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SOL Says Si to Tequila

SOL 5We’ve been a fan of SOL Cocina for several years, ever since Chef Deborah Schneider first opened her Newport Beach location (she has since opened one in Scottsdale, AZ) and started serving her traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist (the Taco Vampiro is a MUST).

We were recently invited to experience SOL’s new Tequila Thursdays event featuring a SOL single barrel reposado tequila.

I love good tequila straight up, Catherine loves it in a cocktail, so of course we said yes to the invite.

SOL’s tequila is custom blended at Casa Noble’s tequila distillery. Only 360 bottles were produced, and it’s only available at SOL in Newport Beach and Scottsdale, Arizona.SOL 1

According to GM Matt Baumayr, the tequila is balanced with caramel and chocolate notes that make it an approachable sipping tequila with enough backbone to hold up in one of their hand-crafted cocktails.

We agree with Baumayr. I thought the SOL tequila was indeed balanced and smooth on its own, while Catherine had it mixed as a skinny margarita and a house margarita.

“This doesn’t taste like it has less calories but it does,” exclaimed Catherine after a few sips of her drink. “It has a little bit of tanginess to it and more of a lime flavor. But the  house margarita with their new tequila is my favorite–it has a splash of orange juice added to their regular house mix of flavors, which gives it a rich taste.”

As a bonus, owner and executive chef Deborah Schneider was on hand making her signature street tacos. A few food writers stayed and ordered additional items from Chef Deb’s authentic menu featuring south of the border cuisine.

Tequila Thursdays takes place most Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., through June 27. During Tequila Thursday events, guests enjoy a complimentary tasting in the bar, and can then order the featured tequila all night for half-off the normal price. Of course, SOL carries more than 70 different tequilas, so there’s always something for everyone–and then some.

SOL 1Upcoming events include Dos Armadillos on June 20, and Casa Noble on June 27.

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