Lorena Vasquez the master blender of Zacapa rum

With International Women’s Day now upon us, acclaimed photographer Nicolee Drake captures the women hand-crafting one of the world’s best-tasting, premium dark spirits.

In the lush, green grasslands of Guatemala, a community of over 700 women are weaving their way to independence and empowerment by hand-crafting intricate ‘petate’ bands (woven palm leaves) that adorn the bottles of one of the world’s premier rums.

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