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Tequila for All

To make a zesty margarita or paloma, or just to sip neat as a smooth after-dinner drink, there's nothing better than really, really good tequila. The great tequilas of Mexico are a world away from the harsh shots you may have done in college, which were likely not even tequila at all, but a hybrid of just 51% agave spirit, aptly called "mixto." But 100 percent Blue Weber agave tequila — blue for the hue and Weber for the botanist who identified it; "true" tequila, if you will — is a spirit worth savoring and appreciating. Depending on what sort of drinker you are, find your true tequila here. — Chantal Martineau

For the Classicist PATRÓN SILVER The world's top-selling tequila is more than just a popular bottle-service order at trendy dance clubs: despite its popularity, Patron is made very much like a small-batch product. The short, geometric bottle is handmade from recycled glass. The agave is cooked slowly in masonry ovens, then a portion is mashed using a tahona, an ancient stone mill (the balance is processed with a modern roller mill). Distillation is completed in small copper pot stills for an aromatic elixir with fresh agave and citrus flavors. Patron Silver, $85 for 750mL at The Patron Spirits Company

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