Best Cocktails in Quito Ecuador Casa Gangotena

Art will come in a lot of forms, but I hadn’t thought of one particular of these varieties in a cocktail. And I surely hadn’t anticipated to locate an completed mixology artist in Quito Ecuador. But occasionally the best encounters are when you minimum anticipate it.

Immediately after a prolonged working day of touring close to Quito, I sat down for a cocktail at Casa Gangotena in the heart of Quito Old Town. Whilst sitting at the open up air rooftop terrace, I browse the in no way-ending cocktail menu and was straight away intrigued. It was not just huge, but it was unusual…really abnormal.

Bourbon, Gin, AND IPA all in the similar cocktail…wait…did I read that correct?

Telling a Tale in a Glass

Casa Gangotena’s FIESTA cocktails were being established to acquire you on a drinking tour by some of Ecuador’s loveliest provinces and towns, celebrating the prosperity of special native ingredients usually enjoyed in every of these locations all through well-liked festivals. This wasn’t just a cocktail, this was an encounter in a glass. From the aromas, to the substances, to the tastes, to the glass itself, it told a full tale.

Fiesta Menu

For the Fiesta menu they analyzed the location where by the fiesta was held, decided essential elements and flavors, and designed a elaborate consume that would be additional than simply thirst quenching…it would be transporting.

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Fiesta del Maiz cocktail

I selected to start out with the Fiesta del Maiz cocktail. The pageant is a harvest celebration held in September in the northern province of Imbabura. The combination of bourbon, gin, and beer intrigued and perplexed me I experienced to attempt it. It arrived out in a beautiful ceramic glass with a lid on top that held corn nuts and other crunchy goodness. You simply took the lid off and you had a minor plate of nibblies to have with the cocktail – it was beautiful and ingenious!

I’m gonna say it…it was almost certainly a single of the very best cocktails I have ever had. The flavors were being bright and refreshing (generally fantastic in a scorching place), and the minor bites of corn nuts improved the whole knowledge.

As I viewed the other unusual drinks occur out for our team, I was equally amazed with the other cocktails and eyeglasses. Other festivals and flavors are represented on the menu like the Diablada de Píllaro the Devil’s Dance Pageant held in the province of Tungurahua south of Quito. The competition celebrates indigenous liberation and rebel from colonialism. And the cocktail includes rum, apple, ginger, incredibly hot pepper, hominy juice and goldenberry – all served up in an ingenious container that appears to be like like the satan.

You can see the finish lineup of festival cocktails listed here.

The Artistry Goes Further than the Drink to the Glass

I’ve usually been intrigued with the vessel in which a cocktail generation is served. I’m partial to the mid-century present day glasses that choose you again in time when you see them. I have also been curious about the Belgian beer glasses that increase the famed Belgian beers. But this competition menu took cocktail glasswear to a new amount.

When the fiesta menu was established, Director of Mixology Jossimar Lujan partnered with a local pottery artist, Claudia Anhalzer to assistance create the story of the cocktail. Substantially like a book protect is crucial to a e book, glassware is what houses this liquid story and also need to be a element of the unforgettable encounter.

I had the pleasure of heading to go to Claudia at her workshop (arranged by Casa Gangotena) in Quito’s historic middle. The petite artist achieved us at the doorway and led us up to her rooftop studio.

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