Trying The New Culinary Driven Craft Cocktail Menu at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s L Bar

Trying The New Culinary Driven Craft Cocktail Menu at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s L Bar
  • Utilizing some of the most mentioned food products on social media, L Bar is handcrafting artisan cocktails far from ordinary.

  • Infused spirits, and breakfast inspiration are behind these culinary influenced cocktails.

Tucked into the lobby of the well-known Seminole Hard Rock Resort and Casino, lies the intimate cocktail and music lounge, L Bar. Since 2015, L Bar has been offering cocktail enthusiasts the finest handcrafted cocktails using fresh, seasonal produce and house-made syrups along with inventive techniques to create their nostalgic yet progressive and ever-evolving menu.

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Tequila Recipes: Ultra-Premium Craft Tequila Cocktails Revive the Spirit

Tequila Recipes: Ultra-Premium Craft Tequila Cocktails Revive the Spirit
  • Foodable Mixologist creates Premium Artisanal Tequila Cocktail Recipes

  • Embajador shares their Ultra-Premium Craft Tequila

Today, Foodable unveils our brand new Smart Bar with our Master Mixologist, Oscar Castaneda. For such a momentous occasion, what else could we christen the set with than Tequila! Oscar introduces us to Embajador Tequila in 3 ways. Ever had sipping tequila? Well my culinarians, you’ll want to try this one.

Embajador Tequila produces premium 100% Blue Agave tequilas, offering incredible value to patrons.

For his first beverage, Oscar pairs the Platinum tequila with fresh mixes to match the quality of the spirit. Using a strong beet puree, homemade cilantro syrup, and a homemade jalapeno syrup (both using coconut sugar), he balances the tequila for a sweet and savory taste. Then in true Tequila form, he adds a lemon-lime sweet and sour mix giving a beautiful layered effect.

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Best-Selling Mexican Tequila Brand Jose Cuervo Takes a Shot at February IPO

After postponing its IPO twice last year when the value of the peso nosedived 15 percent to record lows in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election (undoubtedly in connection to Trump's opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement and his incitive rhetoric regarding relations with Mexico), tequila brand Jose Cuervo is taking its shot at going public.

This isn't light news to swallow, considering this 200-something-year-old company doesn't just boast 11 generations of tradition — also owning 35 percent of the worldwide tequila market share and 33 percent in the United States' tequila sector in 2013, Jose Cuervo is expected to have a highly successful launch.

In the last few days of January, it was said that the brand was formally marketing deals across multiple cities and that investors can expect a price as early as Wednesday, Feb. 8. According to International Business Times, the company is aiming to raise over $700 million in an initial public offering and is opening up 476.6 million shares between 30 to 34 pesos each, or about $1.41 to $1.60.

Since 2002, sales of tequila in the U.S. have more than doubled in volume, skyrocketing from 7.2 million cases to 14.8 million in 2015, Quartz reported, citing the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. And with North America making up about 60 percent of Jose Cuervo's sales volumes, it's not surprising that there are lot of eyes on this IPO and a lot of hope for it to go well.

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Still, despite its success with tequila, Jose Cuervo has been working on diversifying its product lines, when just a few years ago it traded its control of tequila maker Don Julio for Bushmills Irish Whiskey.

"We were a company in which 80 percent of our sales were tequila. We wanted to get rid of that independence," Juan Domingo Beckmann, CEO of Casa Cuervo, said to Latin Trade Magazine. Jose Cuervo stated the proceeds would fund its growth, expand its portfolio, and go toward the development of its Mexican hometown, Tequila, which is fitting for this tequila brand.

Yet, the day after Jose Cuervo announced its upcoming IPO, Whitehouse spokesperson Sean Spicer said that a 20-percent border tax on Mexican goods would go toward building the border wall. Later on, he clarified that this was "not a policy proposal," but an example of ways the wall could be paid for. Will the actions of the Trump administration put more salt in Jose Cuervo's shot at an IPO? Or could the 15-percent drop in the peso be a long-term advantage for Cuervo by making its products more affordable in the U.S., as Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Julie Chariell suggested? And why did the brand mark February on the calendar after the November election?

Analyst Gerardo Copca of MetAnalisis, a Mexican-based financial advisory firm, said a factor of its timing was decided on the dialogue relationship between the two countries.

"The governments of Mexico and the United States are going to dedicate themselves to negotiation that creates confidence," he told International Business Times. "Mexico's stock market has shown that recently."

Tequila lovers will soon see how this tequila titan performs when it comes to stock, but no matter which way the dice rolls, it's time to stock up on the glasses and limes. Read More

Top Spirits Brands Exploding on Social Media

Top Spirits Brands Exploding on Social Media

By Amelia Levin, Foodable Industry & Research Editor

We’re entering a new generation of spirits consumption and cocktail drinking. It’s all about marketing the craft, social media engagement, and heightened hospitality at the bar. And the cocktail-oriented consumers who partake in this elixir continue to create new and emerging trends.

Millennials are a huge driver in the growth of spirits consumption, which now rivals craft beer consumption. According to Foodable Labs research, 31.9 million Millennials consume nearly 3.8 spirits-based cocktails per month compared to 28.5 million who drink 3.3 craft beers per month. 

Enjoying cocktails with food is more of a thing, too; Foodable Labs reports that 8.7 million Millennials pair spirits with menus .085 times a month. Still, beer and food pairings reign, with 19.4 million Millennials pairing craft beer with menus at least 1.3 times per month.

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In this episode of Across the Bar, brought to you by the Foodable Network, we head to Las Vegas to check out a mixology event dubbed The Spanish Voyage. Tequila Master Kevin Vanegas takes us on a tour of Mexico through three different types of tequila. Check out the full episode to learn about different types of tequilas, their regions, and the many different types of cocktails that can be made with this versatile spirit — and we're not just talking margaritas. Salut!