How To Host a Tequila Tasting Party + Recipes!
You may think that only wine can be discussed in terms of aroma, taste and finish, but tequila has a place here as well. Start your party off with tequila tasting and then move on to mixed drinks: Herradura has been the authority on tequila and mixology for over 135 years. Brave guests and tequila lovers will be content to sip these tequilas sans mixers, but Herradura knows how to make the perfect cocktail, too!
Set the tone with music; we like 'Tequila' by The Champs and 'A Dios Le Pido' by Juanes.
Cut up your garnishes (pineapples, cherries, limes) in advance and keep it in the fridge prior to the party; once ready, place them with the tequila types they will be paired with for ease of service.
Take out your cocktail shakers and place your glasses with their corresponding tequilas. It is wise to use plastic spouts for the bottles as well; it will prevent any messes once the guests start progressively imbibing!
Speaking of glasses, it is ideal to have a variety of glasses available: beer glasses for Bohemia beer, Collins glasses for mojitos, Caballito glasses for tequila tasting and pitchers for water and margaritas.
Silver: This smooth (clean-tasting) tequila is aged for 45 days to add a hint of color and oak (woody notes) to its tangy citrus character, which brings more agave flavor and unparalleled pleasure to a margarita. Its color is a light straw.
Reposado: Herradura’s Gabriela Romo de la Peña introduced the world to reposado tequila in 1974. Aged for 11 months (9 more than category standards), the tequila has a gorgeous deep copper color. Its aroma is a cooked agave with vanilla, wood and cinnamon notes.
Añejo: This aged tequila has been offered by Herradura since 1962. Barrelling for two years in oak ---twice as long as suggested by the category standards--- gives this variety its deep amber color and the complex profile of agave and dried fruit.
In some ways, the tasting process is similar to that of wine. Your party guests should swirl, sniff (tequila snifters are another ideal glassware choice) then sip and swallow their tequila samples.
Here are the perfect menu items that should be served with your tasting.
Authentic Pico de Gallo
Best Ever Hot Tamales
Homemade Flour Tortillas
Arroz con Pollo
Fresh Tomato Salsa
Baked Tortilla Chips
Mixed Drink Recipes
2 oz. Herradura Silver
1 oz. agave nectar
1 oz. lime juice
2 oz. club soda
4 mint leaves
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves. Add ice and remaining ingredients, then roll to mix. Pour into a Collins glass.
Herradura Fresh Margarita
1½ oz. Herradura Reposado
½ oz. Cointreau®
1½ oz. agave nectar
1½ oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
In a shaker filled with ice, add ingredients, shake to mix. Serve in a salt-rimmed rocks glass.
Looking for more drink ideas? There are many more at this link, including cocktails that incorporate lemonade and ginger ale.
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