Video: How to Make the Cocktail Conference’s Signature Drink, “Beso de Agave”

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Cocktail enthusiasts from around the world will gather from Jan. 14-17 for tastings, parties, and seminars of the San Antonio Cocktail Conference. Every year the conference creates a new signature cocktail to commemorate the festivities.  This year’s cocktail is the “Beso de Agave,” (“Agave Kiss”) a southwestern influenced drink.  

“It’s smoky and spicy with big aggressive flavors, but is still a little refreshing,” said Bohanan’s Bar Manager Jordan Corney.  

Those big flavors come from Mezcal, a distilled alcohol from the agave plant that brings a distinct smoky flavor to the drink. The flavor doesn’t agree with everyone – some people prefer the taste of traditional tequila. 

“The Mezcal may cause the drink to be polarizing for some cocktail drinkers, but the other ingredients make it a good entry-level Mezcal drink,” Corney said.  “I’m interested to see how margarita drinkers will feel about it.”

The Cocktail Conference officially starts Thursday, Jan. 14 with an opening party at 7 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, but several paired dinners and industry events are planned in the days leading up to the four-day conference.

The recipe is as follows:

  • 1 oz. Milagro Reposado
  • 1 oz.  Montelobos
  • 1 1/2 oz.  pineapple juice
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • Barspoon of agave nectar
  • Shake well with ice
  • Add a splash of ginger beer
  • Floater of Ancho Reyes
  • Mint sprig, for Garnish


*Top image: “Beso de Agave” is the signature drink for the 2016 San Antonio Cocktail Conference. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone.

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