Featured in Vallarta Lifestyles Magazine, Winter/Spring 2007 issue.

Considered North America's first indigenous distilled spirit, tequila production originated in the 16th century near the town of Tequila, Jalisco. It is made from agave, a plant considered sacred by the Aztec, who used it to produce octly, a fermented beverage now known as pulque. It has been immortalized in dozens of popular songs, from Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" to The Champs' number one Billboard hit and 1959 Rhythm and Blues Grammy winner "Tequila!" There are as many legends about tequila as there are flavorful ways to enjoy it. But while in Puerto Vallarta, consider savoring these exclusive signature cocktails at two of the hottest restaurants in town.

Margarita Linda

2 oz. Sauza Commemorative Añejo
1 oz. Cointreau
3/4 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
2 cups ice

Shake well, don’t blend. Serve in a salted-rim glass.

Daiquiri Dick's bartender Ezequiel Ramos

Cocktail Agave

1-1/2 oz. tequila
1 oz. grenadine liqueur
Dash grenadine
2 oz. cranberry juice
2 oz. pineapple juice
1 blackberry

Combine first five ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass. Float an additional 1/2 oz. of pineapple juice and garnish with a blackberry.

Agave Grill bartender Arnoldo Arpegios Leon Camargo