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A Classy Tequila Experience (Yes, It Does Exist)

Come experience Washington, D.C.'s own "tequila speak-easy."

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Becky Graebner

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October 15, 2013 - 3:30 pm
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ElCentro

Ahh Tequila… both a curse and a blessing to stomaches everywhere.  This infamous liquor has a history as colorful as the stories that accompany nights of drinking it. Ha! Whether you’re new to tequila, or have a terrible history with it, I suggest that you give it another chance.

This week I am going to highlight a secret in D.C.–it’s not a secret that people don’t know about this restaurant/bar–but that many don’t bother to walk down into their Tequila-heaven basement. If you like adventure, good Mexican food, or broadening your liquour knowledge, I have just the place for you: El Centro D.F. in Washington, D.C.

But, before we launch into the details of this jewel, here is a brief history lesson on tequila:

  • Tequila was one of the first indigenous, distilled beverages in North America. After the Spanish conquistadors ran out of their own brandy they tried their hand at distilling the agave plant which grew plentifully in the blue volcanic soil of Mexico.
  • The name “tequila” actually comes from a town in western Mexico–where most of the blue agave plants grow.
  • By law, tequila is only allowed to be produced in certain parts of Mexico.
  • What’s with that worm in the bottle? Actually, only a few tequila come with the worm–a marketing gimmick that started in the 1940s.

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Here's another case against Big Government: Here in Canada, the booze racket is controlled by provincial government thate either sell the stuff directly or give some businesses provincial monopoly, complete with unionized employees, strikes, high prices. The prices are also high because of sin taxes. You can't take social engineering out of socialist minded big Gubmit, so the high prices are justified by the gubmit just looking out for your liver. What's this got to do with Tequila? Choices. In most Canadian booze store, the choice is abysmal. When I go down the US I make sure to visit a proper booze store to get some decent Tequila. It was only about 10 years ago I realized tequila did not have to taste like Turpentine and give you a hangover.
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