Cesar Alejandro Gomez Flores is the talented Master Mixologist for with the Villa del Palmar in Loreto. Aside from his charming demeanor and attention to service, his talent lies in understanding the guest and whipping up the most exciting and refreshing cocktails that their hearts could desire.
We asked him what he believes the difference is between being a bartender and a mixologist. “It’s almost like being a chef. You must know the flavors very well to achieve the essence you desire in mixing the cocktails.”
Bajarita Cocktail with Damiana Liquor
The Bajarita cocktail is very special, because Damiana liquor comes from this region. The shape of the bottle is one of a curvaceous, voluptuous woman.
Cesar went on to explained that it is believed that the Damiana liquor is an aphrodisiac. He added that if a woman is having trouble getting pregnant, that an ounce of Damiana a day would help her conceive. I drank it anyway, because it would be a miracle if I got pregnant. I did feel a little frisky, but I’m a spicy Latina, so I can’t help it.
Cesar infused his tequila with bell pepper, rosemary & jalapeño peppers for three full days in order to coax out some truly intense and unique flavors. His Bajarita Cocktail didn’t disappoint. A drink like this really hits the spot!
Yield 1 cocktail
Master Mixologist Cesar Alejandro Gomez Flores shows us how to make a incredible, custom Bajarita Cocktail made with Damiana liquor and bell pepper, rosemary and jalapeño infused tequila.
- 1oz. Damiania liquor
- 1 ½ oz. infused tequila
- 1oz. simple Syrup
- 1 oz. of lime juice
- 1oz pineapple juice
- A pinch of salt
- Mix the ingredients in your shaker.
- Top with a fresh pineapple wedge.
- Garnish with baked tortilla & ground chile peppers spice.
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