Nov. 4, 2022

TCGP S2 E3 The Cocktail Guru Visits Atlantic City!

Join us on the next episode of The Cocktail Guru Podcast as we visit Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino for sitdowns with Bally's own Paul Juliano, Mast Jagermeister's Aleesha Meola, and cocktail star Juan Coronado, Co-Founder of Mijenta Tequila!

On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, we visit Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino for sitdowns with Bally's own Paul Juliano, Mast-Jägermeister National Accounts Manager Aleesha Meola, and cocktail star Juan Coronado, who shares his spirited journey from his native Dominican Republic to a series of high-profile gigs—including extended stints with Chef José Andrés and Bacardí Rum—and how he and tequilera Ana Maria Romero came to create Mijenta Tequila with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash. Plus enjoy the show's two new spirited features: Tipple Time and Top Off! All brought to you by Emilio Lustau, Cognac Ferrand, and The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley.


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Press & Media

"Juan Coronado from Mijenta Tequila" - Cocktails Distilled (October 22, 2022) (

"15 minutes with Juan Coronado, Co-Founder of Mijenta Tequila" - Hospitality News Magazine (October 6, 2022) (

"Love Your Tequila, Love Your Cocktail" - Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (July 5, 2022) (

"Co-Founder Juan Coronado & Maestra Tequilera Ana Maria Romero Present Mijenta Tequila" - (May 19, 2021) (

"Washington, DC, Has Gone Rum Crazy. And This Man Might Be the Reason." - (October 25, 2017) (

"From Shaker to Stove" - The Clever Root (Summer 2017) (

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Aleesha Meola

National Accounts Manager-- Hotels & Casinos

Aleesha is National Accounts Manager-Hotels & Casinos for Mast-Jägermeister US and has been with the company for a year and a half. She has been in the liquor sales and beverage industry for almost 24 years, and for 20 of those years she worked in Las Vegas casinos. Working with Jägermeister and Teremana Tequila has been such an amazing experience, she cannot wait to see how much more success can be achieved.
Aleesha has two sons, two dogs, and is a newlywed! She enjoys spending all of her free time with her family and enjoying concerts with her husband and friends.

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Juan Coronado


Over the past 20 years, Juan Coronado has built an impeccable reputation in the beverage industry as an award-winning mixologist and entrepreneur. His mission is to create and innovate beverage programs and to make positive financial impact in hospitality outlets. As an entrepreneur, he has designed the structure for a range of companies, including Colada Shop, Bresca Restaurant, and Serenata Bar in Washington, DC; Mijenta Tequila, the first B- Corp sustainable tequila in the world; and Tres Tribus Mezcal, an artisanal mezcal from the Mixteca Region of Oaxaca.