Hosting a tequila tasting party can be a great opportunity to share with your friend your love for this delicious Mexican spirit. Even when it might sound like you need to be an expert, you don’t actually need much to host a successful “cata”. However, there are some important considerations you need to keep in mind if you want to have a great tequila tasting party that will be remembered for all the right reasons. Luckily for you, we have put together a short list of steps to take when organizing an event like this, no matter the size or amount of people.
The main purpose of hosting a tequila tasting party is to try many different types and brands of tequila in order to experience their particular tastes and aromas. Therefore, one of the most important steps of hosting a tequila tasting party is to provide your guests with as many different tequilas as possible. Yet, keep in mind the different types of tequila, including Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo. Having 3 or 4 of each type should be enough. If you don’t want to take over the responsibility, just ask your guests to bring a bottle for everyone to try.
More often than not, tequila tends to be served in shot glasses, and you might already have the ideal Guadalajara souvenir set waiting in your kitchen. However, the best glassware choice is using stemmed glasses with a short bowl tapering towards the top. If you don’t have glasses designed for tequila, you can use white wine glasses instead. Also, don’t forget to clean the glasses between each variety in order to have the best experience.
When it comes to serving and tasting the tequila, there are certain recommendations to follow if we want to make the most out of the event. First of all, remember to serve the tequila at room temperature, and don’t serve more than a ½ ounce. Also, take the time to make note of the color of each type of tequila. Swirling the drink will help it release its different aromas, holding the rim of the glass ½ inch from your nose. Then, take a sip and hold it in your mouth for a while, and let it coat your tongue. Once you swallow the tequila, you should taste some of the aromas you already noted with your nose.
No tequila hosting party can be complete without some pairings to enrichen the taste and experience. The easiest option could be having homemade guacamole for your guests to enjoy. Shrimp and scallop ceviche is light, easy, and delicious appetizers that will delight every one of your guests, too. Also, consider having something spicy if your hosts enjoy this kind of snacks. Tequila marinated chicken wings and Mexican-spiced cocktail meatballs would be great alternatives, too.