Cinco de Mayo Celebrated Across the UK with Tequila Casco Viejo and El Ron Prohibido

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The annual Cinco de Mayo is upon us once again, and here at Emporia Brands, we’ve put together a series of events across the UK involving the award-winning Tequila Casco Viejo, and the unique El Ron Prohibido rum. Get ready for an action-packed 5th of May!

In Nottingham, Four Hundred Rabbits will be hosting a Tequila Masterclass with Samuel David Boulton from Emporia Brands at 3pm. Enjoy not only Casco Viejo, but also Don Agustin and Maracame, making it three superb brands from the famous Camarena Brothers! In the evening we’ll be partying the night away with live music from the awesome Blue Brazil providing amazing Samba & Bosa Nova Latin grooves, plus special Tequila Casco Viejo cocktails.

Emporio-Brands-Margarita-and-both-bottlesIf you’re in Manchester, Lust, Luck, Liquor and Burn will be the venue for a similar Casco Viejo masterclass, this time hosted by Tom Gedney-Higham of Emporia Brands from 2pm. In Leeds though, you’d need to head down to premier tequila bar Neon Cactus where you can find some Margarita Madness with Casco Viejo fresh fruit Margarita’s! Backroom are also hosting a Casco Viejo cocktail special, with your chance to win a tequila masterclass!

Cardiff is the home of our 2016 UK cocktail competition winner from earlier in the year, Alexander Taylor of 10 Feet Tall. His winning cocktail, Don Agustin’s Daisy, combines Casco Viejo Reposado with Amaretto, Gentian Wine, Yellow Bell Pepper and Citrus and will be on special for the duration of Cinco de Mayo.

Newcastle upon Tyne are also getting in on the action as Alvino’s are showing off the Mexican rum styles of El Ron Prohibido and Casco Viejo with some specially made cocktail serves, plus Popolo have for you a Casco Viejo Margarita ready and waiting for you!

If rum is your tipple, El Ron Prohibido can be found to be the go-to spirit at Riddles in Altrincham for a twist on an Old Fashioned, whilst Topolabamba in Glasgow are on hand to show off their Strawberry Daiquiri using this ‘forbidden’ Mexican brand.

Speaking of Scotland, Treacle in Edinburgh is the perfect venue to enjoy an El Ron Prohibido cocktail, whilst London offer to you the likes of Old Bengal Bar and Blessings Bar for their take on some Mexican cocktail classics!

If you fancy picking a bottle up yourself, you can purchase El Ron Prohibido at Astons of Manchester, The Dram Shop in Sheffield, John’s Wine and Spirits in Cornwall and Gerry’s in London. Similarly, Casco Viejo can also be found at Gerry’s as well as all Wine Rack stores across the UK.

The Artisan Liquor Market Returns To The Manchester Food And Drink Festival

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The second instalment of the Liquor Market is coming back to the Manchester Food and Drink Festival this September 27th as artisan, craft and boutique spirits make their way to Elixir Tonics & Treats. First held at the annual festival last year, the success has prompted curator Dave Marsland of Drinks Enthusiast to host another selection of spirits in one of Manchester’s most recognisable bars.

For one day only, the Deansgate based venue will be holding a number of stalls that will hold the likes of City of London gin, the first distillery in the City in over 200 years, as well as the highly acclaimed Italian range of Cocchi vermouth, Colorado newcomer Tincup whiskey and the Mexican styles of El Ron Prohibido rum.

Two sessions are available for the day, with the ticket price of £10 gaining you entry to your preferred time and giving you the chance to mingle, sample and experience a range of spirits straight from the brands themselves. Signature serves and recipe ideas will be available, as will the chance to purchase your favourite tipples directly on the day.

Other spirits available include the first showing of Sibling Distillery into the Manchester area as the young team bring their triple distilled gin. The Welsh Whisky Company are travelling up with their selection that includes Penderyn whisky, Brecon gin, Merlyn liqueur and Five vodka, whilst The Bottle Drinks Company will be showing off the likes of R. Delisle cognac and ‘The Secret’ chocolate fortified wine.
The Spanish style of Licor 43 will be on hand with recipe ideas, as will The Kraken spiced rum, Konik’s Tail vodka and The Irishman whiskey amongst others.

You will also be able to look into the world of drinks related photography at the market as award-winning and Manchester based bartender Jamie Stephenson brings his work for the viewing public.

All ticket holders will also have the chance to enter the Elixir Tonics & Treats liquor party to be held straight after the last session at 6pm. This gives the chance for the showcased brands to be a part of a specially curated menu for the evening and finishes the artisan market off in style.

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For a full list of the exhibitors, please visit

The Liquor Market – Saturday 27th September – Elixir Tonics & Treats, 123 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BY

Two sessions of 12-2:30pm and 3:30-6pm, £10 per person per session.

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El Ron Prohibido

El Ron Prohibido

A new rum has made it to the shores of the UK for the first time, but interestingly not from the Caribbean. Mexico is where El Ron Prohibido hails from and brings with it a rather simple story.

It is said that during the 18th century, the Spanish ships reached America with sweet wine reserves in barrels. Instead of going back with them empty, they decided to fill them with Chiguirito, also known as Mexican rum. They took advantage of the trip back to absorb the barrels aromatics characteristics, resulting in an interesting finish. Eventually, this was to be forbidden by the King of Spain, Felipe V de burbon, for the resulting inebriation and the fact that it cost Spain’s own production of spirits to decline.

The rum itself is produced from sugar cane, fermented, then distilled within a column still. As per the legend, it is then matured within oak barrels for 12 years, and utilises the solera system (used to make Jerez), effectively combining rums of different aging profiles and adding a small amount of raisin wine.

So how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

El Ron Prohibido – 40%

Dried fruits and deep sherry on the nose. Burnt toffee and fudge come with an underlying sweetness. Thick liquid on the palate, with spice immediate. Nut flavours of almond and walnut linger, while a heavy raisin bounces to and throw. The sherry dominates, with a rounded finish between bitter and sweetness between vanilla and coffee. Long.

Incredibly different to what you would expect this to be. Clearly aged within the solera system, and for a good few years. The bottle holds that traditional look to it, almost as if it were coming straight off a Spanish ship, and the small handle adds that vintage look to it. The faded look of the label, and wax seal adorned, adds that Mexican rum look to it. Hard to explain in words, but it just adds intrigue to the whole brand to those who are into going away from the norm.

One for your drinks cabinet for sure. No official cocktails as of yet, but I have seen the name Old Fashioned floating around conversations. Give it a go and let me know if it works.

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