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Tequilas for Sipping

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This winter, if you're heading south with your clubs, we recommend you skip the frozen margaritas. Great tequilas—such as the silky Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Silver ($68, bevmo.com), with its spicy agave and delicate vanilla notes—are meant to be sipped, not mixed in a blender. These tequilas are best served at room temperature and enjoyed from specially designed glasses, like the Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glass ($10, riedel.com). Pour just an ounce to an ounce and a half—the point is to leave enough room in the glass that you can savor the aroma as well as the taste.

Typically, sipping tequilas are añejo tequilas, meaning they're aged a minimum of one year in oak barrels. Blanco or silver tequilas usually receive no oak aging at all and are more often used for mixing, but part of what makes this Milagro so distinctive is that it receives a very brief mellowing in French oak casks. What this does, in addition to adding that light vanilla edge to the flavor, is give the tequila an ultrasmooth texture. If you're looking for something special to celebrate a round at, say, Cabo del Sol, there's nothing better under the sun.

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