To follow up on Thursday's National Tequila Day festivities, I thought I’d suggest a few ways to drink tequila without downing a shot or making a margarita.
My first suggestion is to head to the Bear Tooth Grill and talk to Amy Mack. Just the other day we were discussing how hard it is to get people back on tequila once they’ve had a bad experience with either shots or margaritas. However, it’s a diverse alcohol and can be served a lot of ways.
One suggestion is the Paloma cocktail. This is similar to the Grill’s Refresca de la Hacienda, or “house refreshment,” which is basically the way they serve tequila in legitimate establishments in Mexico (thanks, Amy). In Mexico you get tequila in a glass with a shot of squirt and lime.
At the Grill, they make their own “squirt” flavoring, and the Paloma gives you the option of using any type of grapefruit soda extract. Sure you can use Fresca but come on, ladies, how many times have we said “Let’s use Fresca! It has no calories!” and then tasted the drink and thought “Give me the Sprite.” I recommend good old calorie-laden soda.
2 ounces blanco or reposado tequila
6 ounces grapefruit soda
One-half ounce lime juice
salt for the rim (optional)
Rim the glass with salt, fill the glass with ice. Add tequila and lime juice. Add soda on top. Enjoy on a hot day or just in general.
Amy’s recommendations for quality tequila include Jose Cuervo (and you thought it was just for shots and hangovers!), especially the La Familia version; Don Julio; Tequila Corazon; or Corralejo Tequila.
But, if you still refuse to try the stuff because of a terrible story or horrible hangover, then I want to hear about it! Share your good, bad or ugly episodes and comment below. Maybe I’ll compile a “How Not to Drink Tequila” book.