Wine flights? Common. Beer flights? Getting there. But tequila flights? Now there's a new one.
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the newly-opened Bodega's Taco Shop in the Museum District has introduced a tequila flight to its vast bar menu alongside other Latin-inspired refreshments like homemade sangria and fresh fruit margaritas. The tequila flight features four tequila samples in caballitos, traditional two-ounce glasses made for tasting tequila.
Between samples, sangrita -- the traditional Mexican accompaniment to tequila -- is available to cleanse the palate. The sangrita is made fresh at Bodega's each day with a blend of tomato juice, orange juice, salt and chile.
According to Bodega's, the four tequilas available on the flight are:
Hornitos Reposado: A 100% agave tequila that has been rested for 30 months in large American oak vats.
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Cuervo Tradicional: The original 100% blue agave tequila that has been made by the Cuervo family since 1795.
Patron Reposado: An oak-aged tequila that is smooth and slightly spicy with a soft finish.
Don Julio Anejo: A golden-hued tequila that is slowly matured in American white oak barrels for 18 months.
Bodega's offers the tequila flight as a way of introducing American palates to the complex and subtle flavors of Mexico's national drink, in hopes that it will be appreciated on the same level as a Bordeaux or a finely crafted India Pale Ale.
"When tequila is taken as a shot and with lime and salt, the moment is over so quickly that there's no way to fully savor the flavor and aroma," says General Manager Julio Garcia. "At Bodegas, we encourage customers to sip the tequila slowly and truly enjoy the experience."