Photography by Teru Onishi
Tequila is one of the latest libations to be infused and upgraded with a variety of flavors. Some work, some don’t. We taste-tested quite a few and didn’t get much done for the rest of the afternoon. Fortunately, Associate Editor Deena Campbell had the presence of mind to take notes. Here, she reports on the standouts.
Tarantula Azul ($26, tarantulatequila.com)
It tastes more like fresh citrus than tequila.
Gran Centenario Rosangel ($37, rosangel.com)
The strong tequila taste is softened by notes of hibiscus flowers and vanilla. It’s best on the rocks or as a shot.
Tanteo Jalapeño ($43, tanteotequila.com)
It’s a peppery mix of chili, oregano, and cinnamon with a bold, spicy aftertaste. The fellas liked this one more than the ladies did. Mix in a shaker with cucumber puree, agave nectar, and fresh lime juice.
Given Liqueur ($36, givenliqueur.com)
The perfect blend of natural lime juice and agave tequila, it’s light and drinkable even for those who aren’t die-hard tequila fans. The ladies in the office loved it.
Reserva del Señor Premium Almendrado ($30, almondtequila.com)
It’s super sweet and holds flavors of chocolates, almonds, and fruits. Drink alone, or add to a cup of hot coffee and top with whipped cream.