Barrel Aged Vanilla
Barrel Aged Vanilla
Barrel Aged Vanilla
Barrel Aged Vanilla
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Barrel Aged Vanilla

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If 2020 taught us anything, it's that small business matters. We've teamed up with two incredible small business friends to drop our first limited release since COVID... an extra special barrel aged vanilla bitters. Read on for more details on this fun new collaboration from CEO, Christa Cotton.

Way back in May 2020, which feels like a decade ago if I'm being honest, the Good Food Foundation asked me to participate in a virtual panel for members focused on how we'd successfully switched our business model in the wake of COVID. One of my fellow panelists was Ori Zohar, co-founder of Burlap & Barrel, a single origin spice company based in Brooklyn, NY. We instantly connected, becoming fast virtual friends and workshopping all sorts of pain points from glass sourcing to import & supply chain woes to DIY shortcuts on just about every business topic you can imagine. We opened our rolodexes to one another and pushed each other to think outside the box.

One day, we got to talking about vanilla, and Ori introduced me to his business partner Ethan. Ethan specializes in sourcing unique, quality spices directly from farmers all over the world. If you didn't already know this about me already, impeccable sourcing is kind of my thing. It's how El Guapo came to be in the first place. Anyway, Ethan started telling me about the world's only wild pollinated vanilla bean pod as well as a special varietal from Zanzibar he'd smuggled back into the US in a suitcase. He had 2kg still vacuum sealed in his apartment, which he enthusiastically mailed to me. And thus, a pandemic collaboration was born...

For years now, I've wanted to age a product in a Roulaison Rum Barrel. Patrick and Andrew have been great partners and friends over the years. We regularly feature their products in cocktails and classes, and it was a natural next step to collaborate. After going in fits and starts while moving facilities and dealing with a host of growing pains in 2019, we shelved the idea until I had more time to concentrate on something special. COVID has been crazy and I'm busier than ever, but once I received the vanilla pods in the mail from Ethan, I knew this was our moment. 

Patrick and Andrew lent us two freshly emptied, wet barrels and so the process began. When you purchase these bitters, you are supporting three small businesses at once!

Pairing: A nice complement to bourbon rye and whiskey, try these in your next Old Fashioned, or hop on the tiki drink bandwagon with this unique flavor profile. For holiday, try these with mulled wine, spiced ciders and punch recipes. 

2 oz





Our CEO, Christa Cotton, has been named a 2021 James Beard Foundation Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Fellow. This program is run in partnership with Cornell University, an original member of the Ivy League. We're excited for the months ahead with this cohort of 21 incredible women owned businesses from across the country.

What An Honor

We are SO EXCITED to share that we’re featured in the December/January issue of Garden & Gun! You’ll find us in the drinks category of the Made In The South Awards! ✨ Thank you, Wayne Curtis & the entire G&G krewe for such a kind review.

To our restaurant & retail partners, who’ve championed El Guapo from the early days, and to our LOYAL following of home bar enthusiasts: THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. We would not be here without all of you.

Please #shopsmall this holiday season... it’s more important this year than ever before. ♥️

Tory Burch Fellow

Our CEO, Christa Cotton, is a Tory Burch Foundation Fellow! In addition to mentorship spearheaded by the Foundation, Christa also received a $5,000 grant for business education. She'll be meeting Tory at the 2022 Embrace Ambition Summit this coming March in New York City.

6x Winners: Good Food Awards

As winners of four Good Food Awards, we set the bar for the highest quality bitters, syrups and mixers on the market.  El Guapo products can be found behind upscale bars and restaurants across the US and abroad, as well as on store shelves at fine independent retailers and national partners like Whole Foods.

Legacy Award: Fine Spirits

Our CEO, Christa Cotton, is the recipient of the Les Dames d'Escoffier Legacy Award for Fine Spirits! She spent three weeks in Mexico travelling between Oaxaca, Mexico City and Jalisco to learn all things agave. We are grateful to Les Dames for the honor & the Julia Child Foundation for sponsoring the award. 🥂✨

Goldman Sachs 10k Alumni

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing access to education, capital and business support services.

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