Today is Mexican Independence Day. (Independence from Spain in 1810, Einstein.) That means you should be drinking tequila right now. Or at least a Pacifico. Alas, I’ve but one bottle of tequila in the Drinkhacker review queue, and it’s not exactly something you’re going to want to suck down til dawn. Sorry.
Anyway, you read the subject line: We’re talking about Tabasco Spicy Tequila. As in tequila with Tabasco Sauce in it. For real.
If you’re the kind of drinker who throws back a shot of Cuervo and immediately growls, “Wow, that didn’t burn enough going down!” then Tabasco Spicy Tequila is for you. This tequila gives you two kind of burns: One from the tequila and a totally different one from the hot sauce. The result is an overpowering sense of imminent death, should you be so unwise as to drink a full 1.5 ounces of this in one gulp.
Now this isn’t a slam. The whole wheat side of me can see this tequila being used in moderation in super-hot cocktails (maybe your occasional Bloody Maria)… but the frosted side figures it’s going to become popular with the frat boy/bar bet crowd. “$20 if you can do three shots in a row…” God help you if you don’t have salt, lime, and a Bible handy.
The tequila’s 80 proof and the base spirit is nothing special. It’s a mixto tequila (common with adulterated/flavored tequilas) that has a fair amount of agave character despite the heat of the Tabasco. (If you’re looking to save money, you might even try mixing your own version of this. Tabasco Sauce is cheap in comparison.)
As for those shots, regular readers will know that I prefer to sip my tequilas rather than taste them just once in a shot. This is one of those experiences where I figure many, alas, will be tasting it twice.
C / $22