Are you a tequila enthusiast? And you’re visiting Los Cabos? Perfect combination. This post will tell you all you need to know about tequila tasting in Cabo San Lucas. Read on!
Tequila is considered Mexico’s national drink, so it’s not a surprise that you want to go hunting for the most delicious tequila in Los Cabos.
While no tequila is produced in the peninsula, you’ll be spoilt for choices of tequila tastings (and mezcal, why not?) and options to buy your favorite bottles in Cabo San Lucas, the popular town in Baja California.
Tequila tasting is offered in many restaurants and bars, but there are also fabulous tours that allow you to explore the area and, on top of that, discover the white/golden drink that’s made a name for itself all over the world.
Check out how you can enjoy a memorable tequila tasting in Cabo San Lucas!
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An Introduction to Tequila
Tequila is actually the name of a town in Jalisco, Mexico, and it’s where the tequila drink was born. To this day, the town is mainly known for the production of the spirit, whose base ingredient is the blue agave plants that grow in the area.
While Jalisco is the main state to produce it – and where over 80% of agave plants are! – there are other four authorized states in the country: Michoacan, Tamaulipas, Guanajuato, and Nayarit.
Once matured, the agave plant is cut and taken into the distilleries, where it’s processed, fermented, and distilled (among various other steps) to become the world-renowned drink Mexico is so proud of.
There are not only one but three different types of tequila, categorized based on their aging. Blanco is the youngest tequila, usually aged for less than 2 months, followed by Reposado, which sits in oak barrels for up to a year, and Añejo, aged at least for a year.
There are also two other variations: Tequila Joven, which mixes aged and young tequila, and Extra Añejo, aged for around three years.
Tequila is widely consumed all over Mexico, and you’ll find multiple ways to taste the drink while in Cabo. Tastings are actually the best way to get to try different varieties, learn about them, and discover your favorite kind, so I highly recommend the experience.
9 Options for Tequila Tasting in Cabo San Lucas
Book a Private (and Affordable!) Cabo San Lucas Tequila Tasting
If you want to truly delve into the world of tequila, get all your drink-related questions answered, and enjoy a personalized experience, you might want to consider booking a Private Tequila Tasting.
This incredibly affordable workshop allows you and your group of friends to enjoy an intimate tasting of six handmade varieties of tequila, and three different types of mezcal. You’ll get snacks with your drinks – from agave heart to cheese and chocolate – and get to learn all there’s to know about the spirits.
It’s one of the best tequila tours in Cabo San Lucas for groups of travelers.
This private tequila tasting in Cabo includes: Nine tastings, snacks, and a private tasting session. ➥ BOOK IT HERE
Eat + Taste Tequila at Pancho’s Restaurant & Tequila Bar
Another great option to enjoy tequila tasting in Los Cabos is heading to Pancho’s Restaurant & Tequila Bar. This fantastic – and very traditional – eatery is incredibly popular for the delicious food it serves, but also for the wide variety of tequila on offer.
Pancho’s also has tequila tasting experiences that include 4 types of tequila – Blanco, Reposado, Añejo, and Extra Añejo – and one mezcal. The tasting takes around 45 minutes, and a Tequila Expert will be by your side at all times, explaining the differences in each tequila, telling you about its production, and answering your questions.
This tequila restaurant in Cabo allows you to pair your spirit tastings with dinner. The menu boasts many delicious local specialties, from the starters (Guacamole, Ceviche, Queso Nevado) to grilled meats, tacos, enchiladas, and tamales.
You’ll also find seafood dishes and meal combos, although not many vegetarian options.
If you already know your favorite tequila and just want to enjoy a few shots before or after your meal, you can get pretty much any brand and type at the bar, which is hands down the best tequila restaurant in Cabo San Lucas.
Address: Miguel Hidalgo Sur & Emiliano Zapata
Opening Hours: Daily from 3.30 PM to 10.30 PM
Visit San Jose del Cabo and Taste Tequila
As you probably already know, Los Cabos offers way more than the opportunity to taste tequila. To make the most of your time and enjoy the area to the fullest, you can combine your tequila tasting with a visit to the beautiful attractions of San Jose del Cabo and a tour around Cabo San Lucas.
This Day Tour with Tequila and Chocolate Tasting allows you to do all of that in a single day. You’ll take a boat trip around Cabo San Lucas Bay, and check out some attractions in town including viewpoints, a Glass Blowing Factory, and the estuary.
You’ll also head to San Jose del Cabo for a walking tour around its historical center, and delicious chocolate and tequila tastings.
This Cabo San Lucas tequila tour also includes: All transfers and insurance. ➥ BOOK IT HERE
Go on a Dinner Cruise with Tequila Tasting
You can get the tequila experience to a whole new (and way fancier) level by going on a Dinner Cruise Tour in Cabo San Lucas. The tour actually lasts most of the day, with visits to many Cabo San Lucas attractions and landmarks.
You’ll also indulge in a tequila tasting to learn about the national drink, and board a cruise at sunset to enjoy the natural highlights of Los Cabos. The trip includes sailing past The Arch and Pelicano Rock, and savoring a delicious dinner aboard with all the drinks you can manage from the open bar.
This tour also includes: Live entertainment and hotel pick-up and drop-off. ➥ BOOK IT HERE
Buy All the Tequila at Tequila Town
Tequila Town is a store with one of the largest selections of tequila in all of Los Cabos. It is the place to buy your favorite bottles of tequila to take back home, from their very own brand (and all types, from Blanco to Extra Añejo) to the most popular Mexican tequila labels and some other low-key gems. The best tequila in Cabo San Lucas is undoubtedly here.
Besides being a shop, though, Tequila Town also offers tequila tastings, so you could be introduced to the spirit world and make your shopping in one single stop.
The people running the store are very knowledgeable, and you’ll be able to learn everything from how the climate affects the blue agave plant (and flavor), to how tequila is aged, what that means for the drink, and how to recognize high quality. You’ll also discover which is the best tequila to buy in Cabo San Lucas, and definitely find it here.
If you’re not an experienced tequila drinker, or still not a fan, you can count on them to help you find the type of drink that will make you warm up to the spirit.
You’ll find a great selection of mezcal, Mexico’s second-popular drink which also comes from agave plants, at the shop as well.
Address: Paseo de la Marina 5, Cabo San Lucas
Opening Hours: Daily from 10 AM to 10 PM
Go on a Snorkeling Tour with a Twist
Tequila can be present every step of the way on your Los Cabos vacation, including while you go snorkeling. It’s such an important part of Mexico’s culture, that many tours and activities in Baja California Sur involve tastings of their famous spirit.
So, give snorkeling a twist with this Shopping, Snorkel, and Tequila Tour in Cabo San Lucas. The experience takes 6 hours, and starts with a shopping tour of Los Cabos, in which you’ll be driven to the best stores and shops where you’ll get to splurge a little bit and buy all your souvenirs.
You’ll also enjoy a fantastic tequila tasting in town, learning about the drink and figuring out your favorite type. After you’ve shopped and are a little tipsy, it will be time to sail and discover the best snorkeling spots in Los Cabos.
There will be an onboard buffet lunch and domestic open bar which I’m sure you’ll appreciate after your underwater adventures.
This tour also includes: Hotel pick-up and drop-off and live entertainment. ➥ BOOK IT HERE
Sunset Cruise, Tequila Tasting & Tacos
If you’d rather enjoy a fancier experience, I’d suggest this Cabo San Lucas Tequila Tasting Tour. It starts with a sunset cruise, open bar included!
You’ll sail for two hours past amazing natural attractions in Los Cabos while sipping your drink and enjoying the sunset from the water. You’ll then head into town for a fantastic tequila tasting. Your guide will explain all about the drink’s history and production, and you’ll finish the day with delicious tacos for dinner.
This tour also includes: Hotel roundtrip transportation and snacks. ➥ BOOK IT HERE
Tequila and Ceviche Bar Program at Las Ventanas
Las Ventanas is a spectacular, luxury resort in Cabo San Lucas that offers a Tequila and Ceviche experience worth checking out.
Their bar specializes in fresh ceviche with a great variety of seafood, paired with all sorts of tequila brands and types. The Tequila Masters will help you determine which is your kind of tequila when you take part in a blind tequila tasting.
You’ll get to sample the drink and learn about the different drinks you taste until you become an expert in your favorite tequila.
You’ll then get to enjoy fabulous tequila-based drinks or shots with ceviche in a gorgeous setting.
Address: Km. 19.5 Carretera Transpeninsular
Bar Opening Hours: Daily from noon until 10 PM. The Ceviche selections finish at 9 PM
ATV Desert Adventure + Tequila
Another exceptional combo is the ATV, Tequila & Eco-Farm Adventure. This half-day Cabo Tequila Tour is full of adrenaline, as it starts with an all-terrain vehicle excursion through off-road trails, mud roads, and canyons.
Afterward, you’ll visit an ecological farm where you’ll indulge in a traditional lunch, and of course, enjoy a fantastic tequila tasting.
The tour group is limited to 12 people, ensuring you have a personalized experience, and it departs several times a day. This allows you to choose the time that’s most convenient to your schedule.
The ATV experience also allows you to either drive solo or with someone else, making it ideal for families or travelers with no experience or adequate age to ATV.
This ATV + tequila tasting tour in Cabo also includes: Transportation. ➥ BOOK IT HERE
Tequila Tasting in Cabo FAQ
Tequila tasting in Cabo costs around $35.
Tequila is only produced in five states in Mexico, and Cabo San Lucas is not one of them. However, you can join some fantastic tequila tasting experiences in Cabo to try the drink!
During a tequila tasting you’ll be presented with different types of the spirit, which you’ll get to sample as a tequila expert explains to you their differences, the reasons why their taste varies, and provide insights into the tequila production and history.
In our opinion, the ultimate Cabo tequila tasting tour is this Private Tequila Tasting, which is very affordable and offers a personalized experience.