Cocktails With Stacey Thomas and The Women-Owned Spirit Brands She Loves

We had a chance to sit down with Stacey Thomas, founder of La Leyenda Mezcal and owner of to learn more about how she got into the spirit industry along with sharing two women in spirits she loves, Twisted Sistuhs Wine and Timeless Vodka. Plus, three cocktail recipes you can try at home.

Stacey Thomas, importer and part-owner of La Leyenda Mezcal, began her beverage journey marketing and selling Italian wine. She quickly fell in love with the business and began brokering wine, spirits, and sake’ from multiple portfolios. Her long-lasting relationships with wholesalers and distributors became a skill set that was high in demand.

A few years ago, she met Alejandro Sanchez, founder of La Leyenda Mezcal, through mutual friends. The story of Alejandro’s legendary mother and how La Leyenda would be a tribute to her; reminded Stacey of her business savvy and hard-working grandmother, Viola Miller. She is a legendary businesswoman who made her mark in the male-dominated trucking industry.

After only a few conversations they decided to go into business together and as they say, the rest is LEGENDARY. Stacey’s message and mission are to fuel the legend within and inspire everyone to live their best lives, with purpose.

La Leyenda Mezcal’s Drink Recipe

Suelo, Viento, Fuego (Earth, Wind & Fire)

  • 1 ounce and a half of La Leyenda Mezcal
  • 3/4 Habanero Hibiscus Syrup
  • 1/2 ounce Triple Sec
  • 1 ounce lime
  • Shake and pour over ice

Stacey connected with two amazing African-American women-owned spirits brands Twisted Sistuhs Wine and Timeless Vodka to share 3 cool recipes you can make it home. “I selected these women because I work closely with them and they’ve become my sisters in the business. I have witnessed first hand their tenacity and unwavering commitment to share their artistic contribution to the world” – Stacey Thomas.

Meet the women and discover their recipes.


Amber Steele

Timeless Vodka

Amber Ferrell-Steele is the owner of Timeless Vodka. She is a Houstonian who set out on a quest to design and create a vodka for her husband, Bruce, that soon became a labor of love for all to enjoy. “I wanted a vodka with a clean scent and a savory taste to match!”

Timeless is a Gluten-free Five times distilled vodka from fresh grown Iowa corn purified with rich mineral water.

The Timeless Recipe: Melting Seconds

  • 1 ounce and a half of Timeless Vodka
  • 3/4 Blackberry Liqueur
  • 1/3 honey liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce ginger syrup
  • Shake and pour over ice



Ogechi Anyatonwu and Kristi Alderson

Twisted Sistuhs Wine

Twisted Sistuhs is a Nashville-based black, woman and veteran-owned wine company, started by Ogechi Anyatonwu and Kristi Alderson. It is a high-quality vegan wine aged in bourbon barrels. The women were recently selected by the Black Influencers of Libations Association (BILA) as a 2021 Award Winner.

The Twisted Sistuh’s Recipe: Blacker The Berry

  • 1 ounce Twisted Sistuhs Barrel Blend Wine
  • 1 ounce La Leyenda Mezcal
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • Top with splash of Twisted Sistuhs Barrel Blend Wine
  • Add crushed ice if desired


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