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Mexican Spirits Gala 2019

The highlight of the event was the diploma award ceremony in the categories: Restaurant of the Year, Newcomer Restaurant and Cantinero of the Year, in recognition for their effort in promoting truly Mexican food and drink in Sweden by utilising essential recipes and techniques for authentic Mexican cooking and mixology.

 On this occasion, the Mexican restaurant Mexikanska Monarkin in Gothenburg, was awarded Restaurant of the Year 2019, and the new Mexican restaurant Chelas in Stockholm won Newcomer Restaurant of the Year. Josephine Sondlo from Indio Kitchen at Rio Bio was recognized as Cantinero of the Year 2019. Claes Puebla Smith, CEO of AliasSmith AB, was awarded Recognition of Honour by the Embassy on the occasion of the 15th Anniversary of the company, for his tireless efforts to disseminate the value and tradition of Tequila and other Mexican spirits, among consumers and distributors in the Nordic countries.

“The Embassy is open for cooperation with the HoReCa industry in Sweden to promote Mexican cuisine and beverages. We are also keen on disseminating knowledge surrounding the culture of tequila and the other agave distillates”, said Claudia Keller Lapayre, Chargée d'affaires, a.i. of the Embassy of Mexico, and encouraged the people present to visit Mexico and create a memorable experience through its cuisine and beverages.The Embassy also acknowledged the Mexican National Chamber of Tequila Industry for its donation of high -quality products that were sampled during the event.

During the event, the guests had the opportunity to taste different kinds of Mexican Spirits such as Tequila, Mezcal, Sotol, Bacanora and Charanda, considered a gift from Mexico to the world.


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In 2004, out of a sincere love and profound admiration for the true artisan spirits of Mexico and its gastronomic culture, AliasSmith was founded. The purpose was, and still is, to educate consumers, distributors and traders about Mexico’s gastro-cultural treasures and make the products accessible to the world.

AliasSmith is distributing, what we and leaders of opinion in the industry believe is, the best Mexican spirits in 22 different countries within and around Europe, offering education and training besides arranging multiple trips for experts to Mexico every year.

The work done since the foundation of AliasSmith has created a solid ground and we know we still have ahead of us the most exciting part of our development. Being aware that the world’s population is drinking less but select more cautiously what they consume we are totally sure we are on the right track working with handcraft, organic and CSR.