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Dispatch: Sipping Mezcal At Rejuvenated Hilton Los Cabos

Destination & Tourism | Gabe Zaldivar | September 11, 2015

Dispatch: Sipping Mezcal At Rejuvenated Hilton Los Cabos

I write to you from the euphoric state of someone who has enjoyed a mezcal tasting at the Hilton Los Cabos, which has the stress relieving effects of a nice massage with the added consequences of short-term memory loss. 
It’s a good thing I took notes and Instagram images. 

The following is just one of many amazing experiences encountered during my stay at the Hilton Los Cabos. It was a brief mezcal tasting infused with so much knowledge from bartender Osmar who regaled us with history, recipes and the warmth of a man who takes pride in his craft. 

First up was a young Alipus blanco, aged for about a year. Now youth is certainly a terrific quality if you can find the time to appreciate it during formative years. But when you are talking spirits, it usually means the stinging sensation of an alcohol not yet ready to sit on the palate for too long. 

This could not have been further from the truth in this regard. This particular Alipus stayed on my tongue for quite some time as I savored its unexpected complexity. 

My favorite, however, came next. It was the Beneva Extra Añejo:

Being a bourbon lover, I appreciate the smoky qualities of any liquor. Let’s just say you could taste the Encino oak barrel this particular bourbon was aged within. 

It seems almost criminal with mezcal this delicious, but our bartender delighted us with various cocktails using Alipus blanco. 

Let’s just say they didn’t disappoint. 

Here is an image of the Oaxaca, which features mezcal, ginger, lime juice and agave syrup:

Rather than sweet, the concoction was refreshing with a hit of the ginger that woke up the tastebuds. 

Next up was the Coloradito, which as the name infers is served with the hibiscus-tinged red color you see in this video:

For those at home, you can make a similar drink with hibiscus infused water, agave syrup, lime juice and a sprinkling of cinnamon on top.

Or, if you are feeling devilish, you can try the Diabilito Amarillo, or Yellow Devil:

Possibly my favorite, this drink features lime juice, mango juice, passion fruit, agave syrup, mezcal and chile de arbol for decoration.

Or you could always open a bottle of your favorite mezcal and pour into a small glass, sit back and sip to your heart’s content. 

The Hilton Los Cabos is getting back to full strength following last year’s devastating Hurricane Odile. In the coming days I hope to regale you with its captivating tale of perseverance. 

For the moment, I am just so fortunate to have had a moment with one of Hilton Los Cabos’ amazing team members who took time to share the wonderful taste of mezcal with me. 

I found each iteration to be complex, nuanced and simply breathtaking–kind of like this wonderful resort. 

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