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Mix This: The Puro

March 21st, 2012 — 4:57pm

The puro cocktail is the cocktail of choice of our staff here at Las Perlas. We call it “a big boy cocktail”.

We prefer that you use one of the two suggested brands of mezcal for this cocktail.

Del Maguey Minero Mezcal
This forgotten mezcal from Del Maguey is amazing and its style is unique to others made outside of the area of Minas.  While other Mezcals use a still made of copper and use rubber tubing, Minero uses a clay still with bamboo tubing to extract the mezcal from the still. The clay and bamboo help create a mezcal with a wonderful fruitiness to go a long with the slight smoke in the background. Minero™ has a nose full of flower essence, vanilla, figs, with a burnt honey flavor and a bit of lemon. Minero is deep and warm, sweet all the way to the finish.


Fidencio Madrecuixe Mezcal
Is a low yield, wild agave, foraged in the mountains of San Baltazar Guelavila. The agave is harvested after 12 years, and roasted five days in the ground with black oak. Double distilled and bottled undiluted, Joven (unaged). The nose is mineral and floral. The smoke is bold which is balanced with firm, mouthwatering acidity with notes of toffee and stone. The mouth feel is unctuous and leathery. The finish is long and dry. This is a full bodied, complex sipper.

- 2oz Del Maguey Minero
- 2oz Fidencio Madrecuixe
- 1 Old Fashion Glass
- Muddle 1 Bitter Truth Chocolate Mole bitters soaked sugar cube w/ a small splash of water
- Ice (preferably a single large cube that fits the glassware)
- Stir until cold and to taste
- 1 grapefruit twist (do not stir into cocktail, just twist to extract oil and lay down the inside of cocktail)
- Garnish with a mezcal infused (optional) Luxardo cheery or just a regualr Luxardo Cherry


Raul Yrastorza
Las Perlas- Mezcal and Tequila
General Manager

What We’re Drinking: Corrido Tequila with Raul Yrastorza of Las Perlas

February 29th, 2012 — 5:02pm

Corrido Tequila

Every once in a while, and I say that nicely, I come across a Tequila that really peaks my interest. Slowly I have started to categorize tequila and this particular tequila I put in the category of a “Craft Tequila”.

Corrido is a highland single estate grown and produced Tequila (no other tequila is produced from this distillery) and can only produce a small amount monthly. Its portfolio consist of a Blanco, Reposado, Anejo and Extra Anejo and they are all wonderful.

The Gems of Corrido are The Anejo and Reposado

Reposado – This little Gem is a double barrel reposado aged for 6 months, 3 month in used washed jack Daniel’s barrel and 3 month in washed used Makers Mark barrel’s. The two distinctly different bourbon barrels help create a tequila that has aromas of butterscotch, nuts, maple, intense tones of cooked agave with a long finish of vanilla and caramel.

Anejo – This stuff is frick’n great. It is an 18 month triple barrel Anejo, 3 month in Jack Daniels barrels, 3 month in Makers mark barrels and 12 months in a proprietary barrel that I firmly believe is a reconditioned whiskey barrel with a medium char. Burnt caramel and maple notes with loads of cooked agave are supported by highland tequila characteristics of herbal fruit and spice.

Extra Anejo – This particular Anejo drinks like a whiskey meets a cognac. Aged for a total of 3 yrs in Makers Mark barrels

Blanco – aged 30 days in Jack Daniels barrels, this blanco is balanced and rich. Its bright character is accented with roasted agave, mint and spring flowers.


Raul Yrastorza, Las Perlas General Manager

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