The Aztec people first labeled tequila a “spirit” because it infused their bodies with warmth and could be extracted from their prickly agave pom-poms. Cheer on Mexico’s most prized libation with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get two single-day tickets to Phoenix Tequila Fest at US Airways Center (a $90 value). Choose between the following dates:
- Saturday, December 10, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, December 11, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.<p>
Premium tequilas flow from bottles like water down the Rio Grande at Phoenix Tequila Fest, a celebration of the blue agave’s liquid treasure that pairs all-day tastings with culinary samplings from local Mexican restaurants. Silver streams of blanco tequila fill shot glasses while the complex aromas of aged reposados waft across US Airways Center’s expansive exhibition floor. Organics and infusions awaken palates more effectively than gargling tabasco sauce, and margaritas chill down throats after the pleasant burn of gold tequilas served straight-up.
A throng of Mexican resaurants grills up heaping portions of carne asada, taquitos, and shrimp ceviche to sustain bellies throughout the four-hour festival. Ears pack their bags for Guadalajara at the sounds of a live mariachi band, and eyes feast on a bartending competition and flailing bodies vying for first place in the worm-dance competition.
Phoenix Tequila Fest
The Phoenix Tequila Fest gathers together bartenders, mixologists, agave farmers, performers, and tequila enthusiasts for a two-day festival devoted to distilled goodness. There are countless booths offering tequila samples, which come from numerous brands, distilleries, and varietals around the world. But it’s not simply about sampling; festival-goers can also cheer on their favorite bartenders in the Margarita Challenge, fine-tune the art of describing tequila, and learn about the newest trends in flavor manipulations. Continuous live entertainment creates a festive atmosphere, and complimentary Mexican foods—such as taquitos, chimichangas, salsa and chips, and shrimp ceviche—from the Valley’s restaurants ensure that revelry last the entire afternoon.