The weather outside can be frightful. While a fire sounds delightful, warm breezes, some quality tequila and a refreshing cocktail sound even better, right? For those of us who can’t escape to warmer climes, there are many terrific tequilas available in our hemisphere and plenty of delicious ways to play with them to create a temporary escape from the chill.

Sadly, there is a view of tequila as some rough party spirit that requires heavy concealment with syrupy fruit mixers and blenders with lots of crushed ice. Oh no, mis amigos! This is an elixir that can be sipped and savored like a good whiskey. Quality tequila is made with care and respect for the earth and the elements and is steeped in tradition.