Tequila Takes Flight

Tequila Takes Flight

How to experience the hottest tequila trends right at the source.

HOLLYWOOD HEAVY-HITTERS and friends George Clooney and Rande Gerber debuted their Casamigos small-batch, ultra premium tequila last year, but they weren’t the first celebs to realize that the Mexican liquor had potential for big buzz. Carlos Santana, Toby Keith and Justin Timberlake have rolled out their own brands of tequila in recent years. With or without celebrity endorsement, though, this south-of-the-border spirit is hotter than ever, with bars and restaurants around the United States now offering extensive selections of the blue agave nectar. For an authentic experience, try tequila as the Mexicans do—with a sangrita chaser.

AGAVE 101

Guests at Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta can participate in cooking classes and learn about native agave plants and the tequila-making process, followed by tequila tastings.

TEQUILA TASTINGS

Test your taste buds at Excellence Riviera Cancún’s weekly tequila tastings, where you’ll discover the pure flavors of all the distinct varieties, from blanco to reposado to añejo.

FLIGHTS OF FLAVOR

The El Dorado Seaside Suites in the Riviera Maya offers guests a unique tasting experience that infuses tequila with more than a dozen flavors, such as apple and coffee.

AGAVE GURU

The tequila sommelier at Hyatt Zilara Cancún teaches weekly classes about the harvesting and distilling processes of tequila and its sister spirit, mezcal, and offers plenty of tastings, too.

TEQUILA EXPRESS

An all-day adventure leaving from Guadalajara, the Tequila Express train carries you through the rolling hills of blue agave country to the famed Casa Herradura distillery.