By Troy Petenbrink
There was a time when the only way many folks would drink tequila is if they could hide the taste with some salt to lick and a lime to suck. However, in recent years the sales of tequila have skyrocketed. This is the result of better tasting tequilas being introduced to the market and talented mixologists creating outstanding tequila cocktails. Here are five places in Baltimore were tequila is given the love it deserves and patrons can get tequila cocktails that are delicioso.
Alma Cocina Latina
2400 Boston St.
Baltimore MD, 21224
It is not just the tasty Venezuelan-inspired food that has put Alma Cocina Latina on many lists of top restaurants in Baltimore — it is also its cocktails. With a beverage program that embraces the richness of Caribbean and Latin countries, Alma knows tequila. Created by celebrated mixologist Aaron Joseph, Alma’s Margarita de Parchita is made with a combination of Patrón Silver, Patrón Citrónge Orange, and a passion fruit and jalapeño syrup. It was recently selected by Patron as a finalists for its 2018 Margarita of the Year competition.
225 West 23rd St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood, which The Baltimore Sun says has a reputation for “well-crafted food and drinks,” is where you will find Clavel. This Mexican-inspired restaurant is best known for its selection of mezcals, tequila’s smokey cousin, but stocks some excellent artisanal tequilas. Its El Chichon is made with Sembra Valles High Proof blanco tequila, Sotol Por Siempre (another cousin of tequila), cherry tomato reduction, pink peppercorn, Dopo Teatro vermouth, Bruto Americano, celery, Peychaud bitter, and fresh fennel. This drink is a work of art.
Blue Agave Restaurante y Tequileria
1032 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
With over 100 tequilas available for tasting, Blue Agave boasts Baltimore’s largest tequila selection. In addition to its 1/2 ounce flights that are perfect for exploring its vast offering, its has some top-notch margaritas and cocktails. A must try is its Paloma made with Jose Cuervo Tradicional, agave nectar, fresh lime juice, and grapefruit soda. It pairs perfectly with Blue Agave’s house made chips and salsa.
301 W. 29th St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
The seats at R Bar are some of the most coveted real estate in Baltimore. Located in the heart of R House food court, this creative watering hole draws its patrons in with a well-curated selection of seasonal cocktails, craft beers and wines. Its beverage director Amie Ward is a fan of tequila and usually includes at least one tequila-based cocktail on her every changing menu. Recently seen on the menu was the Little Chrissy made with La Pitaya Tequila, Blue Curacao, lime jam, Shrub District Blueberry Basel, and some Blue Raspberry AirHeads candy.
The Point In Fells
1738 Thames St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
Sitting on the patio and enjoying the view of Baltimore Inner Harbor at The Points in Fells is a fun experience. But doing it while enjoying one of its tequila-based cocktails takes it to whole new level. One of the most popular drinks at this family-owned and operated restaurant and bar is The Point Break made with Avion tequila, St. Germain, fresh grapefruit juice, and agave nector.
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