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Spend National Tequila Day with Verde Kitchen

If you love tequila, get ready for National Tequila Day. Spend July 24 with Verde Kitchen.

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Tequila has a long history, but before there was tequila there was pulque. Pulque was also made with agave, but this beverage was milky and frothy in texture and consistency. Indigenous Mexican tribes would harvest and ferment agave to make pulque all the way back in the Mesoamerican times in 1000 B.C.

Tequila as we know it was created in the 16th Century A.D. and the first tequila factory was established in 1600. By 1795, Don Jose Antonio de Cuervo opened up the first Vino Mezcal de Tequila de Jose Cuervo in Jalisco, Mexico, which is now known as Tequila, Mexico. This factory created what is now the world’s most successful tequila brand.

To get your tequila fix this National Tequila Day, visit Verde Kitchen & Cocktails. We have an entire menu dedicated to tequila. We offer blanco tequilas, reposado tequilas, and anejo and extra anejo tequilas. Our blanco tequilas are made from 100 percent blue agave that is unaged or rested less than two months. We have artenom, baron, blue nectar, and more. Our reposado tequilas are rested anywhere from two months to 364 days and are full-bodied, excellent for sipping or mixing. Try our casa noble, partida, or milagro. Finally, anejo and extra anejo tequilas are aged and matured anywhere from one to more than three years and feature complex, intricate flavor profiles. Order up a kah anejo, calle 23 anejo, or suerte anejo.

This July 24, there’s no better place to visit than Verde Kitchen & Cocktails. Find us at 70 East Main St. in Bay Shore, New York.

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    The Differences Between Tequila & Mezcal

    Mezcal is quickly gaining popularity in American bars all across the country. While both of these spirits from Mexico are made from agave, that’s about all they have in common. Here are a few of the key distinctions between these two alcohols:

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    All Tequila May Be Mezcal; Not All Mezcal Is Tequila

    Tequila is a specific type of mezcal, similar to how bourbon and scotch are different types of whiskey. According to experts in the field, any agave-based liquor is classified as a mezcal. Tequila is included in this definition. However, since it only comes from certain regions of Mexico, as well as the fact that it is only produced from blue agave, means that it is only one of many mescals.

    The Difference Is In the Agave

    There are over 30 varieties of agave. The most common that are used for mezcal include tobalá, tepeztate, arroqueño, espadín, and tobaziche. These variations of agave make up to 90% of mezcal.

    They Come from Different Regions

    Although there may be some geographical overlap, mezcal and tequila primarily come from different areas of Mexico.

    Tequila is made in 5 regions:

    • Michoacan
    • Jalisco
    • Guanajuato
    • Tamaulipas
    • Nayarit

    Mezcal is produced in 9 regions:

  • Guanajuato
  • Durango
  • Guerrero
  • Tamaulipas
  • San Luis Potosi
  • Zacatecas
  • Michoacán
  • Puebla
  • Oaxaca
  • A couple of other distinctions between tequila and mezcal include a different distillation process, as well as different labeling.

    So, why not just come and taste the difference for yourself? Not only do we offer some of the finest drinks around, but we also have a delicious selection of many, authentic Mexican dishes. We are located at 70 East Main St. Bay Shore, NY 11706, so come by for lunch, happy hour, or dinner anytime! You can also reach us at (631) 665-6300.

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      Cocktails to Pair with your Mexican Cuisine

      Mexican food is flavorful and satisfying. To make your Mexican meal even better, consider pairing your food with cocktails. These are the cocktails to pair with your Mexican cuisine:

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      Whether you’re enjoying a taco, Oaxacan burger, or chips and guacamole, gin and tonic is a delicious pairing. A lot of Mexican cuisines is spicy, and gin and tonic can cool down these spicy flavors. Plus, the lime juice used in gin and tonic brightens the flavors of Mexican dishes.

      Another tasty drink to pair with your Mexican cuisine is sangria. Sangria is a combination of red wine and brandy that enhances the savory flavors of meats used in Mexican food. Sangria is also light and refreshing, making it a good dessert beverage.

      Seeking something a little sweeter to drink with your Mexican food? A rum swizzle is made with falernum and dark rum, creating a sweetness that is comparable to a daiquiri. Rum swizzle brightens the spicy and savory flavors of Mexican cuisine.

      The el diablo cocktail is another great beverage to drink alongside your Mexican meal. This cocktail is tart, sweet, and spicy, perfectly complementing the flavors and textures of Mexican food.

      Finally, you can’t go wrong with an Old Fashioned. This beverage is the perfect pairing for tacos or other Mexican cuisines because of its customization possibilities. If you want something sweeter, add sugar and bourbon to your Old Fashioned. If you want something spicier, rye whiskey is a great adjustment to make to your drink.

      Pairing cocktails with your Mexican cuisine is easy when you dine with Verde. Visit us at 70 East Main Street in Bay Shore, New York to try our tasty Mexican food and our mouth-watering cocktails!

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        Enjoy Fresh Margarita’s During Happy Hour

        Who doesn’t love margaritas? If you want to sip on some delicious margaritas for a discounted price, come to Verde Kitchen & Cocktails. You can enjoy fresh margaritas during our happy hour!

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        At Verde, our happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. Our specials include $6 all-natural margaritas and $7 select seasonal margaritas. For this low price, you can experience tremendous amounts of refreshing flavor. Try our mango margarita, which is made from tequila, mango, lime, agave, and served with a chili salt rim. There’s also our raspberry margarita, which is crafted from tequila, raspberry syrup, fresh lime, agave, and mint.

        All of our margaritas are made with 100% Blue Weber Agave Tequila, organic agave, and fresh-squeezed citrus. Additionally, all of our infusions and syrups are made in-house using our greenhouse ingredients whenever possible.

        Try our Verde margarita, which has been setting the bar since 2014. It’s made with Sub Ilegal Joven Mezcal, which puts a smoky spin on the classic margarita flavor. In addition to our house margarita, we also serve a cucumber jalapeno margarita, a pineapple coconut margarita, a grapefruit ginger margarita, and several other flavors you have to try for yourself.

        You don’t want to miss the Verde happy hour special! Enjoy our margaritas for nearly half the price when you visit us on a weekday between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m. Verde Kitchen & Cocktails is located at 70 East Main Street in Bay Shore, New York, and we can’t wait to see you here soon!

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