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Escape to Mexico at Casa Borrega, New Orleans

Blue Agave

Step up to the bar – a piece of rescued pew from a Katrina-flooded Canal Street church – and sample from the curated collection of 30 tequilas and 100+ mezcals, Mexican liquors distilled from the Blue Agave. A few of these spiky cacti adorn Casa Borrega’s front garden.

Blue agave with roses in the rain garden

Tequila is made by steaming agave in industrial ovens before being distilled in copper pots. Mezcal is cooked in earthen pits lined with lava rocks and filled with wood and charcoal then distilled in clay pots. Hence the smoky, earthy flavor of mezcal. For more information see:

Del Maguey Vida Mezcal with orange slices

Mezcaleria Borrega

Casa Borrega is one of America’s top 10 Mezcalerias according to The Daily Meal. Best-selling mezcals at the bar include Del Maguey and Union while Fortaleza and Casa Amigos are among the most popular tequilas.

Fortaleza Tequila

Blue Agave Cocktails

Many customers opt for blue agave cocktails, such as the Margarita Borrega, Margarita Du Jour, Mezcal Margarita, spicy Mezcalinda or Diablo, or Borrega Mule. The Margarita Borrega offers a simple, tart and potent mix of tequila, blood orange liquor, fresh lime juice, organic agave nectar and a splash of soda. The Mezcal Margarita follows this recipe with smoky mezcal replacing the tequila. Owner Hugo Montero, a Mexico City native, served as judge for the tequila cocktail competition at the last Top Taco celebration.

Seasonal peach margarita

Mexican Beer and Micheladas

Casa Borrega provides a complete Mexican beer selection that includes favorites and lesser known brands from Corona, Pacifico and Tecate, to Negra Modelo, Superior, Bohemia, Dos Equis and Victoria (from Mexico City). The Michelada combines the beer of your choice with a tangy tomato, lime and spice mixture and salted rim. Delicioso! Occasionally Montero serves the Micheladas in a glass rimmed with Gulf Shrimp.

Shrimp Michelada with Modelo Especial

Refrescos and Virgin Cocktails

Finally, Borrega offers a range of refrescos including Mexican Coke, Topo Chico, various flavors of Jarritos sodas and refreshing Horchata, Jamaica and Tamarindo aguas. Fresh-made limonada is always available at the bar made with lime, agave nectar and soda. And any cocktail can be created in a virgin version.

Virgin Margaritas Borrega

Drink Menu: See Casa Borrega’s complete Tequila, Mezcal, Beer and Cocktail menu here:

We look forward to seeing you!

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