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The popularity of tequila has been exploding in the United States. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, in 2015 alone, 14.8 million cases — or approximately 35.2 million gallons — were sold.
The growth in tequila has been driven in part by an increased interest in and consumption of high end brands.
For tequila junkies in the D.C. area here are five spots for getting some of Mexico’s famed liquor.
Arlington’s Fuego Concina y Tequileria has more than 200 different tequila’s available. It offers great deals on flights to help patrons explore its wide selection. If you cannot find a tequila that you like here , you should just stick to vodka.
El Centro D.F. 14th Street takes tequila so seriously it has an designated “underground Tequileria.” It too has more than 200 different tequilas and prides itself on making some outstanding tequila cocktails. One favorite is the Spiña with pineapple and serrano infused blanco tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime, and chili ginger.
All tequilas are mezcals but not all mezcals are tequilas. Don’t worry if this is confusing. The folks are Espita Mezcaleria love to help educate their patrons on the differences. They have an outstanding collection of boutique tequilas that you likely will not fine elsewhere.
Oyamel Cocina Mexicana doesn’t boast a large tequila selection but it does offer some outstanding tequila cocktails. In addition, the cocktails are designed to pair with chef Jose Andres’ amazing menu of dishes inspired by Mexico’s Oaxaca region.
Located in D.C. burgeoning Navy Yard neighborhood, Agua 301 is a fun and casual place to explore tequila. It has a respectable menu of options and mixes up some great margaritas. It’s perfect for the novice tequila drinker seeking to get their feet wet. It will also keep a more experienced drinker satisfied.