Although Justin and I spent a LOT of our time at Capella Ixtapa simply relaxing, eating, and enjoying our patio/infinity pool, we did take the time to schedule a few activities. We had planned on 3 (a sunset cruise, horseback riding, and a tequila tasting), but only were able to do 2 in the end. Our horseback riding excursion was cancelled at the last minute. I was sad, but hey…what can you do? We decided to make an effort to book a horseback riding excursion locally instead (and we just did this week! Hopefully we’ll be going soon).
Anyway, on one of our first nights in Ixtapa, we went on a sunset catamaran cruise. It was lovely; a few hours on the big boat with an open bar and lovely views…
Apparently my husband wasn’t telling me he was snapping photos at this point. I don’t know why I look so unhappy. Oh wait – it might have been due to the bumpy van ride to the dock. Maybe. I got over it though.
Justin enjoyed the open bar.
We even passed our hotel on the trip: neat!
Overall, the catamaran cruise was definitely worth the money to book; it was nice to get out on the water (seeing as we didn’t actually swim in the ocean or anything during our stay)!
Next up: our tequila tasting! Capella Ixtapa offers private/semi-private tequila tastings with their sommelier. I admit: before this experience we really didn’t know much about tequila, so Justin and I thought it would be a fun (and informative) experience!
We sampled 10 different tequilas during our tasting: a variety of blanco, reposado, and anejo tequilas.
Did you know that tequila can only be produced in the Mexican state of Jalisco (and a few small regions in other states)? If something similar is produced outside of those regions, it is labeled as “Mezcal” and it is not technically tequila! Also – you want to buy a tequila that is 100% blue agave. If it is not labeled as such, that means that there are other sugars added other than the agave!
I found it very interesting that the tequila tasting process was very similar to a wine tasting: we even used stemmed glasses!
We learned the proper way to taste tequila (sip, swish it around in your mouth a few times, swallow, then breathe out your nose as you swallow)…apparently it isn’t meant to be taken at once as a shot…spring break anyone? The anejo tequilas reminded me a lot of whiskey (and the process to create them is actually somewhat similar).
The sommelier did a great job of selecting tequilas for us to taste that are available to purchase in the United States. Many tequilas are not exported, and he wanted to make sure we tasted/liked something that we could then find at home. I know that when we need a new bottle of tequila in our home, I’ll be looking for a completely different brand than we previously purchased!
All in all, although our excursions/activities weren’t numerous, they were very fun! If you ever find yourself at Capella Ixtapa, I highly suggest that you sign up for both of these!
Have you ever gone to a tequila tasting? Did you learn anything interesting about tequila?