Tequila & Tamales 2013: You Voted, and the Winners Are ...
Tuesday night's third annual Tequila & Tamales at Pearl Bar was a great success, with more than 200 people showing up to taste tamales and tequila cocktails from five restaurants.
Photo by Francisco Montes The tables at Pearl Bar were packed with tamales and cocktails that were soon devoured by the hungry crowd.
Every single tamale I tried was delicious and worthy of a spot on your Christmas Eve dinner table (or a table any other time of year). It was clear from the outset, though, that two places were the front-runners in their categories.
I kept seeing people with pink-hued beverages in their hands, sipping a little too quickly on the libation that I later found out was from El Gran Malo. Owner Steve Sharma was there explaining the mix to people waiting eagerly in a long line for a glass of the cocktail that you could smell even before you got to the table manned by the the teams from El Gran Malo and its new sister bar/eatery, El Big Bad.
Photo by Francisco Montes The winning cocktail from El Gran Malo, now being served both there and at El Big Bad!
El Gran Malo, famous for its tequila infusions, pulled out all the stops to make a tasty, holiday-themed beverage containing cranberry-infused Agavales tequila. The drink -- The Champ 3, El Hat Trick -- mixed the cranberry tequila with churro tequila (infused with cinnamon and Madagascar vanilla beans), some lemon juice, lime juice and agave nectar. It was garnished with a dried cranberry on a wintergreen essence toothpick, which is what everyone could smell from across the room. Definitely festive.
In tallying up your votes, we found that El Gran Malo's tasty and multi-dimensional cocktail was your clear favorite. El Gran Malo and El Big Bad have both decided to make it a special this week, so stop by either spot and try the winning "El Hat Trick" drink.