First of all, Rix Lounge? If you haven’t ducked in there for a non-Park evening, you should! The space is beautiful. Dan has some shots on his blog, and I’ll be posting some more within the next couple of weeks, as well. It’s just a very relaxed, fluid and festive bar. Low light, comfy seating, good mood music and delicious food.
Second of all, the team from La Cava— Javier Villegas, Tequila Ambassador Humberto Soto and Master Mixologist Jose “Pepe” Lopez—are an absolute delight. Next time you visit La Cava, make sure you make their acquaintance. They’re super-duper kind and very knowledgeable about tequila if you have any questions. (Which, duh, I always do.)
Third, and most important: The new Patrón Reposado La Cava Reserva is out of this world good. The tequila was specially blended for La Cava and then aged for 6.5 months in an Allier Oak barrel. The resulting liquor is sweet with citrus and vanilla notes as well as a hint of agave and fresh wood. I, of course, am not a tequila expert, so to me it tasted mildly citrusy and incredibly smooth.
You can buy a 1.69 oz. pour at La Cava for $17 – it’s the perfect serving to sip. While the bar staff doesn’t recommend it, you can also order the Reserva as part of a margarita for $20. La Cava owns the entire barrel, so it’s exclusive, and once it’s gone, it’s gone. And! Everyone who buys a shot gets to actually sign the barrel! How cool is that?!
The tequila was the star of the Launch Party, of course. The $30 cover charge included a shot of the reposado, a margarita made with the reposado, chips and dip and a DJ. The crowd was small but super fun—we made some lovely new friends, played in a Patrón-sponsored photo booth and drank. But not too too much. Just enough.
Bottom line: If you ever get invited to a La Cava special event, you should really go. They know how to put on a heck of a party, and they’re no slouches in the yummy department either. Two thumbs way up.
What’s your favorite La Cava margarita? Let us know in the comments!