We aren’t celeb people here at The Manual, but we are keen to try anything and everything, even from a real live movie star.
Casamigos is an ultra-premium tequila founded and owned by Rande Gerber (owner of a premium chain of bars and lounges and Cindy Crawford’s husband), his longtime friend George Clooney and Discovery Land Company CEO & founder Mike Meldman. Casamigos Tequila is a small batch tequila made from the finest, hand-selected, 100% Blue Weber agaves, which are grown in the rich, red clay soil and cool climate of the Jalisco Highlands of Mexico.
We have been sipping on this juice for a couple of weeks and we have to say it is mighty fine and smooth.
So how did these three amigos come up with a likka drank? A number of years ago, George and Rande bought a large plot of land in Mexico and decided to build adjacent homes – they named their homes “Casamigos,” which loosely translates to “House of Friends.” Rande and George began drinking a lot more tequila as they were spending more time in Mexico and after tasting a number of tequilas they didn’t find anything that was up to their standards. So George and Rande decided to produce their own tequila via a master distiller in the Jalisco Highlands of Mexico. They worked on perfecting their blend for over four years, often conducting blind taste tests with friends until they got it right (this is one of those times we wish we hung out with celebs). In their late-night “research sessions,” Gerber and Clooney preferred a sipping tequila known as Reposado, a term referring to the aging period when the spirit rests in oak barrels. Casamigos Tequila currently produces a Blanco and a Reposado.
Although Casamigos was always intended for personal use, eventually they were producing so much tequila and sharing it with their friends that the secret got out and they were encouraged to launch the brand. Since the brand’s launch in January, Casamigos has become one of the most popular and fastest growing tequilas in the country, now available in all 50 states.
Casamigos has garnered a variety of accolades from the spirit industry’s most well respected authority figures. Recent awards and ratings include winning the Gold Medal from the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, the coveted five star rating from BevX magazine, an “A” rating from Good Spirit News and an “Excellent” rating for Casamigos blanco and reposado at this year’s Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
So even though summer is over, rekindle those beach moments with some fine Tequila sippin’ this winter.
Rande and George (you know, we are all pals now), sent us over some recipes to consider using for your next night of drinking with your crew.
SU CASA: George’s take on the Paloma
1 ½ oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
3 oz. Grapefruit soda
½ oz. Fresh lime juice
Pour over ice
Garnish with a lime wedge
MI CASA: Rande’s take on the Margarita
1 ½ oz. Casamigos Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Fresh lime juice
¼ oz. Fresh orange juice
½ oz. Agave nectar
Method: Shake ingredients with ice then strain and serve on the rocks.
Garnish: Orange wedge
The Real Man’s Margarita
3 Cubes of Ice
Method: Pour Casamigos Blanco Tequila
Garnish: Couple of Friends