Popular Tequila Tasting Event Returns to El Portal Restaurant

By EDDIE RIVERA, Weekendr Editor
Published on Sep 9, 2022

Let the better times pour! A sorely missed and popular event has returned to Pasadena’s El Portal restaurant.


The restaurant’s now 22nd annual “Tequila Tasting” — which took a three-year siesta during the pandemic — sprang to life again on Thursday as more than a hundred thronged El Portal’s patio to sample tequila blends crafted by more than 30 makers, distributors and producers of the cactus-based beverage.


“This is such a great event, and I am just so happy that so many of our old friends and new friends have returned,” said El Portal owner Abel Ramirez, who circulated among the guests, snagged by every other attendee and friend who wanted a photo or just a chance to say hello again.


“I’m so happy to be here again,” said Sylvia Bermudez of Duarte,  who came with work friends. “It seems like much longer than those three years.”


Ramirez knows a thing or two about tequila.


“Tequilas don’t need to be aged very long but the older ones are smoother. We prefer to drink it straight,” said Ramirez earlier. Most tequilas are served chilled or in a chilled shot glass when they’re not in a margarita.

Ramirez describes the Tequila Tasting as a celebration of tequila and Mexican food. The outdoor event featured music and appetizers. 

El Portal will also host an “El Grito” Mexican Independence Day celebration on Thursday, September 15. The event will feature Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo acting as guest bartender, and pouring his own special Margarita blend, which Ramirez has officially dubbed, “The Alcalde Margarita.”

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