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José Andrés on the New Menu for Tequila & Mezcal Fest

José Andrés with Shirley Chung.
José Andrés with Shirley Chung.
[Photos: Chelsea McManus]

José Andrés was in the house yesterday at China Poblano at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to show off the new menu items and cocktails for the Tequila & Mezcal Festival March 12-25.

Tasty tidbits were paraded out during the private event. Alas de pollo con salsa naranja, a marinated chicken wing with a chile pequin; sopes de ostiones, a masa corn cake with pickled oysters and tomato salsa; and lomo de cerdo con mole manchamanteles, a pork tenderloin you could cut with a fork, were just some of the items on the menu.

The real stars of the show were the cocktails. On the mezcal side, the Oaxacan Swizzle, made with Del Maguey Mezcal, ruby port and orange bitters, and the Mexican Tailor, made with house infused gin-quila, apples, lemon and spanked epazote, were just two of the cocktails that will be available during the festival.

As for Andrés, he hammed it up with the crowd during the event, sticking his tongue out for photos and sitting with the group to try the dishes himself.

The two-week festival includes these cocktails (and more!) along with a menu from chef Shirley Chung that highlights the flavors of Oaxaca and Jalisco in Mexico.

For a special dinner, try the mezcal night with Ron Cooper of Del Maguey on hand Wednesday, March 14, for a tasting open to the public from 5-7 p.m., and then a reserved dinner at 7:30 p.m. The dinner is priced at $100 with beverages included. Or get your tequila on with Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo of Casa Noble coming in Friday, March 23, for a tasting open to the public from 5-7 p.m., and a reserved dinner at 7:30 p.m. The dinner is priced at $100 per person with beverages.

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