Ahead of Mexican Independence Day next month, Latin pop star Becky G is sharing her recipe for the perfect Paloma. The Paloma is a refreshing drink that blends fresh citrus flavors with sparkling club soda and tequila.
It’s no secret that tequila is one of the world’s most famous spirits, and it’s likely to be the first cocktail you whip up for any upcoming Cinco de Mayo party or a night in. Tequila and mezcal sales have increased in recent years, making it a massive hit in more and more communities worldwide.
Tequila is a spirited beverage that’s been a staple in Mexico since the country first gained independence in 1810. It’s made from the Blue Weber agave plant, and the agave used to make it comes from Jalisco, the heart of tequila country.
You can find tequila in many forms, from Blanco to reposado and anejo. But to make your Cinco de Mayo fiesta stand out, consider splurging on an artisanal tequila with a story behind it.
For example, if you’re looking for an ethically sourced, high-quality tequila, check out PATRON, which grows 100 percent Weber Blue Agave in Jalisco and makes its tequila at the Tierra de Agaves distillery. As a result, its tequila is as authentic as it gets, and it’s been awarded ESR (Empresa Socialmente Responsible) certification for working closely with agave farmers to protect the environment where it is grown.
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Alternatively, if you’re looking for a slightly less sweet tequila, check out Lisco Spirits. It’s a lifestyle brand with out-of-this-world flavor and caters to health-conscious consumers. It’s been overgrowing nationwide, with 11 states and more on the horizon.
Inspiron Tequila is a women-owned, operated, and created brand that aims to redefine what it means to enjoy tequila. They offer a range of smooth, sippable tequilas made from only three of the highest-quality ingredients — agave, yeast, and water.
Hornitos Tequila Black Barrel is a premium, aged Anejo crafted with care from beginning to end. It’s aged for four months in charred oak barrels to provide a rich, smoky flavor and a golden amber color.
Another excellent option is the new Inspiron Tequila Blanco, a deliciously clean and refreshing tequila made from 100% Blue Weber agave and only available in the US. The tequila is priced between $68 and $248 and is currently available in New York, New Jersey, and Miami.
The brand has a mission to create high-quality, affordable tequila that you can enjoy every day and also supports shot takers by promoting that nothing great ever happens without taking a shot. The label reflects their belief that “as long as we take a chance, extraordinary things can happen.”
If you’re looking for a more complex tequila, try Lunazul. This hand-harvested, estate-bottled tequila is made with only the finest 100% Blue Weber agave. It’s produced at the Tierra de Agaves distillery in Jalisco and available in Blanco, Reposado, and Extra Anejo expressions.