Read the whole interview here on Forbes.com
So, what are you drinking today July 24? Okay, okay, you may not be “celebrating” this national holiday – but every day is tequila day for us! To commemorate the occasion, Co-founder of Laughing Glass, Carey Clahan, has a short list of some of her favorite tequilas (and why). Read on!
In the mood for tequila? Here’s are some of my favorite, easy to find bottles. (Also, here’s a hometown hint – if you just want a taste without buying a whole bottle, there are plenty of bars that will serve you “half shots” so you can try more than one tequila at a time. Word to the wise – make sure it’s a very slow night before you ask your local bartender to do this! But on the right night, with a chatty barkeep, you can taste and learn a lot!)
Maestro Dobel (Diamonte)
This tequila is distilled several times so it loses its brown color. Looks like a blanco so this can be confusing – especially because it’s so smooth for sipping. I sip room temp but that’s not for everyone. The flavors evolve with each sip which equals way more depth than a blanco even though it looks like one.
Anejo Aged in bourbon barrels (though I’ve also heard sherry barrels) gives this tequila a fruitier nose. Smooth and vanilla forward, not too peppery or citrusy. Agave, oak and a little nutty.
*Side note- the “Forty” distiller has a great story if you like doing some advance research- and the distilleria does everything old school – brick ovens, stone grinders, old world wood fermentation, “no short cuts.” I’ve loved all of Fortaleza’s products since I found them around 7 years ago.
The bartender’s bestie, the hipster go-to, awesome tequila whether you’re a beginner or expert tequila connoisseur. Sip over a big ice cube and chill. You are officially cool.
Smell it! It’s like caramel candy! Again, agave and vanilla forward (and a wee butterscotch) which is my flavor preference against hard pepper. So smooth. It coats your tummy with warm happiness!
Get it for the future vase. Gorgeous on the bar! Some people get snotty about this one (I think because of the flashy bottle.) I definitely have a clear preference towards caramel and vanilla – maybe because I’m a woman? Or maybe too many harsh earthy chemically Cuervo shots in my youth? – whatever the case, don’t let tequila snobs fool you, nice bit of juice in here and a great souvenir from any travels in Mexico.
Don Julio 1942
Butterscotch nose. It is a little sweet and super smooth. Very urban popular (in fact, it’s often drunk for bottle service on MTV’s Jersey Shore if you watch that terrible show that I secretly adore please don’t tell anyone). Drink it neat and naked. Loads of unfolding caramel, vanilla and spice.
And of course, our own super premium blanco tequila is absolutely perfect – I wish you all could try it! Maybe some day, but in the meantime, enjoy ours out of a bottle of LGC margaritas. Enjoy, happy #nationaltequiladay, and cheers!
Perfect for your Halloween bash – check out this simple margarita using LGC Pomegranate and black vodka. The best part? Our Eyeball Ice Cubes take this cocktail to a whole new level. Spooky!
LGC Co-founders Sydney and Carey on set at SVTAGS – Silicon Valley Technology, Art, Green and Sustainability TV. Check out the whole interview by clicking THIS LINK.
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We are definitely sticking to a spicy theme this summer! Just launched our 3rd flavor – the Firecracker – Ancho Chili and Pineapple Margarita (available in stores in California (and more states soon!)) But here’s another option that you can whip up at home – the Frozen Habanero Mango Margarita. Feel the burn!
We love BIN (Beverage Industry News) Magazine, and we SUPER LOVE this article all about us and a few other amazing female owned companies making ready to serve drinks in California. Check out the article above, and check out any one of these high quality cocktails at a grocery store near you. We can attest – these are all simple, convenient, and delicious cocktails. Cheers!
After the success of their Classic and Pomegranate margaritas, the Laughing Glass founders were looking at a “what’s next?” moment. And that’s when Northern California Whole Foods Corporation stepped in. “When Whole Foods approached us to do a first-to-market new flavor just for them, we were thrilled and nervous! Luckily, we have so many cocktail recipes in the can, that it was easy to pick a few of our favorites,” said founder, Carey Clahan. She adds, “We came into the Northern California headquarters with five new flavors. We sat around a big conference table as Whole Foods tasted them one by one.” Ultimately, we agreed on the spicy Firecracker Margarita, an Ancho chili and pineapple cocktail, made with Laughing Glass’ super premium Blanco tequila, spicy and smoky Ancho chilies, and tropical pineapple. “It was a very cool process to go through and we were so excited to collaborate with Whole Foods,” says founder, Sydney Rainin-Smith. Clahan adds, “it was interesting to let them have a role in choosing our third flavor. Whole Foods really has their finger on the pulse of what customers are looking for – so it was great to have the extra input.”
The collaboration with Whole Foods was more than just an opportunity to partner with the iconic retailer, Clahan adds, “It was an opportunity for us to really experiment and get creative. It allowed us to take a risk that we might not have taken on our own. And being creative is so energizing – it’s definitely the fun part of this industry!”
Laughing Glass Cocktails’ Firecracker Margarita is currently available in Northern California Whole Foods stores. “From there, we definitely want to get it into our other accounts,” says Sydney, “From a business perspective, it’s great for us to have the three shelf facings at Whole Foods, but also, we are just in love with this new flavor.” The creators definitely did not shy away from using the strong earthy spiciness of Ancho chilies, but the sweetness of the pineapple juice really balances out the unique margarita.
All three Laughing Glass Cocktails margaritas are made with a super premium, Blanco tequila, all natural and organic ingredients, and organic agave nectar for a touch of sweetness – and they are all low in calories. “We’re like a boutique, restaurant-quality cocktail, but without all the calories – and still at an affordable price!”
Just in time for the 4th of July – this one’s for ‘Merica! Please try our delicious Red, Black and Blue Margarita, made with fresh blackberries and blueberries. It’s like fireworks for your brain!