Tequila and I have a long and sordid history together. From the salt, lemon and shooter days to the present, if Tequila could talk, it would probably ruin me and a number of my friends.
We broke up for awhile after the college years when the thought of even letting Tequila pass my lips would send shivers down my spine. Obviously, I was doing it wrong. Oh, keep your stink eye to yourselves responsible drinkers. I learned, via hard knocks and cold bathroom floors, that Tequila is meant to be savoured and enjoyed and that not all Tequila is created equally.
When I first came back to Tequila it was because I was introduced to a very smooth, very expensive silver brand. I rekindled my relationship with this elixir and kept a bottle of this particular brand stocked in my bar. A recent trip to Mexico though taught me that I’ve been spending my money on fancy marketing and not necessarily the best Tequila.
After spending an hour in a tequila tasting with an expert, I was not only wiser but I immediately felt my wallet get fatter. Now I know what to look for.
First and foremost, real Tequila only comes from five regions in Mexico and most important of all, it must be 100% agave to be recognized as true Tequila. The reason I was getting those nasty hangovers from Tequila before was because of the sugar added to impure Tequilas. Validation for me because it had nothing to do with the alcohol and quantity I drank thankyouverymuch. I feel like calling my Mom now and saying, “See, it wasn’t my fault.”
Tequila also comes in different types; blanco (silver), joven (gold), reposado (rested) and añejo (aged). Much to my surprise, it was the reposado I enjoyed the most. I also found out that it’s served best in margaritas. This is where we say “Arriba” because I have a great Pineapple Margarita recipe for you!
Worth noting, this will give you a hangover if you drink too much, but not from the Tequila, from all the sugar in the juice.
- 2 cups of reposado Tequila I like El Jimador
- 2 cups Triple Sec or Cointreau
- 2 cups of lime juice
- 2 cups fresh pineapple juice
- Fresh Pineapple slices
Mix all ingredients in a large jug.
Shake over ice before serving and pour into margarita glasses.