What do you do if you own a tequila distillery, a glass bottle factory and a centuries-old hacienda? You decorate with tequila bottles.
Decorating with tequila bottles is what the makers of Corralejo Tequila did when they took over the historic Hacienda Corralejo in Pénjamo, Mexico.
Hundreds of bottles of various shapes and colors were stacked on their sides to create stained glass windows in the cellars where the tequila ages.
Whole cobalt blue bottles were embedded into plaster walls in geometric patterns.
Random shards of broken bottles were carefully placed into intricate designs to form stepping stones and floor tiles.
Other broken remnants were assembled into glowing mosaics.
The result is a splashing display of art at the hacienda located about 2 ½ hours east of Guadalajara in Guanajuato state. The hacienda was built in 1775.
The distillery is open to the public. Be sure to call ahead to make arrangements. There is an extensive collection of wine and liquor bottles from around the world.
By the way, the Spanish word for tequila distillery is tequilera. In an upcoming post I’ll take you through the tequila making process – just in time for Cinco de Mayo.
You may also enjoy this post about making buñuelos in the beautiful kitchen of the hacienda.