The Spirits of Mexico Chicago

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary

Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar
358 W. Ontario Chicago, IL 60654

Sponsored by:

10 years ago, the Spirits of Mexico concurrently launched in New York City and San Diego CA.  In 2012, we debuted in Chicago at Zocalo to an enthusiastic crowd of 200+ guests.

During the past 10 years, the Spirits of Mexico received eight proclamations officially designating ‘Spirits of Mexico Day/s’, commendations from the Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce and the Consulate General Mexico as well as notable tributes from ‘O, the Oprah Magazine’, San Diego Magazine,  dozens of additional media outlets and bloggers—and most importantly, the guests who return every year.

Significantly, in the past ten years, the sales of Tequila alone have shown significant double-digit growth. There are now more than 1,260 brands of Tequila on the market, most of which are all the rage, 100% de agaves. Mezcals, Sotols, Bacanora, Raicilla, Liqueurs, Wines and other Spirits of Mexico now await your tasting pleasure.

Come celebrate the distiller’s art. Master distillers and blenders, authors, mixologists, aficionados and ambassadors-from world renowned and new-to-market-brands-all meet to share their skills, experience and, of course, their spirits! Sample dozens of signature styles of all of the spirits produced in Mexico.

Silent Auction Benefiting The SKY RANCH FOUNDATION

Proceeds from our Silent Auction, featuring fine spirits & other products, 
benefit the Sky Ranch Foundation, celebrating 53 years of helping troubled youth.

The Spirits of Mexico Cocktail Challenge!
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Vote for your favorite Spirits of Mexico Chicago Cocktail of the Year.  

Dale Degroff

Junior Merino

Judge for yourself which cocktail, using Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters and Junior Merino’s Dainzu Syrups & Rimmers should win the People’s Choice award.

VIP Hour begins at 6pm.

VIPs receive:

Hosted by Julio Bermejo, the beverage manager of Tommy's Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco. Julio created the restaurant's signature drink, the Tommy's margarita, which in 2011 was voted a new era classic cocktail by the IBA and Daniel de Oliveira, an award-winning mixologist and full time brand ambrassador for Olmeca Altos tequila.

Read Julio and Daniel's Bios

Combining passion, charisma and originality with an unrivalled knowledge and reverence for the art of Tequila, Milagro Ambassador Jaime Salas is the perfect embodiment of modern day Mexico. Jaime will be leading this exciting seminar

Read Jaime's Bio 


Participating Brands 2013


        DeadHead Rum      Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Tequila Montelobos Mezcal


         Milagro Tequila            Olmeca Altos Tequila                 El Jimador Tequila

       Herradura Tequila              Tequila Centinela                Apocalypto Tequila


   Tequila Don Modesto             Tarantula Tequila                    Bracero Tequila

 Dos Armadillos Tequila


For inspiration and information about Chicago see the Chicago travel guide on World Travel Guide.



Must be 21 or older to attend: Proof of age and Photo I.D. Required

Please consume responsibly. Carpool with a designated driver or hire a taxi