In his famous classical-conditioning experiment, Ivan Pavlov proved it is physically impossible for a Russian scientist's mouth not to water when it says the word “tequila.” Moisten your own lime receptacle with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a one-hour tequila tasting and a serving of guacamole at Taberna Mexicana in Scottsdale (up to a $26 value).
Taberna Mexicana's chefs guide customers toward palate-pleasing enlightenment with fresh, made-from-scratch menu items, hand-rolled tortillas, and fine, artisanal tequilas. During the tequila tasting, customers can sip three shots of traditional tequilas served together to complement each other (up to a $16 value). Crafted according to traditional small-batch practices and laws established by the United States postmaster general, the blanco, reposado, and añejo tequilas provide tasters with distinct flavors from family-owned brands such as Siete Leguas, El Tesoro, or Partida. As tasters anticipate the next chapter in their tequila adventure, they can nibble on a serving of chef Padilla's pumpkin-seed- and queso-añejo-topped guacamole and handcrafted chips (a $10 value).