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Charlotte area restaurants and bars are reporting outages of popular booze brands like Patron tequila, Ciroc, Ketel One and Tito’s vodkas, and Malibu rum amid a global liquor shortage leaving business owners scrambling to stock their shelves. At Picasso’s Sports Cafe in University City, Don Julio and other tequilas, and Jameson Irish Whiskey and Crown Royal whisky are out of stock. “Some have ...

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Tequila gets most of the spirit love in this country, but don’t sleep on rum for a tropical escape. The rise of Tiki bars is reflected in RTDs.

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We adore our margaritas. By almost any metric, and no matter who is tabulating, they are the nation’s most popular cocktail. And that popularity is reflected in their ready-to-drink dominance. Many of the companies wading into the RTD field offer a margarita. Those that don’t, have one in the works.

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As the capital of Jalisco, Guadalajara embraces its local heritage, most notably in the form of tequila (for which Jalisco is famous) and mariachi music (celebrated with a week-long festival in September). The historic city center is home to an incredible collection of baroque churches and architecture that give Mexico City’s Centro a run for its money. The city also hosts one of the world’s largest book festivals every year.

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From tea to whiskey, you can arrange a variety of virtual tastings. When you arrange the event, the provider typically makes plans to have the tasting items arrive in advance. Then, an expert guides the team through the tasting. For example, Open Door Tea hosts virtual tea tastings.

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Have no fear, gluten-free folks! Tequila is perfectly all right for you to drink. Tequila is made from fermenting the juice from the blue agave plant, which has a core called piña because it looks a little like a pineapple. Once the piña is harvested, it's brought to a distillery to be roasted to unleash its juices, which are fermented, distilled and aged before being bottled.

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You know how true Champagne has to be made in the Champagne region of France? It's a similar thing here. In order to be labeled tequila, production has to occur in the state of Jalisco or in some neighboring states. But most tequila production is in Jalisco.

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And yes, the city is in Jalisco. It's the birthplace of the iconic drink, where indigenous Mexicans would ferment the juice of the blue agave before it became the staple it is now. Many distilleries are still based in the town, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006.

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Historically, the women of Tequila (as in the town) have been the ones who cultivated the blue agave plants, called hijuelos (little children). Women can still be seen today working the fields from February to July, when the plants sprout.

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The Top 10 selling liquors from 2007 in Forsyth, Davie, Yadkin and Guilford counties.

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