I recently discovered Mama’s Boy tequila at a private fundraiser event. Not a major tequila fan even in shot form, I enjoyed sipping this infused tequila on ice, then mixed to deliciousness in a zesty Margarita. What makes this tequila special is not only the cool black bottle with the yellow skull and a dangling pacifier from its mouth, but the tequila is infused with pineapple mango. Not sickeningly sweet, but a perfect infusion making tequila drinkable for me.
After out fondness that night for several Mama’s Boys, we followed up with Sean Conley, the Mama’s Boy creator and bartender extraordinaire to ask him some questions about how a drink with a Bad Boy spirit, came to be infused with a sweet fruit flavor.
How did you get started with your creations?
I noticed that Tequila infusions were scarce and mostly limited to Vodkas. The larger established Tequila brands were dabbling in coffee and some small start-ups were using oddly enough cinnamon with unnatural flavors and colors. To me there was a window of opportunity to create a new type of spirit and branding around infusing Tequilas.
What inspired you?
Flavors inspire me, I just naturally like to mix and match flavor concepts with spirits. I have been a bartender for over 20 years in Los Angeles, which is one of the new hubs for mixology. I never refer to myself as a mixologist though, I am just a bartender who knows what you want to drink.
Is it made in Mexico from agave, like true tequila?
Our tequila comes from the family owned and managed Tequilas Del Senor estate. We import their Tequila from Jalisco, Guadalajara to Bend, Oregon where at Bend Distillery we use real fruit and local peppers with fresh Cascade Mountain water to handcraft Mama’s Boy Infusions.
Are you a Mama’s Boy? How did you come up with the name?
I am truly a Mama’s Boy. Pretty much raised by my mother and watched her go through many highs and lows. Without her, I would not be who I am. I have always made it a mission to not only make my mom proud, but to be successful enough to take care of her financially and support her through her agonizing pain of Arthritis and Transverse Meticulitis. My arms are covered with tattoos and on my right wrist is ‘Mamas’ and my left wrist is ‘Boy’ which I have had long before I began infusing Tequila.
Where can we find your delicious infused tequila, Mama’s Boy?
Mama’s Boy Infusions are in over 45 on premise bars and restaurants here on the west side of LA and throughout Southern California Whole Foods locations. We also just launched our new website Mama’s Boy Brands so anyone in the USA can go online to purchase a bottle to be delivered straight to your home or office.
What is the best way to serve Mama’s Boy tequila?
I love drinking Mama’s Boy on the rocks. It’s best served chilled so throw that puppy in the freezer. When I get together with friends we throw down a few shots while making a signature Mama’s Boy Margarita. There is a great list of cocktails on our website; my favorite right now is probably the Palomama.
- 2 oz. Mama’s Boy Tequila
- 1 oz. Grapefruit Juice
- 1/2 oz. Lime
- 1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice
- 1 tsp. Agave
- Lime Twist
- Shake and strain over new ice
- Serve with a chili salt rim