We’re kicking off Giving Tuesday early this year! Your donation today will be matched up to $10K, doubling your impact! If you donate $50 today, the Reader will receive $100.

The Reader is now a community-funded nonprofit newsroom. Can we count on your support to help keep us publishing?

The Spirits of Mexico festival returned to Zocalo last week for its second year, offering tastes of tequila of various ages (silver, reposado, añejo) from about ten producers. A few of the distilleries that were at last year’s festival were back, like Milagro and Herradura, but the majority were different. One, Olmeca, was not only new to the festival, but so new that its añejo tequila was still aging. After trying the excellent “welcome cocktail,” a blood orange Paloma made with Milagro Silver, Solerno blood orange liqueur, simple syrup, ruby red grapefruit, lime juice, and pink prosecco, we moved on to tasting straight tequila. Brief notes on a few favorites are below.