Thursday, October 14, 2010
$20 per person
Mexico’s national spirit will get the attention it deserves during Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar’s monthly tequila distillery events. Taking place on the second Thursday of every month, these spirited soirees will highlight different tequilas through informal tastings, specialty cocktails and Zocalo’s flavorful Mexican fare.
Riazul Tequila will be in the spotlight on Thursday, October 14 from 6:30-9:30pm. Passed appetizers from Zocalo’s menu will keep tequila tasters in the game, while live Latin music will set an upbeat vibe. The cost to attend Zocalo’s Riazul Tequila tasting is $20 per person, which includes two specialty cocktails, the tequila tasting (Anejo, Reposado, Silver), passed appetizers and a raffle ticket for a chance to win Zocalo gift cards, bottles of Riazul Tequila and more.
Zocalo’s weekly “Dine at Nine” promotion will also be in effect, offering half-off all food items after 9:00pm (must make a reservation and mention offer). Glasses of Sangria and Citrus Cazuelas will be $5 and all appetizers will be half-price in the bar area from 5:00-7:00pm.
Please call Zocalo for tasting reservations (recommended).
About Riazul Tequila
100% Blue Agave Premium
Two hundred years ago, the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico served as a key battlefront in the Mexican War of Independence. During that struggle, Maria Higinia Gomez served as a high counselor to the Mexican rebel leaders. For her service, she was granted 10,000 acres of land — most of which she gave away to revolutionaries who fought for Mexico’s freedom. The remaining 620 acres was handed down from generation to generation and virtually untouched until Riazul’s founder, Iñaki Orozco, inherited the land in the late 1990s.
Iñaki knew that the land was located within the exclusive area of Mexico where agave could be harvested into what is officially recognized as tequila. He approached the family elders and pitched his idea to initially plant a few agave plants, with plans for more a much larger agave field in the future. The elders were skeptical and challenged Iñaki’s vision as naive and nearly impossible to achieve. But the young idealist was persistent and won them over. Soon, Iñaki had his chance to prove himself. He planted 100 initial agave shoots and that early agave crop flourished. Iñaki worked day and night to plant more than 175,000 more shoots.
Early on, Iñaki simply planned to grow agave as raw product for other tequila companies. Later, he began thinking about launching a private label brand for restaurants and bars, but his dream kept getting bigger. When the elders heard that Iñaki planned to launch his own premium tequila brand, they thought he had lost his mind. Today, Riazul Premium tequilas are available in hundreds of restaurants, bars, and retail outlets throughout Texas and in parts of New York, Illinois, Florida, Arizona and Nevada.
The high elevation, cool climate, and red volcanic soils — or tierra roja — give rise to agave that matures for close to a decade before reaching harvesting quality. During that time, the agave soaks up unique aromas and flavors indigenous only to this region. Agaves harvested in the Jalisco highlands contain higher sugar content, resulting in more aromatic tequilas with sweeter tasting notes.
ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar
358 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610