Getting Drunk at the Office: Chuy Tovar of Real De Mexico Tequila and a Recipe for the Real Mexican

Jose "Chuy" Tovar
Javier Cabral
Jose "Chuy" Tovar at The Real De Mexico Distillery

I met Jose "Chuy" Tovar through a Facebook inquiry he put in to me about places to find the best menudo (yes, he saw me on TV). It turned out he was the chief operating pinche-officer of Real De Mexico Tequila, a 2-year-old tequila company based in Echo Park that distributes quite possibly the best tequila you will ever taste in your life.

Not so soon after that, I invited him to my bloody 21st-birthday/backyard-punk-rock-gig party. There, he set up an impromptu cocktail bar and hand-muddled some chingón cocktails for my friends with which to chase their 40-ounce King Cobra's. Needless to say, we have been inseparable since.

Chuy is one of those all-around bad-asses. He used to be the operations manager for the Patina Restaurant Group for both LA and OC, working at Pinot Provence, Park Prive and Leatherby's Cafe Rouge. And this past Tuesday, I invited him over to Weekly world headquarters to meet Jefe Arellano and give him a taste of the Real Mexican, Real De Mexico's official cocktail.

Chuy Mobile Muddler
Javier Cabral
The Mobile Muddler

At exactly 12:30 in the afternoon (anyone seeing a trend here?), Chuy was outside the office with a backpack full of cilantro from his mom's garden, a whole jalapeño and fresh Key limes. All this was not for his taco lunch, but for the Real Mexican!

Chuy is a stickler for perfection, and when you combine this with a passion for tequila, you get this!

The Real Mexican

4 stalks cilantro (leaves only)
1 chunk of fresh pineapple
1 round slice of jalapeño
2/3 oz. of fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. of Agave nectar
1 1/2 oz. of Real De Mexico Tequila Blanco
Pineapple juice
Ice

Directions:

1) In a cocktail shaker, muddle together cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, pineapple and agave for 30 to 60 seconds.
2) Pour rest of tequila, then fill with ice.
3) Shake (for about 20 to 30 seconds).
4) Serve over ice, splash with pineapple juice.
5) Garnish with cocktail skewer of pineapple and slice of jalapeño.
6) Enjoy!
 

El Jefe Arellano Con Su Copita
Javier Cabral
El Jefe Arellano Hard At Work

Next week: Chuy takes me to some of his favorite OC hole-in-the-walls! Stay tuned . . .


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Alfredo Galvez
Alfredo Galvez

It was a chore hunting and gathering the ingredients, but this strange instinct within me pushed me to taste this concoction. And, lo and behold, eureka! Thank you.

Emerson Quevedo
Emerson Quevedo

Great post, great drink and - no BS - the best tequila you'll find around! Tell the Chief Operating pinche-officer that he better be ready to prepare me one of those the next time we get together as a non-celebratory juerga at my place. :D

You have a talent for letters and words my good "pulquero"... you seriously do.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Is it true this drink makes güero white folk explode? I'd be happy to volunteer to experiment.

Eddie Lin
Eddie Lin

Freakin' drunk Mexicans. (Haha. Just jealous.)

Hungry Momma
Hungry Momma

Hungry Momma HAS to know where that shirt he's wearing is from. I NEED that for Hungry Poppa!

Gerardo Samayoa
Gerardo Samayoa

Wow that actually looks amazing! A "Real Mexican" sounds great right about now. keep rockin' and learnin'! Your pal, and bro...Boots<('.'<)

Oscar Bueno
Oscar Bueno

Pinche Officer = Too funny!Great job on the post. I like the "chill" tone of the post. And tonight looks like a "Real Mexican" night.

Cheers

Theglutster
Theglutster

gracias Emerson, means a lot coming from you (my web guy!) hahaha. and don't worry, you will soon be a pulquero next week ;)

Theglutster
Theglutster

Thanks for reading Jerry! I'll make you one next time we chill!

Theglutster
Theglutster

thanks! puro pinche chilling 24/7! jaja

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