Stop it. Seriously, stop it. You know what I’m saying. Stop shooting tequila. Tequila, and mezcal (its huskier older cousin) are the products of sweat, tears, blood, and donkeys (yes). And the flavors of tequila have gone so entirely overlooked, it’s a bit of a travesty.
When it comes to tequila, the United States appears to be a nation divided (you should see our whiskey preferences). Consumption per capita, from state to state (and D.C.) varies tremendously. The states that enjoy their tequila — largely concentrated out west — drink anywhere from 2 to 5 times as much, per capita, as […]
You may not have heard it in…well, an extremely long time, but you still probably remember a few things about the song “Tequila.” Number one, it has exactly one lyric, repeated three times.
There’s plenty we think we know about tequila. That it always goes with lime and salt (nope). That the bottle should contain a worm (nope). That it mixes well with a variety of things and can be sipped, shaken, or even stirred (nope – oh wait, yes, yes on that one). But like other ubiquitous clear […]
I am in Mexico right now, and the abundance of fresh fruit and tequila make the country great for cocktail inspiration. I became obsessed with these miniature pineapples that I found at the local market, and in Mexico there is no shortage of high quality tequila, so combining the spirit with the little pineapples made for a delicious […]
Ask someone to recite a rhyme about alcohol, and there’s a good chance they’ll recall the famous line, “One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.” Just like that one kid your parents didn’t want you to hang out with, tequila has ”a reputation.” While that reputation isn’t deserved, there are certain truths about tequila that […]
When it comes to tequila, there are two things that Americans basically agree on. First, Margaritas are amazingly delicious. Second, tequila shots will take your night off the rails—for better or for worse. One thing we may not be so clear on is what else to do with tequila besides body shots and Margs. Even […]
First, you pull a massive volcanic stone out of the same land where you’ll be distilling your tequila. Then, you have two craftsmen chisel—chisel—that stone into the shape of a rough, hulking wheel. That wheel is attached to a long pole, in the middle of a pit into which the fibers of cooked agave hearts […]
In this era of craft spirits and, yes, even lawsuits about the hand-craftedness of craft spirits, it’s unlikely somebody would plunk a bottle of tequila in front of you, point at the worm floating around on the bottom, and challenge you to eat it. Unlikely for two reasons: well, we’re all much classier these days, […]