It’s the day before Christmas Eve. It’s five o’clock. You’re done for the week. And there’s one thought on your mind.


Whether your college days have stuck with you, or you enjoy dancing on tables, there’s something deep down in your soul that craves crazy tequila nights. At times, there’s no place you’d rather be than surrounded by friends, next to the bar, lime and salt in one hand and shot in the other. But one day, that urge is going to wear out, and you won’t be able to keep up. You’re going to be faced with the prospect of (gasp!) saying goodbye to tequila. However, that day, my friends, will open up a whole new world of possibilities. On that blessed day, you will sip tequila for the first time.

In the traditional Mexican way, tequila is supposed to only be sipped. It should also be made solely from agave and should not contain the words, “Jose” or “Cuervo.” Small family owned brands are best if you’re looking for authenticity.

“But, how?” you ask? Well, it’s not too hard. Pour about one ounce of tequila into a tequila glass or snifter and hold it by the stem. Take a sip and swirl the tequila around your mouth for about 10 seconds, really absorbing the taste. And then, just swallow. For those of you who aren’t too keen on the idea of drinking without anything to dull the sting, try backing it with sangrita, which translates to “a little blood.” It is a mixture of orange juice, tomato juice, lime juice, grenadine, and hot sauce. Yum.