When it’s sunny outside and the heat is on, nothing satisfies thirst like the icy, citrusy kick of a margarita. Because it’s a drink based on tequila, we wanted to rethink this familiar spirit. Derived from the Blue Agave plant native to Mexico, tequila has every bit of nuance as a fine wine or single–malt scotch. And throwing a margarita party is a great way to acquaint yourself and guests with a variety of premium tequilas. A bottle of tequila goes far, making it an affordable way to entertain, especially when you consider the natural accompaniments like chips, salsa, guacamole and ceviché. You’ll be surprised by all the characteristics of tequila there are to talk about — appearance, aroma, color, taste and finish — and you’ll come away from the event with a deeper appreciation for an alcohol that deserves to be savored. Once guests have spent some time tasting tequilas, offer to start mixing up margaritas. No matter what tequila they choose for their margarita, combined with the sweet and piquant citrus mix of lime juice and salt, this icy libation is a cool foil for the warmth of the day — and the tequila.