Tequila y Mescal
Tequila is the spirit of Mexico, the people's drink for the past 400 years. The name, meaning "stone that cuts," comes from an ancient village (now a city) in the state of Jalisco. The unique flavor of tequila doesn't come from a fruit, a grain, or even the cactus, as so many believe. Tequila comes from the distilled heart of the Blue Agave plant! The wonderfully intense sap that was first used by the Aztecs to create a lightly alcoholic drink known as pulque has come a long way. Today the quality of the best tequilas rivals the world's finest cognacs and scotches. Ideally, it makes the ultimate aperitif, a delicious charge for the taste buds before a fine meal. The following is a list of the different styles of tequila:
This style is often referred to as "White" or "Silver." It is bottled within two months of distillation and never touches oak. Blancos are clean and natural, yet show majestic and complex aromas, which emphasizes the earthy characters of the regions they come from.
- Don Eduardo Blanco $11
- Corazon Blanco $10
- Tezon Blanco $9
- Patron Silver $10
- Don Julio Blanco $9.50
- Espolon Blanco $8.5
- Gran Centenario $8.50
- Herradura Blanco $8
- Cazadores Blanco $8
- El Tesoro Blanco $7.25
- Corralejo Blanco $7.25
- El Jimador Blanco $6.25
This smooth style is ideal for the occasional tequila drinker. "Reposado" means "rested" and refers to the required aging in giant wooden tanks for two months to a year. You'll enjoy the way the wood softens the tequila without sacrificing the intense, fresh Blanco flavors.
- Casta "Worm Bottle" $15
- Cabo Wabo $11
- Gran Centenario $10
- Tezon $10
- Chinaco $8.5
- Don Julio $8.5
- Herradura $8.5
- Corralejo $8
- Hussong's $8
- Cazadores $7.5
- Sauza Hornitos $7
- Cuervo Tradicional $7
Considered to be the most subtle and sophisticated style, Anejo's are the ultimate in hand crafted tequilas, requiring at least a year of aging in small toasted oak barrels. The result of this process is a rich flavor, dark color and powerful elegance. Anejos are at their best when sipped and relished, providing a wonderful after dinner drink sure to relax you.
Herradura Selection Suprema $49
(Considered to be the finest Tequila in the world)
- El Tesoro Paradisio $23
- Don Julio 1942 $19
- Cuervo Reserva de la Familia $16.50
- Corazon $12.00
- Gran Centenario $11.00
- Tezon $10.5
- Patron $10
- Don Julio $9.5
- 1800 Anejo $8
- Sauza Commeritivo $7.75
- Sauza Tres Gen. $7.5
This cousin to tequila is made from a different species of the Agave plant. Many of you have heard about the worm in the bottom of a tequila bottle, but you're actually hearing about mescal. Unlike tequila, mescal is cooked underground with charcoal fires before distillation. By cooking the Agave this way, the beverage develops a robust and smoky flavor that is truly one of a kind.
- Del Maguey Chichchicapra" $17
- Del Maguey Luis Del Rio $13
- Monte Alban $7
- Del Maguey Creme de Mezcal $8.5
- Del Maguey Santo Domingo $13
For those of you who aren't sure what tequila style is right for you, we recommend a tequila flight. Each flight offers a half-ounce sample of three wonderful tequilas or predecessorBlanco Flight
A trio of 100% agave tequilas: El Tesoro, Espolon, and Patron Silver $8.5
A trio of my favorite Reposados – Hussong's, Herradura, & Corralejo $9
A trio of hand crafted Anejos – 1800, Herradura, and Gran Centenario $12
Tres Sabores Flight
A showcase flight of the three distinct styles of Tequila, all produced by one of the up and coming tequila distillers, Corzo. $12
Del Maquel Single Village Mezcal Flight
No other spirit is capable of matching the depth of flavor and complexity found in Mezcal. Del Maguey is the best producer. $14.00
Margaritas and Specialty Mexican Inspired Cocktails
Que Viva la Paloma
The Paloma is the ultimate summertime Mexican cocktail. It typically blends lime, Tequila
and Grapefruit soda for a cocktail far more refreshing than a Margarita . We created 3
unique versions to share.
Paloma de Toronja – A Twist on the classic Paloma made with Grapefruit soda,
fresh pressed Cranberry, Tarragon and Corralejo Blanco $8
Paloma de Piña – A wonderfully complex Paloma made with Corralejo Reposado
and a housemade soda made with a pineapple gastrique. $10
Paloma de Xoconostle – An unbeatable combination of prickly pear,
meyer lemon soda and Sombra Mezcal made by Master Sommelier Richard Betts. $9
Hugo Rita $7.5
A delicious blend of Sauza Silver, Hiram Walker Triple Sec, simple syrup and
fresh lime juice.
Gran Reposado Rita Take #2 $9.5
A new version of the Hugo’s classic that is perfect for the summer months.
Hussong Reposado, Garn Marnier, fresh pureed Mandarins, Lemon & Lime juice.
Sean’s Seleccion Margarita $11
A personal favorite of our Sommelier, he mixes this version with a combination of
Herradura Reposado, Gran Marnier, Fresh Lime Juice, Ginger Simple Syrup and Peach
“The Greatest Margarita Ever Sold” $28
You will never drink a smoother Margarita than this absolutely fantastic version. We
combine the best ingredients: 25 year old Gran Marnier, Gran Centenario Tequila,
tangerine juice, lime, and ginger infused agave nectar, before gently shaking it all
together. This perfection is served straight up with a touch of sea salt on the rim of the glass!
Oaxacan Rita $8
This smoky Margarita mixes Monte Alban Mezcal, Cointreau, lime juice and simple syrup;
Not a drink for the feint of heart.
Sandia Azada Rita $11
Chefs often grill fruit to accentuate the flavor. Here we get that roasted note by combining
Del Maguey Santo Domingo & Crema de Mezcal with fresh watermelon, lime and ginger
This pleasing Tequila cocktail is the perfect alternative to a Frozen Rita. It mixes Sauza
Silver, Peach Brandy, fresh lime & pineapple juice into a cool result.