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Our recent Spirited Conversations talk in Los Angeles this past Monday was focused on what bars and restaurants look for in choosing their cocktail mezcals. Moderator Jason Horn guided panelists Bricia Lopez of Guelaguetza Restaurante, Bryant Orozco of Madre and

Just back from five days at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference - a fun and enlightening industry gathering that was simultaneously overwhelming and intimate. It was a great opportunity to connect with some of the key players in the industry

[caption id="attachment_7815" align="alignnone" width="1024"] [media-credit id=3 align="alignnone" width="1024"][/media-credit] The line up of cocktails for the Tacolicious Crab Bender dinner.[/caption] Tacolicious' annual crab dinners are right around the corner which is always a great opportunity to open up the wallet for a San Francisco tradition but this year they're doing things a bit differently at the Marina location because the companion cocktails for the meal are all made with mezcal and now that marijuana is legal in California, CBD as well. They're using El Silencio for all the cocktails and sourcing their CBD from Sonoma Hills Farm.The cooking and mixing with marijuana trend has been bubbling away for some time but, given the legal necessity, always underground. Now that things are out in the open people are starting to experiment and we're glad to see that mezcal is in the mix.

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"] [et_pb_row admin_label="row"] [et_pb_column type="4_4"] [et_pb_text admin_label="Text"] You know you’re in good company when someone says “where’s the cricket in here?” about your drink. That’s exactly what Julia Plevin, half of Critter Bitters, told me as we sat down to taste the Critter Bitters Toasted Cricket Bitters. That is the first in, up to now, a two bottle line of bitters based on one of Oaxaca’s culinary claim to fame, the toasted cricket aka chapuline. (If you want to cut to the chase, get your bottles today!) To back up a step or three, Julia had emailed me a while back looking for ideas to fill out her Oaxaca trip and we hit it off. I couldn’t quite believe that I’d missed this whole idea of bitters made from crickets, I mean, I’ve had cocktails rimmed with sal de gusano, garnished with crickets as well as ant larvae. But those were all in Mexico and here was a woman saying that they were making bitters out of crickets, right here in San Francisco? What a discovery.

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