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Toast with Tears for National Tequila Day

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.

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Photo courtesy of German Gonzalez

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.

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