Beware the Fruit-Infused Tequila at Pinche Taqueria
|The fruit-infused tequila is dangerously tasty.|
Before he could get carried away preparing an experimental cocktail with the potential to knock me on my ass well before 5 p.m., I zeroed in on a pair of oversized glass containers on the bar that were filled with a clear liquid and slices of fruit. "What's in those jars?" I gestured over his shoulder.
|Afternoon drinking food: chips, salsa, and cheese quesadilla.|
Turns out the jar held three bottles of tequila that had been soaking with fresh pineapple. If a shot of straight tequila brings water to the eyes, this was smooth as silk, faintly sweet with a mild but pleasant burn. "This is dangerously good," I said. He conceded and offered me the "exact opposite" in terms of flavor experiences: a piece of the pineapple that had been soaking in the booze for several days. It tasted like licking a bathtub of moonshine.
My tongue was still burning when my cheese quesadilla arrived with more chips, sour cream, and a very runny dollop of guacamole. I worked on the platter and nursed my beer while I watched passersby. All of the seating at Pinche Taqueria is covered, but the front "door" rolls up to convert the bar into a semi-open space. It makes for good people-watching, even on a slowish weekday afternoon.
The bar plans to go all out for Cinco de Mayo with nearly a week's worth of partying in store. This would be an excellent time to sample those fruit-infused tequilas. Just remember that while it doesn't taste like it, it's still booze.
|Pinche Taqueria can roll open the front "wall" for an open-air bar.|
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