Who wouldn’t want to do a few shots of tequila with George Clooney? No need to answer that question.
The Oscar winner strolled into Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau on Tuesday night, and the crowd at the bar literally parted.
Clooney was there with his business partner and longtime friend, night-life impresario Rande Gerber, to talk about their new tequila, Casamigos. Along with another partner, Mike Meldman, they’re on a national tour — and as you can imagine, they’re being received well.
Casamigos is named after Clooney’s and Gerber’s adjacent vacation homes in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where they’ve shared some good times.
Clooney said that at first, the booze was intended for friends and family. “We were always looking for the perfect tequila and we could never find it, so we said, ‘What the hell? Let’s give it a shot and make our own,’ ” he said. “I’m not just endorsing this. It’s ours. … I even crushed the agave with my own feet.”
Not really. Clooney is such a jokester (not that we would mind his toes in our cocktail).
The pair traveled to Jalisco to meet with a distiller. Rough gig: They tried roughly 800 samples to get the recipe right.
“The distiller told us, ‘You guys are a pain in the a-s,’ but you know what you really like,” said Gerber, who is married to Cindy Crawford with two kids. “We perfected it. We were so specific.”
The boys like either their blanco (aka silver) and reposado (aged longer or “rested”) served up the same — on the rocks.
“This stuff is so good you don’t need to mix it with anything,” Clooney said of the 80-proof batch. “No lime, no salt chaser.”
Though the men claimed that Casamigos won’t give you a hangover, Clooney does have the perfect cure.
“Eat the greasiest, nastiest food. If you’re going to be miserable, might as well. That’s the day to do it if you’re going to get the fries at McDonald’s.”
The two friends apparently have a higher tolerance than most.
“I can’t tell you how many times we sat and drank an entire bottle. We’ll open it and the next thing you know it’s gone,” explained Gerber, who also launched Caliche Rum last year. “We’ll say, ‘You know, we could drink another one, but maybe we shouldn’t.’ ”
Speaking of the bottles, each comes with the two guys’ signatures. Not a bad keepsake. Expect to see Casamigos on shelves in local, high-end liquor stores in a few weeks (it’s currently sold out) and behind the bars at the Fontainebleau and Whiskey Blue at the W Fort Lauderdale. A promotional video costarring Clooney, his girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, Crawford and Gerber is going to be rolled out this week. Clooney promises it’ll be “a little dirty.”