Remember when tequila was something you downed fast, paved by a lick of salt and chased by a bite of lime to lessen its burn?
Those days are distant memories for true tequila connoisseurs, as I learned covering last year’s Phoenix Tequila Festival, a surprisingly sober soiree where tequilas — some infused with flavors such as almond and banana, others mixed into inventive cocktails — were sipped with all the appreciation of fine wine.
This weekend, you can relish tequila like an aficionado at another event designed to show you the finer side of the Mexican firewater: Tequilazona, a fundraiser for local NPR affiliates KJZZ (91.5 FM) and KBAQ (89.5 FM).
More than a dozen big-name and boutique tequila makers, such as Cabo Wabo Tequila, Tequila Corrido, Cruz Tequila and Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine, will pour samples. You’ll also find thoughtfully paired appetizers from eateries such as San Felipe’s Cantina, The Keg Steakhouse & Bar and Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-b-que.
Add to the mix live Latin music and salsa dancing, and you’re light years beyond just another round of shots at a bar.
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