Chef Martha Ortiz of Mexico City’s Dulce Patria Restaurant (#48 on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2016) created a specialty pairing dish with Tequila Casa Dragones Joven in honor of Valentine’s Day. This unique dish of cocoa mole not only offers the perfect balance to the complex, smooth taste of Casa Dragones Joven, but is also an homage to the culinary traditions of ancient Mexico.
Cocoa Mole and Mexico’s Culinary Legacy
Centuries ago, cocoa was considered to have spiritual properties capable of healing and was known for its characteristic ability to ignite the senses. As a basic ingredient within mole, and because of its deeply-rooted presence in Mexico’s culinary identity, Ortiz perceives the classic mole today as one of the most emblematic dishes of Mexico. For Ortiz, there is history and passion in every aspect of mole beginning with the rhythmic act of grinding the ingredients into a powder (learn more about the process of creating traditional mole here) to the sensual experience of tasting the traditional flavors that have been enjoyed in Mexico for centuries.
For Ortiz, it is much more than flavors and a balance of characteristics that make this pairing of cocoa mole with Tequila Casa Dragones Joven. In her own words, “It is the spirit, the imagination, the fantasy of the mole that finds its perfect marriage in the tequila.”
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