Playa del Carmen, Mexico (May 10, 2013) – Often called “the mother of tequila”, Mezcal is a distilled liquor made from the maguey plant, a form of agave. Increasingly popular in restaurants, especially from Oaxaca from which most of the maguey hails, it now merits its own cocktail menu at the AAA-Five Diamond, luxury all-inclusive resort, Grand Velas Riviera Maya.
Just in time for summer, the cocktails feature fresh fruits, sometimes liqueurs, and one with a bite (“picante”). The drinks bear names including Fresh Spring, Hot Pineapple, Mezcal Apple B, Love and Tonic, and Strawberry Mojito. The resort also serves Mezcal straight, six varieties of varying degrees of ageing. Some say there are even health and romantic benefits — that it helps control hypertension and diabetes, and is even an aphrodisiac.
The flavor combination in this cocktail offers an intriguingly sweet sensation.
· 1 Slice of Watermelon
· Juice of 1 lime
· 2 oz Grenadine
· 2 oz White Mezcal
A tropical explosion- the fruit and touch of heat provide the perfect accent to the unique flavor of the mezcal.
· 2 oz Mezcal Reposado
· 4 oz Pineapple Juice
· 1Ž4 oz Lime Juice
· Chunks of Pineapple
· Tajin Chili Powder
· Wedge of Pinapple for Garnish
Grand Velas Resorts’ all-inclusive rates include suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a choice of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24 hr in-suite service, fitness center, taxes and gratuities, and more. For more information or reservations, please contact Velas Resorts at 1-888-323-4294 or visit www.velasresorts.com.
About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:
Featured in Forbes’ roundup of the 10 Coolest All-Inclusive Resorts, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya, an all-suites and spa resort located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, is the latest and most sophisticated iteration of the ultra-luxury, all-inclusive resort experience. This Leading Hotels of the World designated resort is the preeminent one of its class boasting 491 suites, each more than 1,000 square-feet, in three separate ambiances– premium ocean-front Grand Class Suites with terrace plunge pools for families with children 12 and up, family-friendly ocean-view Ambassador Suites and Zen Grand Suites embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle. The resort presents a gastronomic tour of the Yucatan, Europe and Asia offering seven restaurants with world-class chefs from France, Spain and b; dedicated butler service for each guest, and the region’s largest spa sanctuary at over 89,000 square-feet specializing in signature treatments inspired by ancient cultures from around the world. The spa was named “Best Spa” in the world by Virtuoso and also earned a SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award. The resort was designed by lauded Mexican architecture firm Elias and Elias and features the sleek and modish interiors that fuse the serenity of the Caribbean with the vibrancy of Yucatan cultures.