Interview: Mijenta’s Maestra Tequilera, Ana Maria Romero

The new, small-batch tequila brand has a focus on community, culture and minimal environmental impact

Helmed by Ana Maria Romero, Mijenta—a new, small-batch tequila—delivers a perfectly balanced sipping experience: clean and fresh, with a peppery finish and velvety mouthfeel. For tequila enthusiasts, experts and rookies, there’s a uniqueness and vibrancy that comes with this spirit that extends beyond the liquid itself. The name Mijenta comes from “mi gente” meaning “my people,” and it’s a sentiment that permeates the brand’s ethos. …

The Taste of Celebration in Gem & Bolt Mezcal

We visit Oaxaca to discover the alchemy behind the brand and its gracious smoky flavor

Gem & Bolt founders Adrin Adrina and Elliott Coon shared a childhood in a community of creators in the mountains of Virginia, where plant medicine was part of everyday customs. Long before their life in Mexico, they made damiana elixirs as a way to “share herbal knowledge through the celebratory door,” says Coon. Both artists and alchemists, the duo wanted to be at the crossroads …

Exploring Jose Cuervo’s Farm, Distillery and Historical Cellar

At the base of the Tequila Volcano in Jalisco, we learn about the brand's methods

Internationally, tequila is often viewed as a kick-start—a rebellious elixir for quick consumption or disguised in a cocktail with a sweet presentation. But, its creation is a poetry accented by artful harvest and saccharine, sultry scents. The spirit has a rich history; it was the beverage of choice for farm-owners and the wealthy of yesteryear in Mexico. Thus, the key flavors have been idolized long …