The Interview

House of Tequila Ambassador Megs DeMeulenaere recently went to Mexico for the Altos Tahona Society Final. She took a few moments to catch up with the two UK finalists.

KAIKO TULLOCH
A.K.A ‘Mamacita Blanco’

Favourite moment or activity of the past week at the Tahona Society? The whole thing was amazing, but getting to the distillery and seeing all the things I’d read about, in the flesh was incredible. The red soil blew my mind.  

Favourite food?
TORTAS AHOGADAS AAF

Most embarrassing moment? (This week or whenever)
Getting a needle in the bum cheek under a tree while Megs took photos. (Bugs didn’t like me in Mexico)

Celebrity crush? 
Matthew Gray Gubler

Favourite bar / bartender / cocktail (anywhere in the world) 

Bar – La Capilla / El Bandito, 
Bartender – Alan Mulvihill (Whisky or Death, Edinburgh)
Cocktail – Mezcal Tommy’s or a BATANGA (though they just don’t taste nearly as good in the UK, just have to go back to Mexico!) 

What did you see or learn in Mexico that you will be taking back to London?
Batangas! I’d never had one before getting to Mexico but I’ve been making them for everyone in Edinburgh.

What flavours from Mexico could be used in summer cocktails in the UK?
Chillis are so versatile and can be suited to any season, especially as there are so many different types and different ways of preparing them.

 

OLIVER CUSH
A.K.A ‘Caballero Supremo’

Favourite moment or activity of the past week at the Tahona Society?
Definitely the trip at the Altos Distillery looking into the ovens smelling the roasted Agave. It was thick in the air and it all made sense at that moment. It was the excitement I get when looking into the oven on Christmas Day. 

Favourite Food? 
It’s very hard to decide as it’s all so delicious! Tortas ahogadas was my guilty pleasure of the week. For restaurants, Hueso and Los Barcos blew my mind but all of my experience with Mexican cuisine was accompanied with a warm, welcoming atmosphere that really embodies that sense of ‘La Familia’.

Most embarrassing moment? (In Mexico or in general) 
Sleep walking into my living room naked with all of my family there. My sister immediately threw a towel over me in a panic. I have worse, for sure, but I’m sure anyone who knows me well can tell more.

Celebrity crush?
Charlize Theron. 

Favourite bar / bartender / cocktail (anywhere in the world) 
Bar – 69 Colebrooke Row, or for a pint after work my guilty pleasure is Translate.
Bartender – Jack Savage is one of my favourite bartenders, being one of my oldest friends I can really relax in front of him.
Cocktail – My go to cocktail is a Manhattan or a Wet Tequila Martini.

What did you see or learn in Mexico that you will be taking back to London?
I will be taking back to London the use of fresh and local ingredients. We get used to ingredients that aren’t necessarily natural. Connecting with your local community and fresh ingredients creates a stronger bond with flavours and appreciation for them. 

What flavours from Mexico could be used in summer cocktails in the UK?
The flavours I would use from Mexico for the UK’s summer would be agua frescas. I found them in nearly every direction in Mexico and they are incredibly refreshing and delightful. Also, the use of the cactus family have some very interesting flavours I’ve not come across before that seem to be an upcoming trend.

The Interview
OLIVER CUSH A.K.A ‘Caballero Supremo’
KAIKO TULLOCH A.K.A ‘Mamacita Blanco’

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