Tequila For Breakfast: The Ultimate Morning Itinerary For The Spirited Traveler In Mexico

Set the alarm while south of the border….

Rise and shine tequils lovers!

 We’ve all heard of a Tequila Sunrise–the fun umbrella-dressed drink kissed by grenadine and fueled by tequila –but do you know of these secret sunrise stories, which originate in the city of Tequila in Mexico?  For those in search of new ways to awaken your appreciation of the distilled liquor, we rounded up three experiences travelers to Tequila can plan for a refreshed understanding for the beverage and its namesake city, all before noon.

6 a.m. Pajaretes in Tequila 

Tequila is Mexico’s national drink – and that’s not just in the afternoon. Since the early years of the beverage, Jalisco’s agricultural workers and laborers have used it to wake up in the morning and spice up their days by enjoying a pajarete. The drink is made from fresh milk, chocolate, sugar, and alcohol, and can only be enjoyed freshly milked from the cow or goat, and on a farm equipped to serve the traditional drink. Perhaps one of the least known and hidden traditions, the experience can be safely enjoyed when using quality high-octane alcohol, such as tequila. Today, it’s an activity which both families enjoy to share years-old traditions, as well as something late-night party revelers do to top off a long night of festivities.

9 a.m. All Aboard The Jose Cuervo Express Train

The Jose Cuervo Express—known as the Tequila Train—which makes two trips every Saturday between Guadalajara and Tequila starts serving up history as soon as guests arrive aboard, as well as actual tequila cocktails as early as 9 a.m. While not the Tequila Sunrise of yesteryear, these early morning beverages are light and refreshing, made with freshly squeezed citrus juices and bubbly sparkling water.  Over the two-hour journey, guests can enjoy unlimited drinks – but most will be content exploring the specially crafted cocktails, a three-glass educational tasting guided by a tequila rxpert with Reserva de la Familia tequila: Platinum, Reposado and Extra Añejo, as well as cocktails from the premium bar on board the train featuring Tequila Maestro Tequilero, Centenario, 1800, Reserva de la Familia, rum, vodka and whiskey. And yes! Everything is accompanied by delicious botanas, snacks and savory bites.

Tickets start at $150. Reservations can be made HERE.

11 a.m. Chilaquiles Brunch At La Antigua Casona 

Chef Eduardo Marín at La Antigua Casona knows well what tastes tantalize guests at any hour of the day, but if you’re lucky enough to enjoy his morning chilaquiles–with their rich, crispy, smokey and creamy goodness–then you’ve found the most excellent way to start your day. A traditional Mexican dish dating back centuries to the early Aztecs, chilaquiles is made with corn tortillas mixed with red salsa topped with shredded or pulled meat, eggs, cheese, and onions. While the ingredients may seem simple, there’s a world of aged ground chile flavor and years of experience preparing this apparently simple dish packed into each bite. And, of course, chilaquiles can best be enjoyed with a delightfully refreshing Tequila Paloma, made with pink grapefruit and lime juice, to balance out the morning flavor fest.

Where To Stay

Tequila is a municipality in Jalisco, Mexico, located in the north-central region, abut 40 miles from the city of Guadalajara. The Hotel Solar de las Animas is located in the heart of the town of Tequila, right at the foot of the Volcano and next to the church of “Santiago Apostol” which will gives guests the opportunity to enjoy all the attractions, tours and experiences that are lived every day in a magical town.    

The hotel offers 93 rooms with typical Mexican architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries, its design is based on a Creole viceregal house in which each guest will enjoy an authentic and personalized experience, where comfort and the latest in new technologies merge with the context of a town with more than 490 years of history and traditions.  

Hotel Solar de las Animas offers Double Rooms from $195 per night and Superior Doubles from $220 per night.

Book reservations HERE and for more travel info on Tequila, visit mundocuervo.com.