Tequila Launch

Spirits are high at swanky soiree where smooth tequila import is a hit

Spirits are high at swanky soiree where smooth tequila import is a hit

Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, David and Estela Cockrell
David Cockrell, Estela Cockrell. Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Nicolas Solich and Maria Carolina
Nicolas Solich, Maria Carolina. Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Yann Audebert, Lutfi Rukub
Yann Audebert, Lutfi Rukub. Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Saba and Sarah Jawda
Saba Jawda, Sarah Jawda.  Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Marcy de Luna, Elizabeth Dorey.
Marcy de Luna, Elizabeth Dorey. Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Jeremy Garcia, Alex Gottschalk, Brian McCullough
Jeremy Garcia, Alex Gottschalk, Brian McCullough. Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Blakely and Trey Griggs
Blakely Griggs, Trey Griggs.  Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Michael and Leslie Fertitta
Michael Fertitta, Leslie Fertitta. Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Amanda Fox, Derek Potts
Amanda Fox, Derek Potts.  Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Valerie and Tracy Dieterich
Valerie Dieterich, Tracy Dieterich. Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Vicky Wight, Sue Sim
Vicky Wight, Sue Sim. Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Alan and Luba Bigman
Alan Bigman, Luba Bigman. Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, David and Estela Cockrell
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Nicolas Solich and Maria Carolina
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Yann Audebert, Lutfi Rukub
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Saba and Sarah Jawda
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Marcy de Luna, Elizabeth Dorey.
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Jeremy Garcia, Alex Gottschalk, Brian McCullough
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Blakely and Trey Griggs
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Michael and Leslie Fertitta
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Amanda Fox, Derek Potts
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Valerie and Tracy Dieterich
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Vicky Wight, Sue Sim
Houston, Casa Dragones launch party, October 2015, Alan and Luba Bigman

Estela and David Cockrell, along with 40 VIP guests, toasted Casa Dragones Blanco tequila Wednesday night at their Tanglewood home. The couple hosted an exclusive soiree celebrating the local launch of the high-end sipping tequila, which hit Houston shelves in May.

The clean, crisp taste of Casa Dragones Blanco was a quick hit with the trendsetting crowd. While two tequila-based craft cocktails were served, including the Spanish Harlem (made with Italian liqueur, cherry liqueur and chocolate bitters) and the El Burro (mixed with apple-ginger beer, Angostura bitters and Peychaud's bitters), several enthusiasts opted to drink it neat and on the rocks.

Handcrafted in Mexico and already a name south of the border, Casa Dragones hopes to work its tequila magic on the Houston market. Smooth with underlying notes of vanilla, pear and spice, the platinum-colored tequila made of 100 percent blue agave joven paired easily with hors d'oeuvres from Jackson and Company. Waiters in crisp white jackets served portobello carpaccio, smoked chicken and pork tenderloin croustade.

Yann Audebert, chief commercial and strategy officer of Casa Dragones, was on-hand to answer questions and give background information on the company, founded in 2008 by MTV creator and Clear Channel CEO Robert W. Pittman and tequila industry expert Bertha González Nieves.

Guests in good spirits included: Elizabeth Petersen, John Kuhl, Joanna Barrett, Elizabeth Dorey, Johnny Rinando, Lutfi Rukub, Jason Cook, Marian Baxter and Luba and Alan Bigman.
 

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