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‘Xila’ means ‘woman’ in the indigenous Zapotec language, and Flor de Luna is Mexico’s first female-operated distillery, founded by Hillhamn Salome in Mexico City in 2005, and boasting an all-female production team. This mezcal-based liqueur pays tribute to two of Mexico’s iconic regional cultures: Oaxaca, renowned as the home of mezcal, and Puebla, famed for its smoky ancho chile pepper. The unique recipe features seven flavor elements, each prepared and blended by hand: caramelized pineapple, lavender, ancho chile, hibiscus flower, clove, cinnamon, and black pepper. The mezcal base is espadín joven, produced in Santiago Mazatlan, Oaxaca, by Mezcalero Edilberto Bautista, and delivered at 100 proof. Once the mezcal arrives, the pineapple is caramelized and the chiles are deseeded on the spot, while the other herbs and botanicals are gathered and sorted by hand. The ingredients are then assembled into a giant “tea bag” which macerates in the mezcal for seven days. The liqueur is then proofed with water and handmade syrup down to 40 proof, making it perfect for sipping on its own, or for adding a unique flair to cocktails. Fragrant aromas of lavender and hibiscus yield to caramelized pineapple accented with spicy cinnamon, pepper, and clove, before the ancho chile lends a gentle heat to the earthy, lightly sweet finish.