It's Cinco de Mayo and you know what that means - commemorating the Mexican army's unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 and drinks!
The first drinks that come to mind are probably tequila shots and mass made margaritas, but that doesn't have to be the case. Premium, sipping tequila is on the rise and according to the Distilled Spirits Council, luxury tequila has skyrocketed 121% since 2002.
Super premium tequila has grown 706%, high end brands have grown 292% and the value of 2016 U.S. tequila supplier revenues is $2.5 billion -- which will can only go up considering our current political climate.
We were joined by Camille Austin, the American brand ambassador for Montelobos Mezcal who showed us how to make the Smoke and Fire Margarita.
Smoke and Fire Margarita
1 part Montelobos Mezcal
1 part Ancho Reyes
1 part lemon juice
½ part simple syrup
2 dashes chocolate bitters
Shaken, served up in a Nick & Nora glass
Garnish: Zest of a lemon, discarded