Phillips Distilling Co., established in 1912, announced today the addition of Double Gold award-winning Marca Negra Mezcal to its portfolio. The brand joins the Phillip's Distilling Co.'s growing family of premium and ultra-premium spirits which includes Prairie Organic Vodkas, Prairie Organic Gin, UV Premium Vodkas, Casa Centinela Tequilas, Tomatin Scotch Whisky, La Hechicera Aged Rum, and Revel Stoke Whisky, among others. "For a while now, we have been hearing from mixologists across the country about their increased interest in mezcal, we have been searching for the perfect opportunity to join this leading edge category," said Mike Duggan, CEO of Phillips Distilling Co. "In Marca Negra we found the ideal ultra-premium partner to complement brands like Prairie Organic Spirits, Tomatin Scotch, Casa Centinela Tequilas, La Hechicera Aged Rum, to balance our ultra-premium portfolio. We couldn't be more honored to welcome Marca Negra to our family."

Perfectomundo is the first Tequila to climb Mount Everest! A few precious bottles of Perfectomundo Blanco were carried on mules and by hand up the world's highest mountain during a recent trip to Nepal by world famous DJ and co-Founder of Perfectmundo Paul Oakenfold.

The search for this year's Patrón "Margarita of the Year" began on International Margarita Day (February 22) when Patrón selected seven top bartenders from around the world to create their own unique interpretations of a perfect margarita, drawing from local ingredients and cultural inspiration. Those seven recipes were then sampled at bars, restaurants, and Patrón events across the globe, demonstrated on weekly Facebook Live broadcasts, available for home delivery via online cocktail delivery service Cocktail Courier, and promoted on MargaritaOfTheYear.com, where consumers were invited to cast a vote for their favorite. Then on April 10, three margaritas with the most votes were selected as finalist contenders:

  • "English Garden Margarita," with Patrón Silver tequila, Patrón Citrónge Orange liqueur, green peas and earl grey, created by Sophie Bratt from London
  • "Coralina Margarita," with Patrón Reposado tequila, Patrón Citrónge Orange liqueur, red wine and hibiscus, by Mexico City's Riesler Morales
  • "High Plains Margarita," combining Patrón Silver tequila, Patrón Citrónge Orange liqueur, charred pineapple and sage, by Atlanta's Shaun Gordon

After those finalists were announced, consumers again were invited to vote for their top favorite, and now today, after nearly a half million total votes have been cast, the Coralina Margarita has emerged as consumers' favorite margarita for 2017.

St. Louis-based Luxco announced today that the company is finalizing construction on a new tequila distillery in Mexico. The distillery, DGL Destiladores (Destiladora González Luxco), is located just outside the city of Arandas, in the highlands of Jalisco – a prime location for the superior agave used in these premium tequilas. DGL continues the decades-old partnership in making tequila between the Lux and González families

Ultimate Spirits Challenge®, the world's trailblazing spirits competition, announces the winners and full results for the 2017 Challenge. Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC), now in its seventh year, celebrates 43 Chairman's Trophy winners, USC's highest award of excellence, and 213 Finalists. Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2017 was held at the Ultimate Beverage Challenge Evaluation Center in Hawthorne, NY.