Odds are, you’ve been drinking tequila wrong — and drinking the wrong tequila. Bertha González Nieves, co-founder and CEO of Tequila Casa Dragones, shares her top 5 tips for doing it the right way.
1. Don’t Drink Tequila That’s Not Hecho en Mexico
Says Nieves: “Like champagnes, scotch and wines such as Bordeaux, Tequila has an appellation of origin. Check the label to be sure your tequila is made in Mexico. If it’s not, then it’s not real tequila.”
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2. Don’t Drink Anything That’s Not 100 Percent Pure
“Look for tequilas that are made from 100 percent pure agave, otherwise you will be getting a tequila with added sugars, colors and flavors.”
3. Don’t Drink Cloudy Tequila
“Hold your glass of tequila up to the light to check that is has a nice transparency and no floating particles. Fine tequila will have impeccable clarity and a brilliant or very bright color.”
4. Don’t Drink If It Stinks
“You should be able to smell very sweet citrus, honey and floral notes. Make sure there are no chemical aromas or very strong alcohol smells.“
5. Don’t Feel the Burn.
“When tasting tequila, you don’t want the alcohol burn to overpower the delicious agave flavors. The agave, fruit, pepper and floral notes should be sweet and smooth, enticing you to take a second sip.”
Evan S. Benn is Miami Herald Food Editor: @EvanBenn