Tequila Party

Sellout crowd learns the finer points of savoring tequila in agave good time

Sellout crowd discovers the finer points of tequila in agave good time

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Guests raise their glasses of Herradura in a toast to the instructional tasting.  Photo by Marcy de Luna
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Ruben Aceves, Casa Herradura's Global Tequila Ambassador, raises his glass to the finer points of tequila. Photo by Marcy de Luna
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Guests tasted Herradura's reposado, añejo and añejo tequilas Photo by Marcy de Luna
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Herradura Tequila girls CJ Ridgley (left) and Liz Soliz (right) with guest, AJ Saper (middle) Photo by Marcy de Luna
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Angela Steffens and Alfonzo Lujan Photo by Marcy de Luna
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Mike and Roshell Arterburn Photo by Marcy de Luna
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Ruben Aceves explains the process while jimador chops the cactus. Photo by Marcy de Luna
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Diandra Rhodes, Tommy Wade, Alma Zepeda Photo by Marcy de Luna
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Martha Rosas and Julie Wolken Photo by Marcy de Luna
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Tequila Appreciation Society Photo by Marcy de Luna
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Eric and Lisa Kalisek Photo by Marcy de Luna
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Guests mixed and mingled at Houston Fire Station No. 3 Photo by Marcy de Luna
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Herradura Tequila Photo by Marcy de Luna
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Guests noshed on ceviche, quesadillas and the likes Photo by Marcy de Luna
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Tequila has a reputation for leading to amusing nights and Wednesday’s Tequila Appreciation Society event was no exception. More than 150 tequila enthusiasts were entertained at the tasting hosted by Ruben Aceves, Casa Herradura's Global Tequila Ambassador, at the two-story Fire Station No. 3, located near downtown.

The sold-out crowd kicked off the evening by mixing and mingling while sipping margaritas (2 oz. Herradura silver tequila, 1 oz. Cointreau, 3/4 oz. lime juice, 1/2 oz. agave nectar) and noshing on delicious bites including ceviche, brisket flautas and spinach quesadillas.

Guests then headed upstairs for a presentation by Aceves, who discussed the origins and finer points of the Mexican spirit as a skilled jimador simulated how harvesting is done by hacking into an agave plant, front and center of the room.

Next up, keen attendees swirled their glasses and sampled the tequila — silver, reposado (a category Herradura created in 1974) and añejo (aged 25 months) — as Aceves answered questions and servers sweetened things up with a round of desserts: brownies with cajeta (sweetened caramelized milk) and flan.

The only thing better than a fun-filled evening with tequila and tasty fare? Helping out a good cause. All ticket proceeds from the event benefited Foodways Texas. Salud.

Passing the Herradura learning curve on tequila were Lee and Seliece Womble, Adam Aukamp, Tanya Oliver, Tammy Manning, AJ Saper, Karen Schneider, Angela Steffens and Alfonzo Lujan.