Happy Tequila Day! Me encanta el tequila, that strong, lovely, complex of mine. The blue agave plant based distilled spirit is the national spirit of Mexico and is considered North America’s oldest distilled beverage. Enter any bar around the country and it is clear that the U.S. has a serious love affair with tequila as sales topped 13 million cases last year. Whether you take it neat, on the rocks, in a shot or in a salted margarita, tequila is such an incredible spirit and deserves exploration, discovery, and a national holiday.
So whether you like blanco, reposado, or añejo, we urge you to go out and trust your bartender to introduce you a tequila you’ve never tried today … try toasting with some of our favs Clase Azul, Fortaleza, Milagro, Casa Noble, Olmeca Altos, Casa Dragones, Casamigos, Ocho … aye dios mio, we can keep going all day!
Some wise words on tequila from two very, very talented bar-friends who truly knows their way around the tequila category … “You should respect tequila, don’t abuse it. Make it spiritual as it takes a lot of love to make it.” Dominic Venegas (The NoMad & Nitecap)
“Tequila is Mexico’s ambassador to the world …” says Gaston Martinez (West Coast Milagro Tequila Ambassador)
Here are some drinks and spots to celebrate National Tequila Day today around NYC … nos vamos y que viva tequila!
ILL NIÑO by Dominic Venegas (exclusive sneak peek) for Roca Patron
- 0.25 oz. Lemon juice
- 0.5 oz. Small Hands Food orgeat
- 0.75 oz. Ancho Reyes
- 0.75 oz. Pineapple juice
- 1.5 oz. Roca Patron Silver
Bodega Negra – 355 W 16th St at Ninth Ave
Verde Palabra: Casamigos Blanco, Green Chartreuse, Jalapeño Syrup, pineapple juice
Calexico LES – 153 Rivington Street at Suffolk Street
Cilantro Cucumber Margarita: Tequila, Combier, Cucumber, Cilantro, Lime Juice, Agave
Agave – 140 7th Ave S at Charles Street
Casamigos Rum Punch: Casamigos Blanco Tequila, Valencia orange, pineapple juice, passionfruit and a splash of dark rum.
ChicoJulio – 768 Amsterdam Ave at 97th Street
Star Of The Night: Star anise-infused hibiscus, 100% Blanco tequila, fresh mint, and agave nectar
El Toro Blanco – 257 Avenue of the Americas at W. Houston
La Casa Blanca: Casamigos Reposado Tequila, Grand Marnier and lime
Mexicue – 1440 Broadway at 39th Street
Aztec Marg: Pulque, agave nectar, lime and lemon juice and La Pitaya tequila.
W New York – Living Room Bar – Various
Smokey Paloma: Milagro Reposado Tequila, mezcal, agave nectar, grapefruit juice and lemon juice.