I’ve always liked tequila but mostly when I travel to Mexico. COVID-19 has changed that. For some reason, one of my beverages of choice for happy hour has been a shot of Tequila. If you’re a lover of this famous Mexican liquor, then here’s everything you want to know — from how to drink and serve it,to unusual Tequila cocktails, the restaurant with one of the best selections of tequila and mezcal in Miami and a Coral Gables bar with Tequila Thursdays .
Spirit expert Vicente Díaz, star mixologist at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit shares tips on drinking and serviing tequila:
- Use a medium to large glass, such as a champagne flute, instead of a shot glass. The extra space encourages the oxygenation process and helps release the tequila’s natural flavors and aroma.
- When going to take the first sip of tequila, first swirl the tequila around in the glass to help the oxygenation process. After the second sip, inhale through the nose, swallow the spirit over your tongue, and exhale. This process softens the tequila’s flavor.
- If you are drinking tequila while eating, research what kind of tequila pairs best with certain dishes. Silver tequila pairs well with seafood, salads, or pasta. Reposado tequila, featuring a caramelized flavor, goes well with enchiladas, tacos, and a hot soup or creamy vegetable soup. In the mood for spicy food? Pair your dish with anejo tequila that stands up to the flavor. Ultra-aged tequila is best paired with bitter or bittersweet foods, or milk chocolate. Gold tequila pairs best with sweet flavors or with high-fat cuts.
- For health-conscious tequila drinkers, Grand Velas Los Cabos offers up the recipe for its Wheatgrass Margarita. Add a twist to your morning coffee with Grand Velas Los Cabos’ recipe for a new Tequila Sunrise. Native to Guanajuato, Mexico, the tequila cream used is made with Blanco Tequila, coffee, milk, cinnamon, and anise offering a unique Mexican flavor.Tequila enthusiasts can learn more new tricks and tips , a You Tube video on how to enjoy mezcal.
To try out your new knowledge, the place to go is Bakan in Wynwood. Guests at Bakan can savor spirits of different regions in Mexico from Jalisco to Tamaulipas. Choose from over 100 different types of tequila.Prices range from $12 a shot to $444. Made with blue agave, the Clase Azul is an ultra-premium tequila produced in one of the highest points in Los Altos – giving the tequila a unique and unmatched flavor. For more about the food at Bakan to go with your tequila, check out my latest review:
Tequila Thursdays, that has a nice ring to it. Copper 29 at 206 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables wants all its guests to get their drink on and start the weekends early with TEQUILA THURSDAYS from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Special tequila cocktails with Patron Tequila are offered at special prices including Patron Silver Margarita for $10, Patron Reposado Mojito for $12, and last but certainly not least their Patron Añejo Old Fashioned for $14.