Don’t know your anejos from your reposados from your mezcals from your blancos? Head over to Rocco’s Tacos for the largest selection of everything agave in the sunshine state, with more than 500 unique bottles of the stuff, plus dozens of new tequila- and mezcal-based cocktails to whet your appetite.
Rocco’s newly hired Global Beverage Director David Ortiz says there’s a tequila for everyone. He should know: Ortiz has been behind the bar for 33 years, and has fashioned himself into a tequila expert. “I’ve been doing this since before tequilas and tacos were sexy,” he says.
Maybe you had a bad tequila experience on a youthful spring break trip and don’t know where to start. (Raises hand). Order the curated Selects and Reserves Flight to sample 3 wildly different types of tequilas in three of the spirit’s major categories, and you’re on your way to being a master of maguey (the plant that all tequilas and mezcals come from).
Don’t like your tequila straight? Celebrate this Cinco with my favorite Rocco’s cocktail: the Frida Rita. It’s a mix of Mi Campo Blanco tequila, Chinola passion fruit Liqueur, fresh lime juice, aqua fava, and fresh mint, served in a glass rimmed with Mexican tajin salt.
No trip to Rocco’s is complete without food (and you’ll need it after a few tequila tastings). Order up their famous house-made guacamole (still prepared tableside, but from behind protective plexiglass shielded carts for your safety). For a main course, give the Birria tacos a try—chili braised beef brisket served in crispy white corn tortillas with pickled red onions, crema, lime, and caldo “broth” for dipping. Add some Chihuahua cheese on top (ask your server). The combo is out of this world.
Finish the night off with something sweet: Charley’s Churros are Mexican style donuts with cinnamon-caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, and a hefty dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Prefer something sour (or maybe you’ve got some more celebrating to do)? Grab a Mayo Margaliter to go. The name doesn’t lie: this one-liter bottle of Rocco’s House Margarita in traditional, mango, or strawberry flavors is a Cinco de Mayo celebration all on its own.