When it comes to local liquors, the Mexican city of Tequila has its eponymous elixir, but the state of Jalisco has raicilla. Made in Vallarta’s outlying villages of El Tuito and San Sebastian del Oeste, it used to be the case that you had to know someone with a bathtub operation to get a taste; recently, however, it’s become legal. Pick up a bottle of El Real raicilla oro ($43) or the longer-aged añeja ($55) at Cork + Bottle in the Romantic Zone.
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Published on Jan 27, 2012 as a web exclusive.