Celebrating Día de los Muertos with Espolón Was Everything I’ve Always Dreamed Of

I felt like a kid in a candy store at the tequila brand’s Día de los Muertos celebration in Hollywood.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 01: A general view of atmosphere at Espolòn Celebrates Day of the Dead at Academy Nightclub on November 1, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images for Espolòn)

I’ve always been more of a rum person; the sweet drink of the Caribbean has always called out to me and I’ve never had any cause or reason to switch my preferences to anything else. But that’s not to say I don’t enjoy other types of alcohol — good (emphasis on good) tequila has been a loving, loyal friend of mine for as long as I can remember.

Despite all my experiences with different types of tequila, I’ve never had the chance to try Espolón (even though I’m obsessed with their bottle design and marketing tactics). My first encounter with Espolón was two years ago when shopping for a gift for my dad’s 58th birthday. I bought him a $200 bottle of their special anejo x tequila that has been on my mind ever since that purchase. So of course when Celeb Secrets was invited to Espolón’s Día de los Muertos Celebration, I jumped at the chance to be there and celebrate a bit of my heritage while taste testing a tequila I’ve been dying to try myself.

For those of you who don’t know, Espolòn is inspired by the works of the classic Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada and the iconic rooster and imparts true stories of life in real México. Handcrafted with 100% Weber Blue Agave, these heralded premium tequilas are distilled in the Los Altos region of Jalisco, México, and made at the artisan San Nicolas Distillery under the guidance of Master Distiller Cirilo Oropeza.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 01: Jussie Smollett performs onstage at Espolòn Celebrates Day of the Dead at Academy Nightclub on November 1, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images for Espolòn)

When I arrived to the event (which was nestled right next to the Museum of Death), the room was lit up in beautiful pink and purple lighting as Día de los Muertos decorations were displayed throughout Hollywood’s Academy. While I marveled at the decorations smelled delicious carne asada tacos and fresh tamales, I could hear the smooth and velvety voice of Jussie Smollet covering iconic hits from Michael Jackson, BB King, Prince, Whitney Houston (with the help of Ashly Williams and Shyann Roberts), and Tupac’s ‘California Love.’ Sporting classic Día de los Muertos fashion, Smollet also performed a mixture of songs from his new Album Sum of My Music including ‘Hurt People,’ ‘Ha Ha (I Love You)’ which he wrote for his new beau, and ‘Freedom’.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 01: A general view of Espolòn bottles and drink menu at Espolòn Celebrates Day of the Dead at Academy Nightclub on November 1, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images for Espolòn)

While enjoying the private show, I made sure to head to the bar and order myself a glass of Espolón on the rocks which is, in my opinion, one of the smoothest tasting tequilas I have ever had in my life. I made sure to try all three of the Espolón infused drinks available, and all were delicious in their own right. Espolòn is a classic and tasteful tequila made in the highlands of Los Altos in Jalisco and made out of 100% pure agave and has earned itself a place on my shelf for years to come.

Written by Cesar Pardo