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On Tuesday, March 12th, Madrid was the scene of Mexico Spirits Culture, a fabulous ‘fiesta Mexicana’ to celebrate all that this wonderful country has to offer. And what Mexican party would be complete without tequila? More than 15 tequila distilleries were there to show off their products. Offering visitors a taste of the best was the premium brand Azteca (visit www.casatequileraazteca.com)

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Azteca tequila has been produced at the company’s distillery in the D.O. region of Jalisco in Mexico for over 60 years.  What makes Azteca tequila stand head and shoulders above the rest is the hands-on approach that is taken with its distillation. From cultivating the agave plants – the base ingredient for distilling tequila – to their collection and finally distilling the beverage, the process is monitored every step of the way. Azteca has its own agave plantations in Mexico and lavishes care on the plants to ensure that the sap used is full of subtle flavours which will then be passed on to the final beverage. What you get is a smooth taste with delicious fruity nuances.

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Offering boundless opportunities for exciting taste sensations, Azteca produces a range of tequilas with varying flavour nuances. At the top of the list is La Revancha Añejo, which stays in fine wood casks for 18 months giving it a golden hue and smooth drinking qualities best enjoyed on the rocks. For those who love cocktails, the range of Azteca tequilas, including Real Hacienda Única, Espinosa, Revancha and El Retiro are perfect for making everything from a classic margarita to other enticing tipples such as the Paloma Re-Mix – a heady mix of Azteca Esponosa tequila with lemon and grapefruit juice, salt and a dash of soda water.

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Providing the perfect opportunity to experience Azteca tequila in an authentic party atmosphere, the Mexican Spirits Culture event exploded with music, dance, food and drinks throughout the afternoon of March 12th on the ground floor function space of Madrid’s famed Reina Sofia Museum. All those who attended were keen to get into the Mexican party spirit. Traditional Mexican dances started off the festivities.

At the Azteca tequila stand the mixologists thrilled the crowd with their cocktail mixing abilities and theatrical flair. One of the most popular cocktails was the Patanga which combined white tequila with lime juice and a dash of Coca Cola. Another great drink combined white tequila with Grand Marnier, lime juice with a dash of agave syrup.

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Mexican food is one of the world’s favourite cuisines, and helping keep hunger at bay was Chef Armando Oropezo from Madrid’s restaurant Mestizo (visit www.madrid.mestizomx.com) Chef produced some great bites, most of which included tequila in their elaboration. Some real crowd pleasers were avocado gazpacho with Azteca Tequila, chicken with Azteca Tequila Espinosa and ceviche flavoured with Azteca Tequila Único.

For those who want to start their own Mexican party, make sure you have some bottles of Azteca Tequila on hand. Visitors to Madrid who want to experience a lively night out head to Mestizo restaurant in Calle Recoletos for excellent ‘south of the border’ food and plenty opportunities to enjoy some fine tequilas.