“Next stop, Tequila!” Not only does that mean a Margarita is on its way to you, but you’re also almost to the town of Tequila, Mexico. Boozy trains are taking over as everyone’s favorite method of transportation, and Mexico isn’t missing out.
The Jose Cuervo Express is the best way to visit the brand’s distillery: You’ll enjoy sweeping views of the Jalisco countryside, and plenty of tequila. Since 2012, the train has departed every Saturday from Guadalajara, meandering for two hours past fields of agave as it makes its way toward the famed La Rojeña distillery. That’s plenty of time to take advantage of the tequila cocktail program and plush accommodations. Once you arrive at the distillery, all of the cabins join in a tour of the facility, enjoy tequila tastings, take in mariachi performances and wander the town of Tequila.
The budget friendly Express Wagon (1,900 pesos, or about $100) is a heck of a lot nicer than Amtrak, with custom Cuervo cocktails and light bar snacks. The Premium cabin (2,100 pesos, or about $110) is the next step up, offering table seating and waiter service so that you can enjoy a longer list of tequila cocktails alongside tortas, tacos and empanadas. But it’s the Premium Plus experience (2,300 pesos, or about $120) that you should really consider springing for, with several cars featuring different amenities. One of the luxury cars is laid out like a retro bar lounge, with a private bar serving premium beverages.
The Jose Cuervo Express is not the only tequila distillery to set up luxury transportation. Herradura recently set up its own rail service, the Tequila Herradura Express.
Herradura’s train similarly offers three tiers of boozy voyages, from the Premium Car (1,600 pesos, or about $85) where guests enjoy a family friendly environment with breakfast and beverages, to the 21-and-over Club Car (2,500 pesos, or about $132) where drinks come with live entertainment and lounge seating, to the First Class Car (2,300 pesos, or $121) where guests are swaddled in comfy leather seating and treated to cocktails.
With Mexican distilleries upgrading their rail systems with serious cocktail programs and our neighbor to the north offering a liquored up train across the Canadian provinces, we think it’s time we update the American train system with a few boozy trains of our own. We’re talking bourbon tastings along the Bourbon Trail, new New York subway lines to every Brooklyn distillery, orchard-splitting lines to Applejack distilleries, and a transcontinental railroad connecting every drinker and drink-maker in the country. For now we’ll just have to make do riding these tequila expresses again and again, like we’re commuting to work in Margaritaville.