OK, Cinco de Mayo revelers, it’s time to change things up a bit. Instead of whipping up margaritas and running around the house asking, “Salt or no salt?” get out your nicest shot glasses and a few bottles of mid- to high-end tequila. (Sorry, that doesn’t include José Cuervo Gold, which fakes its aging with caramelized sugar). And save the lime wedges for the fajitas, because your guests will want to take in the myriad flavors—pepper, chocolate, vanilla, dried fruit, brown sugar and smoke, to name a few—of your blanco, reposado and añejo “flight.”
If you’re feeling a little lost on what to serve, the Herradura line is a good choice for a first foray into sipping (as opposed to shooting) tequila. Every type has a different percentage of the botanical succulent agave, and its own unique flavor profile and nose. If you want to try a few with the help of a professional, Verdad in Bryn Mawr has 15-plus flights that run $14-$40.
For those celebrating Cinco de Mayo at a friend’s place, a top-of-the-line bottle like Don Julio 1942 will cement your place on the guest list until the end of time.
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