Refreshing Fridays: It Ain’t a Party in Mexico Without Tequila

- Melanie Zieba,

Tequila is probably one of the best know liquors in the world and is the perfect accompaniment to any good time. Made from the fermented and distilled sap of the blue agave plant this fiery liquor is North America’s first indigenous distilled spirit.

This beautiful liquor is only produced in certain regions in Mexico and harvesting the agave plant remains a manual effort, unchanged by modern farming technologies….oh taste the love!

The best way to enjoy tequila is not the common party trick of lick the salt, take the shot, and suck the lime but to drink it like a fine scotch or whisky; straight up or over a few cubes of ice. But if your not quite the hard liquor fan and need a little sweetness for it to go down, a margarita is right up your alley.

margaritasClassically made with Mexican limes (key limes), there are many stories about who first invented the margarita, either way they are all made the same. Other fruits can also be added into the mix like raspberries, mango or whatever your heart desires.

How to Make a Classic Margarita:

-1 ½ ounces Tequila
-1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
-1/2 ounce Conitreau

Moisten the rim of a rocks glass and dip in salt. Fill the glass with crushed ice and the Tequila, lime juice and Conitreau; stir until chilled and serve immediately. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

The best places in Mexico to get a great shot of tequila or a delicious margarita:

one-only-palmillaOne&Only Palmilla:
Experience the gracious style of old Mexico at the One&Only Palmilla in Los Cobos. This tropical hideaway is sure to cure your winter blues with every room’s private balcony offering expansive views of the Sea of Cortez or the Pacific ocean.

distrito-capitalDistrito Capital:
This is the perfect place for a tequila straight up. Distrito Capital is a modern space right in the heart of Mexico City’s largest shopping areas. Causally luxurious this hotel is a gastronomic hot spot with amazing panoramic view of the city and the best starting point for a great night on the town.

condesa-dfCondesa DF:
Tucked away in one of Mexico City’s cool Condesa neighborhood along a tree lined avenue is the Condesa DF . Featuring custom made furniture and stone tile flooring this hotel is a designers dream. Sip your tequila and relax on their roof top patio or keep it cool in their basement bar.

hotel-basicoHotel Basico:
Throw some fruit in your margarita and check in at the Hotel Basico in Playa del Carmen. This is the place for the young and the young at heart taking trendy to a whole new level. This minimalist, uncluttered hotel is all about life and laughter. And when the sun sets good times always get started on their rooftop terrace and bar.

las-brisas-acapulcoLas Brisas Acapulco:
While sipping your tequila and working on your tan, lose yourself in this hillside paradise in Acapulco. The Las Brisas Acapulco is one of the most exclusive and extraordinary vacation destinations in the world when you feel like you just want to get away from it all.

habita-monterreyHabita Monterrey:
Exceptionally beautiful, exuding a slightly Parisian ambiance, the Habita Monterrey is a modern hotel with captivating architecture details including with a rooftop pool bar that offers a 360-degree view of San Pedro Garza Garcia. Margarita anyone?

el-careyes-beach-resortEl Careyes Beach Resort:
Surrounded by a lavish sub-tropical rainforest on a secluded cove on the Pacific Ocean in Costa Careyes, El Careyes Beach Resort exudes a spirit of tranquility and easy elegance. Sit back, relax and bath in the beauty of Mexico.

la-planta-purificadoraLa Purificadora:
Housed in a former 19th century water-purifier center between Mexico City and Oaxaca in Puebla is the minimalist yet edgy La Purificadora. With spectacular view of the city, which has been names a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is a great place to take in the history while sipping slowly on tequila over ice.

capella-pedregalCapella Pedregal:
Encompassed in 24 mountainside and oceanfront acre in Cabos San Lucas, the Capella Pedregal is the perfect spot to experience “Cabo Culture”. This treasured waterfront haven offers intuitive world renowned service and will always make sure your margarita glass is always full.

banyan-tree-mayakoba-resortBanyan Tree Mayakoba:
Considered the Venice of Mexico, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba in the Maya Riviera you are sure to experience uncompromised luxury. Perfect for a romantic getaway with intimate villas, you can take in the sun with your own private pool or outdoor terrace.

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