Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rosa Mexicano Reinvents Agave Spirits Program

Raicilla Negroni (Photo: Rosa Mexicano)

From our friends at Rosa Mexicano...

Rosa Mexicano Introduces Expansive, New Agave Spirits Program

Over 150 Agave Spirits, New Craft Cocktails, Infused Salts and Spirits Education Now Offered

Known for serving its authentic, regional Mexican cuisine for over 30 years, Rosa Mexicano is introducing a new beverage program, featuring a curated menu of craft cocktails with house-made bitters, tinctures, salt infusions and fresh-squeezed juices, and an expansive spirits library to include more than 150 bottles of notable tequilas and mezcals alongside lesser-known agave spirits such as sotol, raicilla and bacanora. Spearheaded by beverage director and certified mezcalier Courtenay Greenleaf, Rosa Mexicano will offer guests new ways to learn about and discover agave spirits.

Agave Spirits 101:
Rosa Mexicano's reinvented spirits program will bring a new level of accessibility to the world of agave spirits. Curated by Greenleaf, Rosa Mexicano will expand its agave spirits collection in Washington, DC, and at all restaurants nationwide, allowing guests to explore the spirits category in a variety of ways, beginning with Greenleaf's Agave Book. The comprehensive guide to every bottle in the restaurant's spirits collection, the Book includes detailed tasting notes, agave plant categories, background on every distiller and more. To round out the experience, guests can try an agave tasting flight, featuring three spirits grouped by various categories such as Barrel: tequilas aged in recycled bourbon, Cognac and Scotch barrels; or Vertical: blanco, reposado and añejo tequilas distilled by one family. Additionally, Rosa Mexicano's new Agave de la Semana (agave of the week) program will offer complimentary tastings of a new agave spirit at the bar each week, accompanied by an information sheet teaching guests about the spirit.

Craft Cocktail Program:
With a focus on fresh and house-made ingredients, Rosa Mexicano will launch a new cocktail menu developed by Greenleaf, featuring a variety of margaritas, agave spirit tipples, and a rotating barrel-aged cocktail. Highlights include Mezcalisco: Pelotón de la Muerte mezcal, Espolón reposado tequila, agave, orange and a smoked guajillo-sal de gusano rim; Raicilla Negroni: La Venenosa Maximiliano raicilla, Carpano Bianco, Cappelletti, house-made grapefruit bitters and lemon; Tamarind: Fidencio Clasico mezcal, tamarind, lime, guajillo-flor de sal rim; and Strawberry-Pink Peppercorn: Cimmarón Blanco tequila, strawberry puree, yellow chartreuse, lemon and house-made pink peppercorn tincture.

The new menu will also offer an expanded spirits selection for the restaurant's Margarita al Gusto, featuring over a dozen blanco and reposado tequilas to be shaken with agave nectar and fresh-squeezed lime juice. Additionally, Greenleaf will introduce infused salts, to rim cocktails with complimentary flavored salt mixtures such as smoked guajillo-sal de gusano-made with "mezcal worms" commonly found on agave plants-as well as hibiscus, lime zest, chipotle, pink peppercorn and ancho chile.

The new spirits program is now available at Rosa Mexicano in Penn Quarter, as well as in New York City, Boston and San Francisco, and will be rolled out at the National Harbor restaurant, along with all restaurants nationwide, this fall.

Rosa Mexicano Penn Quarter is located at 575 7th Street, NW. For reservations and more information, please visit, call (202) 783-5522, or follow Rosa Mexicano on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook