Why you should serve your next Tequila with a slice of grapefruit

If you tosh back tequila shots on a regular basis, consider ditching the lime and salt for a grapefruit slice with a dusting of cinnamon instead.

According to the folks from Cazadores in Mexico, the whole lime and salt thing was invented back when people were drinking some pretty gnarly tequila.

If you’re shooting cheap blanco tequila (the clear stuff) then the tradition probably still works. If you’re opting for an aged tequila like a Reposado or Añejo; however, then you’d be better served replacing the lime with a grapefruit and the salt with a light dusting of cinnamon.

Reposado and Añejo tequilas are darker due to the fact they’ve been aged in barrels before they’re bottled. Reposado tequila has been aged at least two months and up to 11 months in an oak barrel, and Añejo a year or more.

The grapefruit and cinnamon combo is better suited to bring out some of those amazing flavors that come from that aging and can make for a much better experience.