Mezcal is a word that conjures up evocative images of old Mexico. It’s yet another reason why Mexico is unlike any other place. Like the land around it, Mezcal is a world steeped in myth and legend; an experience that connects us to a past realized in smoky wafts of oak and agave.
Describing it is like trying to describe the sound a cello makes to a deaf person. It has a fullness and subtlety that emerges slowly. Mezcal is as close as you can get to experiencing pure Mexico in a glass. It’s a mystical, earthy concoction, with roots deep in native culture. Its genius is in its unique creation, as true Mezcal is produced in small towns, located mostly in the state of Oaxaca.
Whereas Tequila is only produced from one type of agave plant, Mezca can be produced from different varieties. These differences, along with the closely-guarded recipes and secret preparation techniques are the primary reasons Mezcal has wildly varied tastes.
The most important difference from tequila is the smoke. After years of cultivating the agaves, which are grown on the sides of mountains, the pina, or the heart of the plant is buried and smoked over a bed of oak wood for several days. The oak-imparted, blackened heart is then crushed by an old stone wheel pulled by horses and donkeys to extract the precious liquid. The liquid is fermented, then distilled, usually twice, in copper vats, and secret ingredients are added. The Mezcal is then allowed to age in antiquated oak barrels, which provide further flavoring.
The result is nothing less than miraculous. The taste is everything Iron Cactus stands for: distinctiveness, authenticity, a spirit that can only be experienced and never quite explained.
Right now, Iron Cactus is proud to serve Wahaka Mezcal. Made by 5th generation “mezcaleros” from the small town of San Dionisio Ocotepec, in the state of Oxaaca, it’s as real as it gets. Come sip a a precious glass–you will be transported.
IRON CACTUS BRINGS ITS POPULAR TEQUILA TOUR TO DOWNTOWN DALLAS FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 26
Dallas, TX, April 24, 2012 — Iron Cactus, an award-winning Margarita Bar and Mexican Grill is bringing its famous Tequila Tour to its downtown Dallas location on Thursday, April 26, at 6pm. Tickets for the event are priced at $20 if ordered in advance and $25 at the door. Five dollars for every ticket sold will benefit a local Dallas charity.
The Iron Cactus Tequila Tour will feature more than 40 different types of tequila. Each ticket includes 10 tequila tastings and appetizers. There are a limited number of tickets available so it is encouraged to purchase them in advance. Iron Cactus in downtown Dallas is located at 1520 Main St. Interested attendees can call (214) 749-4766 to order their tickets for the Tequila Tour.
“We are proud to bring our successful Tequila Tour to Dallas after many years of holding this annual event at our three Iron Cactus locations in Austin,” said Gary Manley, General Partner at Iron Cactus. “Tequila is fast becoming one of the most popular spirits of choice for many people of drinking age today and this is an opportunity for our guests in Dallas to learn more about premium tequila.”
The Tequila Tour brings together numerous tequila brands including Herradura, Patron, Avion and many others. Guests will have the opportunity to discover several types of tequilas that are best suited for their palates. The annual Tequila Tour in Austin Began in 1998 and is held every September at the Stonelake location in North Austin.
About Iron Cactus Iron Cactus serves award-winning Mexican dishes and Premium hand crafted margaritas. The original restaurant opened on historic 6th Street in downtown Austin in 1996. Since then, Iron Cactus has grown to five locations including restaurants in Dallas and San Antonio, and two additional Austin locations. For the latest restaurant updates, “like” Iron Cactus on Facebook at http://facebook.com/ironcactusfan or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/iron_cactus. More information about Iron Cactus can be found at https://ironcactus.com.
Tequila. Oh, how we love our tequila. Sometimes a bit too much, but with over 100 types to sample in our Agave Room, there’s a lot to love. With that said, it’s best to get to know them a bit first, so here’s a quick guide to the five basic categories of tequila.
Blanco/Plata (white/silver) – Bottled straight after distillation or after sitting in neutral oak or stainless steel barrels for up to two months, this tequila is the most neutrally flavored of the five categories.
Reposado (rested) – After a solid nap in an oak barrel for up to a year, reposado tequilas are not so much “aged” as they are “rested-up and ready for anything.”
Joven (young) – Joven tequilas are the offspring of reposado and blanco tequilas, so they’re literally born for mixing.
Añejo (aged/vintage) – There’s plenty of wisdom to be found in a bottle of añejo. This tequila bides its time in an oak barrel for up to three years, absorbing the worldly flavors of the ancients.
Extra Añejo – The granddaddy of tequilas. Extra añejo tequilas slosh around in oak barrels for at least 3 years, reaching heights of enlightenment that a newborn blanco couldn’t begin to comprehend.
Aged tequilas made with 100 percent agave tend to be mellower and more complex, like a wizened old hippy with a dark past. Younger tequilas like the blanco and joven are often a bit harsher and are best enjoyed mixed into something sweeter.
So there you have it. Each tequila has something to love and is precious and unique in its own way. Stop by the Agave Room sometime and get to know one or a hundred.
With its world-renowned reputation for providing good times, we sometimes forget that tequila has an extremely rich and authentic history.
Just as champagne can only hail from the Champagne region of France, tequila isn’t tequila unless it hails from one of five different Mexican states, thanks to an official decree. Here, a native plant known as the Tequiliana Weber Blue agave flourishes.
It’s hardly surprising that the blue agave is often mistaken for a cactus, given that it is extremely pointy. The blue agave is just one of many types of agave plants, but only the blue agave can provide the flavor of the spirit that eventually becomes tequila.
For countless centuries, the heart of the blue agave plant was fermented by Indians to make a sweet alcoholic brew known as pulque. After the Spanish arrived in the 16th century, they adapted the Indian trick and began brewing their own alcoholic version out of the agave, which makes a form of tequila the oldest surviving spirit of the New World.
The first licensed distillery began around 1600, and the drink continued to evolve over the centuries, until it was commercially exported to the United States in the 1880s.
The plants are carefully harvested over the years by highly trained jimadores. After harvesting, the precious liquid is extracted by crushing the “heart,” or pina of the plant. The liquid is allowed to ferment over several days. Following this, the result is distilled once or twice. The precious liquid then “rests” in smoked whiskey and scotch oak barrels imported from the United States and Europe. The length of time the tequila ages determines its nomenclature. Blanco is almost immediately bottled. The other extreme is Extra Anejo, which must remain at rest for a minimum of three years.
At Iron Cactus, we warmly embrace the lively world of tequila. We alone serve over 100 varieties of this original New World brew at our nationally-ranked Margarita Bar. Come sample from this extensive collection during our Tequila Tour at our North Austin location at 10001 Stonelake Boulevard on Thursday, September 20 beginning at 6pm. Live music and hors d’oeuvres will be enjoyed. You can purchase tickets in advance online and save here. Join us, as we celebrate this ancient brew in our uniquely authentic way.
AUSTIN, TX, September 24, 2013 – Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar debuts its own tequila at its annual Tequila Tour on September 26th at the North Austin location at 10001 Stonelake Blvd. Tequila Tour attendees will have a chance to sample the double barrel reposado created by Herradura specifically for Iron Cactus.
Since opening its first location on the corner of Trinity St. and 6th St. in downtown Austin, Iron Cactus has been on a mission to educate guests on the various qualities and types of tequila available. For 16 consecutive years, it has hosted the Tequila Tour where several new and popular tequila manufacturers come together under one roof to let guests sample a variety of tequilas.
“We’ve always been pioneers in making tequila a drink that people can enjoy on a daily basis much like wine or beer,” said Gary Manley, General Partner at Iron Cactus. “From introducing the first tequila on tap to bringing more than 100 different tequila brands at our restaurants to launching our own tequila brand, we’ve come a long way in growing the popularity of such a versatile beverage.”
Manley and the Iron Cactus team worked closely with Herradura in Guadalajara, Mexico, to ensure that the quality and taste of the Iron Cactus-branded tequila is unique. The Iron Cactus tequila is available at all Iron Cactus locations.
Guests who are interested in attending the Tequila Tour can purchase tickets in advance at the Austin locations of Iron Cactus or by visiting https://ictequilatour2013.eventbrite.com. Tickets are $25 (in advance), $30 (at the door), and includes 10 tequila samples, an Iron Cactus snifter, appetizers, live entertainment and free merchandise from tequila partners.
About Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar
Iron Cactus serves award-winning Mexican dishes and premium hand-crafted margaritas. The original restaurant opened on historic 6th Street in downtown Austin in 1996. Since then, Iron Cactus has grown to five locations including restaurants in Dallas and San Antonio, and two additional Austin locations. For the latest restaurant updates, “like” Iron Cactus on Facebook at https://facebook.com/ironcactusfan or follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/iron_cactus. More information about Iron Cactus can be found at https://ironcactus.com.
You get to meet Mix 94.7 DJ, fashion icon, the stud of afternoon drive-time radio, and (sorry ladies!) newlywed, Jay Styles.
You get Z Tequila Palomas and Z Best Margaritas for $5.oo
Disclaimer: Photo is a depiction. Actual drink may look and taste better in real life
You can cross off meeting the famous Don Pepe Zevada off your bucket list.
You can dress up in your favorite 80’s outfit, dance the Carlton and be part of the Best #ThrowbackThursday Party Ever!
You can buy advance tickets to the 17th Annual Tequila Tour on September 25th at Iron Cactus North Austin! $25 gets you 10 tequila samples, free appetizers, merchandise and an unforgettable night you can tell your future grandkids about.
DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers got a little preseason workout at the Iron Cactus Riverwalk last year. Unfortunately, it didn’t help since the Spurs went on to win the NBA Championship. Anyone say REPEAT?
Several Los Angeles Clippers players were at our San Antonio Riverwalk location. Here’s Center DeAndre Jordan with Iron Cactus team member Rene Gonzales. We think we had something to do with the Clippers success in the NBA playoffs.
Rosario Dawson checks out the Iron Cactus Downtown.
#ironcactus team members pose with the beautiful Rosario Dawson! #SXSW celebrities love the Iron Cactus! View on Instagram
Sofia Vergara sparked a tequila drinking trend at the Golden Globes. Iron Cactus served tequila Sofia Vergara style for a limited time after that.
thanks to @therealsarahhyland for snapping a pic of @sofiavergara drinking #tequila at the #goldenglobes. she started a new trend in drinking tequila. be glam and order your next tequila Sofia Vergara style with five lime wedges. View on Instagram
Miley Cyrus enjoyed a few margaritas at our downtown Dallas location. She didn’t Twerk or swing on a Wrecking Ball.
Manager Roy Figueroa with #Twerk queen @MileyCyrus who enjoyed a lil #IronCactus at our #Dallas location. #Celebs #WreckingBall #Tequila
The 70’s called they want Disco back. We brought back Disco Dancing every Saturday night while Friday nights are Salsa Nights (the Latin Dance not the awesome, delicious, fresh and addictive dip we serve with your tortilla chips, but you can have those too.) at the Iron Cactus North Austin in Stonelake.
“Play that #funky music…” With our bartenders Danny, Andrea and John at North #Austin tonight! View on Instagram
We greeted the New Year with simul-parties at all five locations. Our New Year’s Eve parties are legendary so plan on closing out 2014 with us.
Things are getting hot at #ironcactus simul-parties in #Austin #Dallas #SanAntonio! Share your #rockineve pics with us! Happy New Year! View on Instagram
Pucker Up! We redefined the tradition that happens under a mistletoe.
The #ironcactus mistletoe is up at our downtown #dallas restaurant. Bring your better half tomorrow and snap a photo during the City Lights Holiday Fest. Share it with us by hashtagging #ironcactus for a chance to win a $25 gift card. Pucker up!
We’re celebrating our 20th year hosting the Iron Cactus charity golf tournament. In the past 19 years, we’ve raised close to $500,000 for various charities and causes. With your generosity and participation, we will be able to surpass the half million dollar mark.
Every Friday night starting at 8 p.m. at Iron Cactus North Austin (10001 Stonelake Blvd.), Austin’s most famous Latin Dance instructor, Tony Mogaddam, offers our guests free dance lessons from the sophisticated Tango to the steamy Salsa (and we don’t mean our famous warm-roasted salsa although you can enjoy that too).
To get you going to hit the dance floor every Friday night at Iron Cactus North Austin, Tony put away his dance shoes for the moment and shared with us the benefits of dancing. He would know he’s been doing it for years and have won awards to prove it. If you’d like more information about private or group lessons, visit: http://www.danceu2.com.
Here’s why you should DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! according to Tony:
1 Dancing is a Calorie Blaster.
Dance exercises our bodies to allow for increased circulation. It helps us burn those calories away, while improving our stamina. It is estimated that dance burns anywhere from 5 to 10 calories per minute depending on speed and intensity. For example, swing and mambo (salsa) burn more calories than a slow waltz. Check out approximately how many calories you burn while dancing salsa to your own tune:
Dancer’s weight: Approximate Calories Burned Per Hour:
100 lb………………264 Calories Burned Per Hour
125 lb………………330 Calories Burned Per Hour
150 lb………………396 Calories Burned Per Hour
175 lb………………462 Calories Burned Per Hour
200 lb………………528 Calories Burned Per Hour
If you don’t believe it, just watch the Tay-robics video below:
2. Dancing Is the Fountain of Youth
Dancing is tremendously beneficial in keeping us young. It slows down the aging process immensely. It benefits our heart, cardiovascular system and increases our lung capacity.
Fact: The muscle exertion and breathing rates of dancers performing in one dance competition is equivalent to those of cyclists, swimmers and an Olympic-level 800-meter runner.
3. Dancing Keeps Your Bones Strong (Got Milk?) and Lubricated Joints
Dance aids in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, which is a major concern for women, especially during post-menopause because of the significant drop in estrogen that occurs at this stage. A decrease in our estrogen levels is what stops calcium from being absorbed into our bones. Dance also keeps joints lubricated, which helps prevent arthritis. J-Lo is proof of this.
4. Dancing Improves Your Memory
Dance improves our memory by making us recall steps, routines and dance patterns making it a great mental exercise for our brains. The big benefit is that increasing mental exercise keeps your mind young, quick, alert and open.
Betcha y’all still remember the steps to The Carlton. Don’t deny it! We don’t judge.