Skip to main content

MLB playoffs: The Dodgers have been eliminated, so they can’t celebrate with this team-favorite tequila

Swept by the snakes - everyone needs a drink

Tequila Mandala
Tequila Mandala

The Los Angeles Dodgers may have won 100 games in the regular season. But just like all of the other 100-plus winners, they’ve already been bounced out of the MLB playoffs. The highly-touted, let-down of a team was swept three games to nothing by division-rival Arizona in the National League Division Series. And while this is a bummer for fans of this yearly under-achieving team (except for when they won the World Series in 2020), it also means a fun, alcohol-fueled celebration is over. Specifically, tequila.

During the regular season, when the team won a series, the team would pick the most valuable player. Instead of giving this player a plaque or a Chipotle gift card, they would take a team picture, using infielder Miguel Rojas’ phone, surrounding the player, and then pass around shots of tequila to celebrate. While they didn’t stick to just one bottle, the main tequila the team enjoyed sipping was Mandala.

While we don’t know which variety of Mandala tequila the team imbibed, the award-winning brand makes Tequila Blanco, Tequila Reposado, Tequila Añejo, Tequila Extra Añejo, and a handful of limited-edition expressions all in hand-painted, beautiful ceramic bottles.

Drinking this lesser-known El Arenal, Jalisco, Mexico-made tequila was a way for the team to bond. It all started when the Dodgers lost three series in a row and were looking for a way to get loose, bond, and move forward in the right direction. The last series was a sweep by the rival San Francisco Giants. After beginning the tequila-based ritual, the team didn’t lose a series in August and had pulled away from the division competition by September.

They won the division by a full sixteen games and seemed to be soaring (and raring for another taste of tequila) heading into the postseason. Because of the new Wildcard format, the team received a bye into the Divisional Round. Perhaps they ran out of gas after a long season, or a long layoff between games was too much to handle. Either way, they dropped all three games in the best-of-five series to a rival Diamondbacks team that only won 84 games in the regular season.

But there’s no guarantee of a Hollywood ending in the real world. Every season, great teams bow out earlier than expected, so it should come as no surprise that the Dodgers players are now free to play golf and go on well-deserved vacations after the grueling 162-game season. It’s just sad to see a unique, fun bonding experience among teammates come to an end. While Roja will always have the memories on his phone, there will be no more celebratory shots of tequila this season.

Perhaps, they’ll carry the tradition into next season? But, like with every team, there will be turnover and players coming and going. It likely won’t be the same. At least, even though they didn’t win this year, they can carry the memories of the celebratory shots of tequila with their teammates forever. That’s almost as great as winning the World Series, right?

Christopher Osburn
Christopher Osburn is a food and drinks writer located in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. He's been writing professional
This website is a curated musical time machine we can’t stop listening to
Want to travel the world from a time machine that plays great music, all from home? With this site, you can do just that
A man listening to headphones.

Of the many great concepts and cultural aspects out there, two of the best are certainly music and time travel. Now, thanks to this clever website, you get an even serving of both as you dance around the globe.

Yep, it's called Radiooooo, and it's basically like inviting a magical DJ into your house who not only specializes in world music, but tunes from the last century and beyond. Whether you're looking for a new favorite band, interesting in brushing up on traditional music from all over the planet, or just want to have some fun zipping around planet earth for some ear candy, this site is for you.

Read more
Get ready for party season with these batched summer margaritas
Coconut margaritas and prickly pear margaritas for a crowd
batched margarita recipes dsc03954 1

When you're preparing drinks for a crowd, batching cocktails is always a great idea. While it's great fun to make customized drinks for each of your guests, and that's something you can and should attempt for smaller gatherings, with a larger group you won't have time to individually mix drinks for each person. I find that it's fun to make individual drinks for groups of five or six, but more than that becomes difficult and has you running around the kitchen all night.

Instead, make your life easier by preparing a large amount of one or two cocktails ahead of time. You can mix up a big batch of drink and leave it in your fridge, then add ice when your guests arrive and garnish each drink as you serve it. That way, people still get the special feeling of a delicious cocktail but you won't be quite so frantic while trying to host.

Read more
A pair of regenerative whiskies to promote sustainable farming
WhistlePig and Brother's Bond are teaming up with this pair of American whiskies
regenerative whiskies whistlepig brothers bond bb wp bundle 6 scaled jpg

Beloved whiskey brand WhistlePig is known for its interest in farm to bottle production, with a focus on farming practices similar to what you'll find in many high-end restaurants. Now, the brand is teaming up with bourbon manufacturer Brother’s Bond to promote sustainable farming with each company releasing its own farm-based expression.

WhistlePig is debuting its new annual release of its FarmStock Beyond Bonded Rye Whiskey, and Brother’s Bond is releasing a Regenerative Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The two brands will be donating a portion of sales from each bottle to Regenerate America, a regenerative agriculture coalition which aims to promote sustainable farming and health soil.

Read more