It's National Tequila Day :: Where to celebrate in Fairfield County

 National Tequila Day. Where to celebrate in Fairfield County. Image Jessica Gordon Ryan

National Tequila Day. Where to celebrate in Fairfield County. Image Jessica Gordon Ryan

“Let us be your tequila story” is Geronimo’s mantra – and let’s fess up, as we all have one! This Friday, July 24th, is National Tequila Day. Whether you’re a mezcal (also spelled ‘mescal’) lovin’ slow-sipper or a heat infused jalapeno margarita party-goer, National Tequila Day will be adding to the summer fun at some of the area’s most progressive tequila joints.
Bodega Taco Bar in Fairfield and Darien, with a reputation for its innovative take on handcrafted Mexican street food, 100+ deep tequila offerings, and its edgy design will be offering $6 Bodegaritas, $5 Fireball Tequila and a high-octane night featuring the lovely Patron Tequila Girls offering tequila tastings and giveaways. The kitchen will be getting in the fun with over-the-top menu specials too!
Heritage Square |1700 Post Road | Fairfield, CT
980 Post Road |Darien, CT
Paloma in Stamford, Harbor Point’s waterside restaurant and gathering place, will be feature half price tequila “shots”, a special tequila cocktail menu and botanas. Beverage Director Olie Berlic created this tequila forward menu for Paloma with simple preparations and the use of premium Paloma_Drink_0125ingredients at the forefront. Our faves include; The Ginger Snap - spicy tequila, muddled fresh ginger, lemon and lime, luxardo maraschino and egg white, shaken and frothy; Tommy's Margarita - silver tequila, fresh lime and agave; and the Grace – passion fruit nectar, fresh lemon, orange blossom, sugarcane, Casamigos Silver Tequila and Champagne Vollereaux. Join Paloma Thursday, July 23 and Friday July 24.
15 Harbor Point Road |Stamford, CT
Geronimo in Fairfield, coming in at over  400+ bottles of tequila, celebrates National Tequila Day by paying homage to Casa Noble Tequila and their award winning Anejo, Resposado and Crystal Tequila – served neat or otherwise. This ultra-premium tequila is made from 100% blue agave and certified organic. Chef Tim Scott will also be featuring Casa Noble Tequila braised oxtail tacos. Hang out on Geronimo’s large patio which overlooks a bustling downtown Fairfield scene.
2070 Post Road | Fairfield, CT
Fun Tequila Facts
1. In Mexico, Tequila is enjoyed neat: without lime and salt
When it comes to lime and salt with their Tequila, Mexicans go for margaritas. Shots of tequila are drunk without the extras.

2. Tequila is closer to lilies than cactus
Many believe Tequila is made from cactus, but the Agave plant is actually in the lily family and not the cactus family.

3. All Tequila is Mezcal, but not all Mezcal is Tequila
Mezcal is a distilled beverage made in Mexico from Agave. Tequila is made from Blue Agave in the Appellation of Origin: Tequila Territory, primarily the state of Jalisco.

4. Tequila is made of at least 51% Blue Agave
Although Mezcal can be made from the 100s of different Agave varieties, tequila must contain at least 51% of Blue Agave and many believe it should be 100%. Tequila consisting of less than 100% Blue Agave are called Mixto.

5. It takes 8-12 years for the Blue Agave plant to mature enough to make Tequila
Tequila is made from the heart of the Blue Agave plant, called piña. The pina may weigh up to 200 pounds when harvested. Worms are prohibited in Tequila bottles but may be present in Mezcal. By law worms are prohibited in Tequila bottles. Agave Snout Weevil or the caterpillar phase of the Hypopta Agavis Moth may be in Mezcal bottles. They used to be included to prove the proof and/or presence of agave.

7. Tequila has terroir
Tequilas from agave grown in the highlands north of Guadalajara are fruitier and floral; whereas those from the valleys are earthier, and may be a bit spicier.

8. Much of the work in making Tequila is done by hand
Agave is hand selected for harvest and collected by hand. In premium Tequilas, the pulp is extracted from the fiber in large stone bowls by humans after being ground down in the tahona.

9.  Color is NOT a guarantee of Tequila quality
Tequila turns color from aging in barrel or by the addition of color additives. A premium white tequila will taste much better than an artificially colored young tequila.

10. The three main categories of Tequila are:
Blanco - Un-aged and bottled within two months of distillation
Reposado – Aged between two-twelve months in barrels
Anejo – Aged between 1-3 years in small oak barrels

Two additional categories seen include:
Joven or Oro – mixture of Blanco and Reposado tequilas
Extra Anejo - Aged 3-5 years in oak barrels