseat. The radio signal renders faint traces of a Mexican narco-ballad on the blown-out speak...

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Filed Under: Spirits