Valley man follows tequila-infused dream, creates uniquely flavored drink

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons make lemonade, but for Dave Blunier life gave him a curiosity so he made his own tequila.

About two years ago, the long-time insurance broker decided it would be fun to see if he could master the libation at home, like many do with beer.

Not knowing where to start, he did what most would do.

“I looked it up on the internet,” he said.

Blunier improvised a filter system in his garage, tried several different recipes, and did a whole lot of taste testing. Several attempts later, he found the recipe that worked.

Using Arizona honey and a touch of vanilla, Dulce Dorado Tequila was born. He and his wife, Andrea, say they recruited help from friends and neighbors to be taste testers, and ended up giving bottles of their creation as gifts.

It wasn't long before a local distributor made Blunier an offer to produce the tequila in bulk and the rest, they say, is history.

Dulce Dorado is now made in Mexico, bottled in the Midwest and sold in nearly 100 bars and restaurants in the Valley. And while the Bluniers are enjoying their success, they aren’t sitting on their laurels. Up next, a cinnamon flavored tequila.

We say cheers to that!