Tequila Party

Herradura shows Dallas enthusiasts how to properly appreciate tequila

Herradura shows Dallas enthusiasts how to properly appreciate tequila

Raul gandarillas, Carlos luevano, jasmine luevano, juan gomez at Tequila Appreciation Society
Raul Gandarillas, Carlos luevano, Jasmine luevano, Juan Gomez Photo by Desiree Espada
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society
Guests looked at the viscosity of the tequila before taking a sip. Photo by Desiree Espada
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society
Attendees tasted three Herradura tequilas: silver, reposado and anejo. Photo by Desiree Espada
Herradura jimador at Tequila Appreciation Society
A jimador showed how the agave is harvested. Photo by Desiree Espada
3015 at Trinity Groves
The social was held at 3015 at Trinity Groves. Photo by Desiree Espada
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society
Guests showed up in groups to learn about tequila. Photo by Desiree Espada
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society
A guest takes in the aroma during the tasting. Photo by Desiree Espada
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society
About 150 Dallas drinkers came to the Herradura tequila tasting. Photo by Desiree Espada
Guest and Herradura jimador at Tequila Appreciation Society
A guest got her picture taken with the jimador. Photo by Desiree Espada
Ruben Aceves, Casa Herradura's Global Tequila Ambassador
Ruben Aceves led the presentation. Photo by Desiree Espada
Herradura jimador at Tequila Appreciation Society
The jimador hacked into the agave plant. Photo by Desiree Espada
Mini tostadas at Tequila Appreciation Society
Pulled pork tostones were among the passed apps. Photo by Desiree Espada
Mini tostadas at Tequila Appreciation Society
Chicken tostadas were also passed. Photo by Desiree Espada
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society
The kitchen team at 3015 also did Mexican corn, shooter-style. Photo by Desiree Espada
Liz Edwards, Thomas Barker, Christina Ureta at Tequila Appreciation Society
Liz Edwards, Thomas Barker, Christina Ureta Photo by Desiree Espada
Kyle Logan and Christina Chapa at Tequila Appreciation Society
Kyle Logan, Christina Chapa Photo by Desiree Espada
Victor Calzada, Yajaira Arenas, Mike Bravo, Casey Bunch and Taylor Bunch at Tequila Appreciation Society
Victor Calzada, Yajaira Arenas, Mike Bravo, Casey Bunch, Taylor Bunch Photo by Desiree Espada
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society
A guest checks out the agave plant after the jimador hacked it up. Photo by Desiree Espada
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society
A big group of friends had a good time at the tequila tasting. Photo by Desiree Espada
Jimmy Grigsby and Bonita Dula at Tequila Appreciation Society
Jimmy Grigsby, Bonita Dula Photo by Desiree Espada
Abby and Garrett Mayer at Tequila Appreciation Society
Abby Mayer, Garrett Mayer Photo by Desiree Espada
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society
Herradura añejo is a nice after-dinner sipping tequila. Photo by Desiree Espada
Raul gandarillas, Carlos luevano, jasmine luevano, juan gomez at Tequila Appreciation Society
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society
Herradura jimador at Tequila Appreciation Society
3015 at Trinity Groves
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society
Guest and Herradura jimador at Tequila Appreciation Society
Ruben Aceves, Casa Herradura's Global Tequila Ambassador
Herradura jimador at Tequila Appreciation Society
Mini tostadas at Tequila Appreciation Society
Mini tostadas at Tequila Appreciation Society
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society
Liz Edwards, Thomas Barker, Christina Ureta at Tequila Appreciation Society
Kyle Logan and Christina Chapa at Tequila Appreciation Society
Victor Calzada, Yajaira Arenas, Mike Bravo, Casey Bunch and Taylor Bunch at Tequila Appreciation Society
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society
Jimmy Grigsby and Bonita Dula at Tequila Appreciation Society
Abby and Garrett Mayer at Tequila Appreciation Society
Herradura presents Tequila Appreciation Society

We Texans love our margaritas, but there is so much more to drinking — and appreciating — tequila. Tuesday night, Casa Herradura Global Tequila Ambassador Ruben Aceves welcomed about 150 Dallas drinking enthusiasts to a Tequila Appreciation Society Social at 3015 at Trinity Groves, where he led a fun and informative discussion about the finer points of this Mexican elixir.

To get the party started, bartenders shook up margaritas (2 oz. Herradura silver tequila, 1 oz. Cointreau, 3/4 oz. lime juice, 1/2 oz. agave nectar) for guests while they noshed on chicken tostadas, pulled pork tostones, Southwestern shrimp ceviche, Mexican corn shooters, and chorizo and poblano empanadas. Once settled into their seats — and instructed to save those glasses of tequila for later – Aceves launched into his presentation, which began with a story about the alcohol's origins.

A proper education is nothing without a demonstration, so Aceves brought along a skilled jimador, who, much to the delight of onlookers, hacked into an agave plant before their very eyes to show them how the harvesting is done. Then Aceves invited them up to check out the flesh of the plant for themselves before sending them back to their seats, where three varieties of tequila awaited for tasting: silver, reposado and añejo.

Everyone started with the silver before moving onto the reposado, a category Herradura created in 1974. The tasting ended with the añejo, aged 25 months, with notes of chocolate, banana and spice. As the most complex of the three, Aceves noted it was an excellent after-dinner sipping tequila.

As the tasting wrapped up, and Aceves answered guests' burning questions, servers came around again with sweet bites from the 3015 kitchen, including churros and Mexican chocolate brownies. The best part about this class — aside from the fact that everyone got to drink during it — is that all ticket proceeds benefited Cafe Momentum.