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New Mixology at Hotel Matilda

cocktails in san miguel de allendeby Gregory Gunter

Hey, Happy Hour fans, The Hotel Matilda here in San Miguel de Allende is raising the bar at its popular lounge by bringing on a rising star on the international mixology stage to re-energize and re-imagine Bar Matilda.

The new Mixologist at Bar Matilda is Alberto “Riesler” Morales Perez, an accomplished and innovative barman with numerous recognitions and achievements to his name, from winning national cocktail competitions to serving as bar manager for a trend-setting hotel company.

He uncorked his creative juices immediately upon arriving at Hotel Matilda by creating a signature drink for Bar Matilda that meshes the latest global trends with Mexican and indigenous elements. ‘Handu’ is a vodka infused with cactus, scented with lavender, accented with Otomíes citrus (local fruits), and made effervescent with sparkling Perrier.

Among the changes Mr. Perez is planning are a ‘Classic Mexican’ menu that will tap rituals of Mexican culture to create unique versions of international cocktails; taking to the next level the worldwide trend of substituting the spirits traditionally used in cocktails with mezcal and tequila; and putting his own spin on the latest in European and American mixology. Bar Matilda also will develop many of its own ingredients, from mixers and syrups to bitters. And to involve the local community and guests, it will offer mixology clinics, cocktail contests and tasting events as well as invite guest bartenders.

Yo, Alberto, I make a mean Cuba Libre and I live half a block down the street–I’m ready for my close-up whenever you’re ready for that guest bartender!