How to Drink Tequila Better
By Amber 0
While he also enjoys a good gin and tonic, de Colsa says blanco tequila and tonic is his ideal drink at the end of a hot day.
“I play golf, and after a round of golf a tequila and tonic is very refreshing,” he says.
As you might expect, he’s exacting about the way he prepares his T-and-T.
“I first put two or three twists of lime or lemon skin in the glass, then I add the tequila,” he says. He lets those two ingredients sit for 1 to 2 minutes before he adds the ice, and then the tonic.
Why? “The alcohol in the tequila draws out the flavored oils from the skin of the citrus, which you don’t get even from the juice of the lime or lemon,” he explains.
He says this same technique can be used with reposado or añejo tequilas. But with those, go with the peel of an orange or tangerine—fruits that better complement an aged tequila’s sweet, woody notes, he explains.
Also, skip the tonic, which dilutes too much of the aged tequila’s flavor, he adds.