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By Priya Konings

Oyamel’s Day of the Dead kick-off party was a whirlwind of revelry, with tequila tasting, face-painting, live music, and even a taqueria. It doesn’t get much better than masked bartenders serving you tequila cocktails while you stuff your face with fresh tortillas and the best guacamole in town. Now that you are convinced that you missed one of the best parties of the year, don’t worry, because you can still sample the food and drink specials until November 1.


The food specials include Huatape de Hongos, a dish comprised of wild, foraged mushrooms doused in a spicy epazote, sorrel and jalapeño sauce; Sopa de Fideos, where toasted vermicelli are tossed in a tomato sauce and topped with veggies and fried chile pasilla, and arroz cvon leche, a sweet rice pudding.


More importantly, to pair with the festive food items beverage director Jasmie Chae created the El Santo contra los Zombies, a cocktail made with El Luchador Organic Tequila, 123 Organic Tequila Blanco, 123 Organic Tequila Añejo, D’Aristi, orange liqueur, orange, lemon, and pomegranate; and the Witches Attack, made with El Luchador Blanco Organic Tequila, grapefruit-lavender mint syrup, and soda.


Oh and if you are wondering what the Day of the Dead is, it’s a three-day Mexican holiday where they celebrate and remember the passing of family and friends. See why the cocktails are necessary?