As Halloween approaches, and we try to offer gifts to our holiday party hosts that fit the theme of the season, bring a bottle of Espolòn Reposado tequila to your next Halloween gathering. Sporting the eerie Day of the Dead art on its label, this fruity and spicy distilled spirit, a gift from the blue agave plant, becomes the backbone of a wealth of enchanting signature cocktails.
I tasted the Espoloma (actually three of them!) at the Hotel Chantelle where a party was going on to celebrate the citywide art exhibition by installation artist Ai Weiwei entitled Good Fences Make Good Neighbors. Bold in his political statements, Ai Weiwei is addressing the worldwide migration crisis rather than referencing the repeated line in Robert Frost's Mending Wall. I couldn't help connecting, though, the Mexican tequila, the migration crisis, and the Day of the Dead art that surrounded me.
Yet, it all came back to the Espoloma, a refreshing and simple mix of tequila, lime juice, simple syrup and grapefruit soda. For a moment I thought about Ai Weiwei's message, his installations all around the city, and how fortunate I am to be free, to have a home, and the only obstacle I encountered while seeking entry to this event was a fairly conciliatory bouncer at the door checking IDs.
2 parts Espolòn Reposado
A splash of simple syrup
1 part Lime Juice
top with Grapefruit Soda
Pinch of Sea Salt