How to drink tequila like a true Mexican

Tequila shots are for spring breakers. At Exotic Travelers we want you to taste tequila like a true Mexican, so here is how to drink it properly.

Let me set the scene for you. You are lounging by the beautiful Caribbean beach at one of the Karisma Hotels & Resorts, beer in hand, enjoying the comfortable Bali Beds exclusive for Exotic Travelers members. The heat is rising, the sun is scorching and you just want to relax and cool off. You decide to order tequila. But, how do you drink it?


Tequila Stand at Azul Beach Resort the Fives Playa del Carmen

Many people have long believed that drinking tequila requires taking a shot. Lick some salt, drink the shot, and squeeze some lime. Ta da. We’re done. The reality is quite different, however. So, in the hopes to let you channel your inner Mexican while vacationing with us, here is how to drink tequila like a true Mexican.

First things first – ask for the drinks on the top shelf. That’s right. Forget the stuff that pretends to be tequila and drink the real thing. One hundred per cent agave tequila is where it’s at. And lo and behold – skip the shots. Tequila (and consequently, mezcal) is hard-worked liquor that is meant to be savored through sipping. Leave the shots for spring breakers.

Leave the salt and lime for newbies, too. Aged tequila (the darker stuff) has a mellow flavor which rarely burns the throat and leaves a lovely aftertaste. If you insist on mixing it up, then ask for a lime and suck on it in between sips. Lime is not a chaser. In fact, Mexicans use sangrita as a chaser for tequila and it’s the only acceptable way to go.

If you’re looking for a truly immersed experience when it comes to tequila, head on over to our specialty Frozen Tequila Lounge at Azul Beach Resort. That’s where the real deal is. Our frozen bar top keeps your drinks cool and we’ve got real tequila connoisseurs serving you.


Frozen Tequila Bar at Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya

Now, if you want to learn the difference between tequilas and understand the nature of each, then make sure you attend one of our exclusive members-only tequila tastings at El Dorado Royale. Come with an open mind, prepared to taste four different kinds of tequilas and learn all about the process that results in this delicious drink.

For those who aren’t big fans of strong liquors being savored on their own, we recommend you ask for a Paloma. That’s the Mexican tequila cocktail of preference. It’s merely a mix of good tequila, grapefruit soda and ice.

Now that you’re full of knowledge, it’s time to impress your newfound friends at the swim-up bar. ¡Salud!

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