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Pairing Tequila with Food

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When you think about tequila, you may have a few embarrassing memories from your younger days that come to mind. Tequila is so much more than liquid courage that you do shots of, though! In fact, tequila is considered one of the most versatile spirits in terms of flavor and what it can be paired with. Similar to how different wines pair well with specific types of food, different types of tequila taste better when they’re paired with the right meal. Keep reading to learn which tequilas pair best with specific Mexican dishes. 

Gold Tequila

Gold tequila is not as pure as some other types of tequila since it only has to be 51% agave. The rest of the mixture can be made of additional flavors and colors that give it a very strong taste. Gold tequila pairs well with spicier Mexican dishes, such as chipotle chicken tacos. Stick to basic dishes that have a strong flavor profile of their own so they won’t be overwhelmed by the tequila!

Silver Tequila

Silver tequila is smooth, pure, and slightly sweet. This type of tequila is 100% agave with no additives. Silver tequila pairs well with fresh herbs, vegetables, fish, and chicken. Think of lighter dishes that aren’t too spicy. Silver tequila is what you’ll find inside many of your favorite margaritas, too! Since silver tequila is so pure, you’re less likely to wake up with a nasty headache the next morning. 

Tequila Anejo

Tequila Anejo is a type of gold tequila, but it’s aged for at least a year during the production process. This leaves the tequila having a rich, amber color. Tequila Anejo is the perfect pair with steak fajitas and any dessert that features chocolate. The richer the flavors, the better it will pair with tequila Anejo. Tequila Anejo is unique because it can be enjoyed during the main course and as a nightcap with a chocolatey dessert.

Reposado Tequila

Reposado tequila is aged for two to eleven months. The way that it’s aged is what makes it so special though! It’s aged inside of wooden barrels, similar to whiskey. This leaves the tequila with a smoky, natural flavor that pairs perfectly with carnitas in the form of tacos, empanadas, burritos, and more! The same type of foods that remind you of an authentic Mexican barbeque is the ones that should be paired with reposado tequila – that includes everyone’s favorite, Mexican street corn-inspired recipes!

Book a Reservation at Casa Cana 

There’s no better way to find your favorite food and tequila pairing than to try it yourself! Visit Casa Cana today to experience a delicious tequila garden and authentic Mexican cuisine in the Boston area! Our servers can help you find the perfect tequila and food pairing for your tastebuds. Book a reservation today.