SADLY, MAYAHUEL IS NOW CLOSED.

Tequila is one of those spirits I’ve been trying to get into lately. Besides margaritas, when I think of tequila, I think of one too many body shots at a college party.

But I enjoy tasting my liquor rather than trying to get it down as fast as possible. So the idea of a tequila bar is intriguing, as it focuses on actual cocktails and expensive aged tequilas. Mayahuel is owned by the masterminds behind the successful cocktail bar Death & Company, and refers to the goddess of the maguey (agave) plant in Mexican folklore.

This was our final stop on New Year’s Eve (we were presented with complimentary champagne at midnight – champagne at a tequila bar?) and the second drink on my list for the evening.

The Pilot Punch is rated number ten on the entire list and is made up of the interesting combination of tequila blanco, jalape├▒o infused tequila, yellow chartreuse, cucumber, mint, and lime. It’s a refreshing, cooling cocktail with slightly sweet and spicy flavors.

Actually it didn’t have quite as much heat (and therefore not as much balance) as I had hoped but it did have an herbaceous sweetness and was pleasant enough to drink.

Mayahuel is a fun, romantic bar and Mexican restaurant with a massive cocktail list (all showcasing tequila or mezcal). I could work my way through them one by one and really gain a new appreciation for tequila. I’d also gain a new appreciation for the bathroom floor, I’m afraid.

Would Mayahuel’s Pilot Punch make my Top 100 of the year? I give it a 6 out of 10since it was a fairly tasty cocktail, but didn’t pack quite the punch I was hoping it would. I found it not much more than a very creative margarita.

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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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