June 29, 2016

HERRADURA TASTING EVENT

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Monday, Jessica Camerata of My Style Vita and I hung out at Iberian Pig with local bartenders and ladies from Greenhouse Agency to learn about and taste Herradura Tequila.  We had a 5-course meal each paired with Herradura. Each so flavorful! It felt extra special since the chef himself came out and explained the dish. Here’s some behind the scenes ~

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Fun facts I learned about the tequila and the brand ~

There are 136 type of agave plants but only blue agave makes tequila.

Unless specified as 100% agave the tequila will likely be 51% agave and 49% leading to that hangover college students are all too familiar with.

Herradura prides themselves as being 100% agave.

Top reasons to choose Herradura over other tequilas:

  • their history of being one of the first distilleries and heritage
  • they slow roast their agave leading to a complex and full bodied product
  • age longer than industry standards
  • uses natural fermentation and use only sugars that are naturally occurring in the plant
  • distill at a lower proof thus adding less water preventing dilution

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Tequila 101

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We had a bunch of yummy drinks but my taste buds fell in love with a unique blend of Herradura Silver, their very own agave nectar, muddled cilantro and orange. Jessica and I both thought the cilantro was such an obvious pairing we never thought of!

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After learning about the brand, tequila in general and enjoying our dinner the cocktail connoisseurs each had a station with ingredients and tools to come up with their own concoction.  They had 10 minutes to plan, execute and name their drink. Then they presented it to Jessica, myself as well as two other judges. We rated each drink based on creativity/presentation/taste and then selected a winner. The winning team used pickle juice they ran downstairs to track down and jalapenos ~ such a cool flavor combination!

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We were gifted our very own, personalized bottle of Herradura! As big fans of tequila, Jessica and I died a little when we saw our blog logo printed on the back!

Thanks to Rachel and the rest of the team for the amazing night! Can’t wait to collaborate in the future!

Next up, see what I wore to the event ~

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