Breaking Bad co-stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul bartend in Tampa

Two men stand behind a bar and pour drinks for a lively group of guests

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, famous for their roles as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad, were in Tampa over the weekend slinging drinks behind the bar at American Social. The pair have been touring Florida promoting Dos Hombres mezcal.

They were also serving up free samples of their Method to the Madness Mule cocktail, which was created by Paul and Cranston and is made with Sauza Hacienda Silver, Dos Hombres Mezcal, guava, lime and Fever-Tree Ginger Beer.

The duo stayed mostly behind the bar, but happily signed autographs and took pictures with fans during the festivities. “We started Dos Hombres to create a Mezcal that we thought was perfect,” write the iconic pair on their company’s website. “A unique blend of the finest Espadin agave, hand-selected from the hillsides of a small village in Oaxaca, Mexico.”


Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul pour Dos Hombres in Tampa

Dos Hombres is the product of multiple generations of proud Mezcal producers from the small village of San Luis del Rio, in a remote section of Oaxaca. With the blessing of the rich soil and adequate rainfall, the best agaves in the world are cultivated.

It’s a delicate process creating the perfect drink. Here’s how the Dos Hombres founders describe the process: Espadin agave must be grown for at least 6 years before it’s ready for harvest. The leaves are cut off in the fields and the plant’s piña is dug up. The root balls (or pineapples) are chopped into quarters then placed into earthen pits of hot stones and covered with soil. Four days of baking the agave brings out their natural sugars.

The sweet fruit is now transferred to a round, above-ground pit, where a traditional stone wheel, usually pulled by a donkey, breaks down the cooked agave into a mash. The mashed agave is put into wooden tubs of mountain spring water. Left to ferment over the next 7 to 10 days, the mash becomes a “tepache”.


Want to experience American Social for yourself? Visit the space at 601 S Harbour Island Blvd #107.

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