Celebrating Gloria Cortina’s New Line With Casa Dragones Blanco Cocktails
Tequila Casa Dragones was proud to support Mexican designer Gloria Cortina at the opening night of her first solo exhibition, by pouring the unique Casa Dragones Blanco signature craft cocktail which was inspired by her own design work. The cocktail, aptly named “The Obsidian,” was originally created by mixologist Rael Petit who drew its inspiration from the shimmering black tiles of obsidian that cover the walls and ceiling of Casa Dragones Tasting Room in San Miguel de Allende and were conceptualized and facilitated by Gloria Cortina herself.
Unveiled in Manhattan’s Cristina Grajales Gallery, the exhibition’s opening night drew over 100 guests including Laura Raicovich, head of the Queens Museum, designer Sebastian Errazuriz, and Collective Design Fair Founder Steven Learner to enjoy cocktails while weaving in and out of Cortina’s new furniture line, “From Within.” The line features glistening pieces of furniture created primarily from black, bronze, silver and gold obsidian, as well as nickel, brass, quartz and purple cochinilla lacquer. Many of the pieces are polished and hammered into shape by hand, and each reflect Cortina’s fascination with Mexican heritage.
The choice to incorporate obsidian – a naturally occurring glass-like rock common to various parts of Mexico – and cochinilla lacquer which gets its purple coloring from the Cochineal insect showcases Cortina’s deep fascination with Mexican heritage and culture as both materials were also commonly used by the Aztecs. Learn more about the exhibition which toes the line between the ancient and the contemporary here.