In honor of National Margarita Day, we’ve gathered a list of Latina-owned mezcal and tequila brands for you to celebrate.
It doesn’t need to be National Margarita Day for us to indulge in some mezcal or tequila. But we’re taking advantage of the day by highlighting Latina-owned mezcal and tequila brands you might want to pick up at the store the next time you need to stock up your bar cart. So enjoy these intentionally made spirits in margaritas or even puro. The choice is yours, amiga – salucita! (And as always, please drink responsibly!)
Casa Dragones is inspired by the legendary Dragones from San Miguel de Allende, who led one of the movements that sparked Mexican independence. Casa Dragones is co-founded and led by CEO Bertha González Nieves, the first female Maestra Tequilera certified by the Academia Mexicana de Catadores de Tequila (Mexican Academy of Tequila Tasters).
Handcrafted and organic, YOLA Mezcal follows a distinctive recipe from 1971 passed down to Yola Jimenez’s grandfather. As granddaughter and cofounder, she and her cofounders Lykke Li and Gina Correll Aglietti preserve the 400-year-old tradition of artisanal mezcal making and distilling on the premises of their farm. Founded and run by women, YOLA Mezcal’s all-female hand-bottling facility is proud to promote autonomy and economic independence for their partners in Oaxaca and across borders.
Doña Vega Mezcal
Doña Vega was founded and produced by Mexican women who set out to make mezcal more accessible and approachable. For two years, through 73 recipes, 22 farms, and too many tastings to count, Sonya Vega and the Doña Vega team created two exquisite varieties of mezcal. The Award-winning mezcal is a creative blend that honors this centuries-old spirit’s bold tradition and unique flavors with a modern twist.
Mezcal Real Minero
Located forty kilometers outside of Oaxaca City, Mezcal Real Minero is one of Mexico’s most sought-after mezcal producers and has been for four generations. It’s a tribute to the family and their inheritance, with Graciela Angeles now at the helm as the owner of her family’s legacy. Together, they fuel their passion for Mezcal day by day just for you.
Satryna’s blended aging process is a closely guarded secret of its founder, Nitzan Marrun’s family. Growing up, Nitzan developed a passion for tequila and dreamt that one day her family’s tequila would be admired and shared worldwide. After many years of convincing her family, they finally decided to release this legendary tequila to the world.
Co-founded by Eliana Murillo, Alquimia Tequila was created to honor a family legacy and demonstrate that a high-quality product could be produced with environmentally friendly, sustainable methods. They use tequila as a vehicle for social good by improving the quality of the environment, creating jobs locally, and creating sustainable practices to support their communities.
Tequila Leyenda de Mexico & La Gritona
Melly Barajas’ father loved tequila, and she decided to make a legend in the tequila industry. The tequila is woman-made, avoiding the use of industrial machines. Instead, its distillery uses adobe ovens built on the land where blue agave is planted. As they say, it’s a tequila made con aroma de mujer.
For it’s sister brand, La Gritona, the tequila is distilled and bottled in Jalisco, Mexico led by Melly’s staff of mujeres. Together, the agave distillation process is very intentional, cultivating the agave plants at the height of their sugar production, and it’s additive-free. Currently, they bottle an average of 12,500 liters per batch, and each bottle is hand blown with recycled Mexican glass in Zapopan.
About the Author
Chantelle Bacigalupo is #WeAllGrow Latina’s Editorial Staff Writer. She is a Bolivian-American photographer, multimedia journalist, and activist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work focuses on issues ranging across immigration, social & environmental justice, preserving Indigenous cultures, and reproductive justice. You can read more of her pieces here.