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Felix's Atlanta Tequila Guide


Link to Published Tequila Guide - PEACH ATL MAGAZINE


Tequila, Get Into It


Oh, tequila, what memories we have.  Some good, a few bad, but mostly . . . gone, blank, a black out night at some college party.  If your first memories of tequila are similar to those of mine, sitting in a car with your best friend chugging Cuervo trying to get up the nerve to talk to, your crush.  I have news for you, there is so much more to this fabulous world of tequila. 


Let’s start at the beginning:


Tequila Basics


Tequila, by law, comes from only five regions of Mexico.  It’s made by first cooking, shredding, and then pressing the hearts of the agave plant (Not a Cactus, btw).  The juice is fermented, distilled, then aged.  The aging process is what gives distinction to silver, reposado and añejo tequila.  To find a quality tequila, look at the label for 100% Agave or 100% Blue Agave.  Not all tequila will be 100% Agave, some have other additives like molasses.  These tequilas are known as a mixto tequilas and will simply state “Tequila” on the bottle.  Think of our old favorite friend, Cuervo Gold. 


Silver or Blanco:                             aged for no more than 2 months, purest form of tequila, shot or cocktail

Reposado:                        aged for 2 to 12 months in oak, golden hue, shot or cocktail

Añejo:                                aged 1-3 years in small oak barrels, darker than reposados, sipping tequila

Extra Añejo:                     aged over 3 years, the most expensive, definitely one to sip


Why you should be into Tequila

  • It’s Amazing.  There are so many different varieties and unique taste profiles to discover.  One of my favorites is a pink reposado with strong notes of chocolate (Asombroso La Rosa)

  • An upper not a debbie downer.  It’s said that tequila, unlike other spirits, is an upper not a depressant.  This, however, is not scientifically proven.  Tequila is still alcohol (ethanol) which is technically a depressant.  However, it will most certainly lift your mood. 

  •  Hangovers be gone.  Drinking a quality tequila, without a mess of mixers, will definitely alleviate the next day nightmare.

  • It’s good for you.  Tequila typically has less calories, simple sugars breakdown easier in your bloodstream, stimulates appetite, and has cholesterol lowering attributes.

  • Makes an excellent gift.A great quality tequila makes the perfect gift.   Most likely they won’t have one and the bottles are beautiful and true works of art.


Tequila Recommendations:


Blanco:  Corzo, Codigo 1530

Reposado:  Asombrosa La Rosa, KAH Reposado

Añejo:  Casamigos Anejo, Dulce Vida Añejo

Unique:  Maestro Dobel Diamante

Alternative Margaritas (Alterna-Ritas)


Frozen Pineapple Margarita


A Handful Ice Cubes

A Handful of Fresh/Frozen Pineapple

Juice from 1-2 Limes

2 ½ oz of Ginger Syrup (Recipe from a previous article)

3 oz Tequila

Add all ingredients to blender, blending until smooth.  Enjoy in a salted glass.


Skinny Margarita

1 ½  oz Tequila

1 ½  oz Fresh Lime Juice

½ oz  Fresh OJ

½ oz Water

2 Teaspoons Agave Nectar

Add ingredients to shaker, with ice, shake well and pour over ice.

Option:  Add fresh fruit puree (omit water from above recipe)


French Margarita

1 ½ oz Tequila

¾  oz Grand Marnier

½  oz each: Lime Juice, Orange Juice, Sweet and Sour

¾ oz of Chambord

Add tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, orange juice, sweet & sour mixer and ice.  Shake well then pour over ice in a margarita glass.  Top with Chambord.  Garnish with blackberries and raspberries.


Please Remember, Take life with a grain of salt . . and a slice of lemon, and a shot of tequila.  Happy Cinco de Mayo.  Please drink responsibly. 



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