Spicing it up, Mexico style!

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From tacos to tostadas; from chipotle to chorizo – Mexico’s culinary delights are world-renowned as some of the hottest dishes around.

But there’s more to this country than just its food: don’t overlook its much-underrated accompaniment: tequila! Few are as clued-up on the subject as our very own Intrepid Foodie, Thomasina Miers. We caught up with Tommi on all things tequila, and even discovered a pretty unusual way to use it in our cooking!…

“When life gives you lemons, break out the tequila and salt!”

“I love sipping tequila. We have been sold horrendous impersonations of tequila for decades in this country and I know so many people who were poisoned by the stuff when they were young. Proper tequila, made from 100% agave, is a different drink altogether: pure, without the horrendous side effects of cheap alcohol and all of its impurities.

Sangrita, the drink one sips alongside tequila, is made from fresh tomato, lime and orange juice and seasoned with grenadine, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce. I am mad about it.”

But enjoying this fiery beverage doesn’t have to involve Slammers in the sun; Thomasina has a pretty unique way to use tequila in her kitchen: bake it in a cake!

Yes, really. A cake! Using an inspired mix of ingredients including coffee, dark chocolate, almonds and tequila, Tommi explains how to whip up a cake that will impress even the most seasoned of foodies. Have a go at her recipe here.

As curator of Intrepid’s Real Food Adventure – Mexico itinerary, Thomasina Miers is a fountain of culinary knowledge. “Each state, each region has its own specialties; discovering them and falling in love with the different dishes is part of the joy of travelling through Mexico.”

To see Intrepid’s range of Food Adventures worldwide, visit intrepidtravel.com/food.

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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