I told everyone that the op to enjoy Pura Vida Tequila with Godsmack was absolutely made for me since Godsmack is one of my all time favorite bands… and well, this girl does enjoy anything related to tequila. So happy light flicked on when I found out I was selected to party like a rock star at the Godsmack concert and sample Pura Vida Tequila.
Most people do wine tasting parties. Not us! We often have tequila tasting parties where we pick a type of tequila and then we gather with friends to sample the different brands. Fortunately our friends are tequila lovers and just like connoisseurs love a fine wine, ours enjoy great tequilas.
Tequila Myth: Mezcal and tequila are the same thing.
Tequila Fact: Technically tequila is a type of mezcal but mezcal is not a type of tequila.
Mezcal can be made from several varieties of agave found in Mexico but only tequila uses the blue agave. The heart of the agave plant is heated to render it’s juices and then distilled to create different types of tequilas. Pura Vida Spirits currently offers four types of tequila which are Silver, Reposada, Anejo, and Extra Anejo.
I will be going to San Miguel de Allende in December and hope to be able to visit the Jalisco area where the blue agave plants are found and hopefully find a tequila factory tour (or two).
Ah, the #815TequilaTime logo on the Pura Vida party bus! While on the party bus Sully explained that they used to do a shot of tequila at 8:15 PM before each concert as they normally went on stage at 8:30 PM. This quickly became a tradition for the band and as word spread by fans who started talking about #815TequilaTime, the tradition is known by Godsmack fans. Wanting to create an 815 Tequila brand, Sully researched the details of creating a new brand for the band’s tradition and after meeting Stewart from Pura Vida Spirits… well, as you can see they work together now to bring tequila cheer to all their fans.
Guess what time it is! Above you see Sully sharing the #815TequilaTime story with fans and getting ready for the #815TequilaTime shot. To the right of the photos is Stewart, the creator of Pura Vida Spirits. (I want his job!)
Tequila Myth: Tequila is for drinking in shots.
Tequila Fact: There are many fine sipping tequilas that should never be consumed in one swig!
Pura Vida Spirits has an Extra Anejo which I can’t wait to sample. (Anejo is Spanish for aged and is used to describe cheese, tequila, etc.) My personal two favorite types of tequila are:
Aged between 1 – 3 years in small oak barrels, Pura Vida triple distills their tequila and ages it to perfection in oak barrels that were used to make Kentucky bourbon.
Aged a minimum of 3 years and Pura Vida ages their fine extra anejo in second generation cognac barrels. I find it interesting that they use cognac barrels and again, can’t wait to sip on this one to see how the tequila picked up the flavors from the wood.
If you live in the Las Vegas Valley, you will find Pura Vida tequila sold and served at:
- Balboa’s Pizza in the District
- Lee’s Liquor
- South Point Casino
- Total Wine
Step inside the Pura Vida party bus and you won’t be surprised to find someone creating drinks for guests. I loved the bottles and was impressed at how heavy they are compared to other spirit bottles.
As we entered the bus we were offered the signature drink, the Sully Smash. (Recipe coming soon…) Various guests came and left but not before taking a refreshment (or two) made by the bartender using the Pura Vida products.
Godsmack founder and front man, Sully Erna. Sully is known for pumping a Godsmack concert up to a whole new level with his energetic guitar playing (and traditional one on one playing bongos against Shannon) to tossing cups of beer into the audience. While fans all over the world love his chords, the fans at a concert get to really connect with Sully in a different way and they love it!
Robbie Merrill is so fun to watch at a Godsmack concert as he works his bass while almost in a “Voodoo” trance. (Like what I did there?) To get into the mood of any Godsmack song, just watch Robbie and let his rhythm take over your body.
I am thankful to Shannon Larkin (drummer above) and Tony Rombola (lead guitar below) for creating the base for one of my top 10 favorite songs ever… Love. Hate. Sex. Pain. I really wanted to share that with the band but forgot during my time with them… so thank you! (And I really wish that song was on your playlist… maybe next tour?!)
I have always seen Tony as the quiet one as you get that feeling when you watch him on stage. After meeting him in person, I feel that my first opinion is pretty darn accurate. He sits there and takes everything in listening to the conversations around him. On stage he slowly walks around playing song after song with no real change in demeanor. Don’t let this fool you as this is one of the most talented lead guitars players out there!
The Pura Vida Party experience is one that I will never forget and a HUGE thanks to everyone involved who made it happen.
Please bookmark my site and watch for additional articles about my experience where I will be sharing notes from my person interview, developing some awesome recipes, and sharing more photos so you can feel as though you were there too! Note: I took over 700 photos at this event and am slowly going through them – visit my Pura Vida Tequila Pinterest board for additional photos from the night to enjoy.
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- Godsmack Goodness Dessert Recipe (coming soon)
- Sully Smash Recipe (coming soon)
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