Hi guys! It’s your friendly neighborhood infiltrator writing to you from LA! The weather has been nice compared to my home back in Michigan, and there was so much to do and see. Though of all the surprises at the L.A. Auto Show, never did I think I would get to shoot tequila with The Autopian’s own Stephen Walter Gossin. And yes, his jawline is somehow even better in person.
[Ed note: For the first time ever, The Autopian hosted members as “infiltrators” at the LA Auto Show to help us cover the show. Also, honestly, just to have fun hanging out with. It was great to see the show through their fresh eyes and, of course, what better co-pilot and navigator than the charming and vibrant Stephen Walter Gossin.
The auto show was a little light on automakers this year, as all are, but props to the show for filling the spaces. One of the best ways they did it? Kevin Hart, who not only showed off his car collection (sorry, Kar Kollection) but also incorporated his many, many, many side hustles. This included both some sort of vitamin smoothie drink that I didn’t taste and his tequila brand, which had some yummy cocktails to enjoy during press days. You can’t go wrong liquoring up car journalists, as our own infiltrators learned.
Thanks to the LA Auto Show and Galpin for helping put this together. Ok, back to reader/member/bud Jonathan. If you want to have fun like this, become a member.- MH]
Anywho, on to the alcohol! Stephen and I wandered over to the Kevin Hart Kollection room, which has an impressive array of classic muscle and under-the-radar ’80s pieces, all retro-moded in various ways. Most interesting to me was the 1960s Mustang coupe with what looked like an S197 automatic transmission. Would have loved to peek under the hood to see what else was done.
Also in the room was a protein smoothie stand and tequila! Stephen and I both tried the chocolate smoothie, made with banana and unsweetened almond milk. From there, we went to the tequila bar.
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We each did a shot of Kevin Hart’s Gran Coramino Tequila. Admittedly, I’m not a big tequila guy, usually bourbon or vodka are my hard poisons of choice. But with this, I might be converted.
It was very smooth going down, with a mild but pleasant taste, and nothing lingering afterward. This was followed up by a “Corner Office.” Something wonderful with tequila, infused with jalpanas. I also don’t do jalapeños, but this just added an ever-so-mild heat to the concoction. If someone said it was just a margarita, I would have never known there was the dangerous (to my mild midwestern palate) pepper.
Overall, it was a wonderful drink experience, with even better company! Ope, I better run now so I don’t miss my studio tour but I hope to talk to you all again very soon!
[Ed Note: Here are a few other impressions of Kevin Hart’s Tequila – MH]
GrippyCaballeros: “Kevin Hart had sponsorship deals all over the show. Fabletics, tequila, smoothies. You know what he didn’t sponsor? Wheelbarrow of shrimp. This is how Webster’s defines irony…
But Kevin Hart’s tequila tastes like losing $100 on the Bills.”
HowInTheNameOfZues: “I’m not sure I experienced The World of Kevin Hart, but I enjoyed The Cars and Finger Foods of Kevin Hart”
“So many carmakers missing! If only Mercedes/BMW/Audi/Mazda/Lincoln/most of Acura had the same kind of money that Kevin Hart has!”
Photo: The Autopian, Gran Coramino