It’s National Tequila Day. Yes, you could celebrate with two-for-one margaritas or a shot with salt and lime, but tequila is much more than just an accompaniment for chips and salsa or for fueling courage on a Friday night.
I suggest an infinitely more elegant substitute. Named after the well-known “Weeping Woman” supernatural Mexican folk legend, Tears of Llorona is an elusive cult favorite of tequila aficionados. A taste of these tears will open your eyes about tequila.
Fifth-generation tequila master (tequilero) and Tears of Llorona creator, German Gonzalez, is a San Antonio resident and native of Mexico. He released “Tears” in May 2014, and before that, the only way to enjoy this hand-crafted, double-barreled, extra añejo tequila was to be personally invited to sample German’s special family reserve.
To celebrate, he suggests keeping things simple. Here is German’s method for “Tequila Perfection”:
- Pour 1½ ounces of Tears of Llorona extra anejo tequila.
- Add one cherry for a bit of sweetness—a “smile” to counter the tequila’s tears.
- Serve at room temperature in a Riedel tequila glass, or a similarly-shaped wine glass.
Tequila is one of few spirits that Americans drink with meals, and just like a good meal, tequila is meant to be shared with good company. German recommends pairing a Tequila Perfection with bold fish dishes, a T-bone steak, chocolate cake, coffee and/or a cigar.
Friends, a good meal, and a toast—a much better way to celebrate than a two-for-one margarita.