They call it Happy Hour for a reason, Amigos. Cause it makes you happy! Having a drink to wind down after your workday with a friend, significant other, or even just solo is a great way to decompress, treat yo self, and enjoy what would otherwise be an ordinary, humdrum cook-clean-sleep weeknight.
Chattanooga happy hour at Amigo is a great time to try a new drink, because if it’s not your jam, you’re not out the full price! But it’s also okay to stick to your faves, and be predictably you. Whatever makes you happiest. Regardless, we think your go-to beverage is a tell tale when it comes to personality type, so here are our thoughts on what your happy hour drink says about you...
Marg drinkers are: Risk Takers, High Energy, Wild
If you’re a tequila drinker, you’re also probably the life of the party. You’re here to have a great time, and the people around you will likely have a great time too based on proximity alone. A little salt, a little lime, and a lot of tequila, the world is your oyster, and you’re not afraid to make each day one to remember (or one to forget if circumstances and marg count warrant such). If there’s a dance floor, you’ll certainly be on it, and you’re not worried about what anyone thinks either.
Paloma drinkers are: Fun, Social, Ready for Anything
You’re a night owl, and there isn’t a party invite you’ll ever decline. You love socializing, meeting new people, and making new friends along the way. If there’s music playing, you’re dancing, and your magnetic energy is likely drawing others out of their shells while you're at it. You treat each day like a vacation, because you know it’s all about state of mind.
Shot + Beer drinkers are: Laid Back, Traditional, Efficient
You’re likely sitting at the bar either alone or with one other close friend, and you may have even brought a book with you too. You enjoy newspaper crossword puzzles which you confidently complete in pen, live bands, dive bars, and keepin’ it simple. You know in your heart of hearts that nothing gets the job done quite like the classic Boilermaker– a shot and a beer.
Old Fashioned drinkers are: Traditional, Sophisticated, Independent
You are a little fancy, but not in a pretentious way. You may don jeans and a button down, but if so, that shirt is probably at least a little crisp. You’re the type who is both fashionably late to the party and one of the first to dip ‘cause you came, you saw, and then you wanted to go home and sit fireside with a great book, your dog curled up at your feet.
Wine Drinkers are: Traditional, Adventurous, Self Aware
Wine is your go-to bev of choice for many reasons, one being because it’s the easiest drink to refill. (Keep em comin!) You’re a conversationalist at heart, like to keep things low key, and you’re self assured in a way that people enjoy rather than finding themselves turned off by. You work hard, and you relax hard too as soon as that clock strikes 5.
Mocktail drinkers are: Responsible, Social, Creative
You’re the mom of your friend group, and always planning ahead, being practical, and still managing to enjoy your outings regardless of that hefty sense of responsibility. Your friends both fully trust you and completely enjoy the energy you add to a gathering, even when you’re keeping things completely virgin.
No matter what your drink of choice is, we hope you’ll come enjoy one or two at Amigo after work one day soon during happy hour. Bring a friend. Invite your coworkers. Have a fun date night. Come alone. We’d love to serve you up a cold one of your choice while we ponder what your happy hour drink tells us about you, because as it appears, Chattanooga happy hour is just one of many ways you can bare your soul!
A staple at our Chattanooga Happy Hour – or any Mexican bar or restaurant, really -- is some variation of cocktail with Tequila as the main ingredient (margarita, Bloody Mary, Tequila Sunrise, etc.). We celebrate this great spirit as we near National Tequila Day on July 24th.
Another choice gaining ground in America bars and restaurants, perhaps confused with Tequila, is Mezcal.
Both drinks are made from the harvested core of the agave plant, otherwise known as the “piña”, but the two spirits are characterized by more differences than similarities. Think of it the same way in which bourbon and scotch share the category as whiskey, yet you may love one and hate the other because of variations in taste.
Geography also matters. Just as Bourbon is a whiskey associated with Kentucky (where 95 percent of it is made) and Scotch whiskey was originally made in Scotland, tequila and mezcal come from different regions of Mexico. There’s a town in Jalisco named Tequila. Spirits Writer John McEvoy explained to Food & Wine magazine that tequila is mass produced in 5 places, while mezcal is a product made in nine parts of the country.
Another spirits writer, Chris Tunstall, said the most common agave used for mezcal are tobalá, tobaziche, tepeztate, arroqueño and espadín.
The differences don’t stop there. The two drinks are distilled differently.
Industrial ovens steam the agave before distillation in copper pots to create tequila. Lava rock pits dug into the ground and filled with wood and charcoal typically cook the agave to create mezcal with distilling in clay pots to produce a characteristic smokiness.
After distillation, both drinks end up in oak barrels for varying periods of aging, the labels as different varieties based on the length of aging. Tequila, for example, comes in three varieties: blanco (silver or plato/0-2 months), reposado (2-12 months) and anejo (1-3 years). Mezcal is also grouped as joven (blanco or abacado/0-2 months), reposado (2-12 months) and anejo (at least one year).
We don’t expect anyone to come up to the bar and order an “abacado mezcal”, but hey, at least you can now that you know what it is and say it if you want to impress your date.
Fun fact: The term mezcal used to refer to any spirit distilled from fermented agave, but then the government got involved and changed the phrase from a category of spirits to something more specific.
“Tequila was originally called vino de mezcal de tequila — or the wine of the mezcal from the community of Tequila (in Jalisco),” explained Lou Bank of SACRED Agave, a nonprofit that promotes the rural Mexican communities where mezcal is made. The word mezcal comes from the Nahuatl words metl and ixcalli, which taken together mean "oven cooked agave."
Another fun fact about Mezcal: Some producers avoid the variation of the word spelled “mescal” to avoid being mistaken for some derivative of mescaline.
Some of the more commonly available brands of mezcal available in the US include Del Maguey Chichicapa, El Jolgorio Tepeztate, Rey Campero Tepextate, Ilegal Mezcal Reposado, Mezcal Vago Olla De Barro Tobala, Montelobos Mezcal Joven.
If you’re now torn between ordering tequila or mezcal in your margarita, we suggesting ordering one of both. Then more. You know, to be sure you can tell a difference!
Besides, who’s counting when you can get 2 for 1 Margaritas during happy hour in Chattanooga? Call your favorite Amigos location for specific times & prices.
Holidays are all about spreading cheer, right? What better way than with our creamy, zesty, and citrusy guac! With over 25 crowd-pleasing entrées featuring our fresh, finger-licking guacamole, here are 7 Amigo Mexican Restaurant top-guac sellers you need to order.
And speaking of guacamole… don’t forget to sign up for our "Guac Around The Christmas Tree" Contest. Enter now for your chance to win a Holiday Mexican Fiesta for 2 that includes chips and salsa, 2 entrees, 2 non-alcoholic beverages, 1 dessert, and guacamole, of course! To enter, click here. Good luck, amigos and Happy Holidays!