Tears of Joy Tequila Lime Hot Sauce
The hot sauce shop Tears of Joy originally opened as a tamale restaurant in '93, before converting into a storefront after their sauces eclipsed the tamales in popularity. Now, they crank out a slew of fiery liquids, ranging from the habanero August in Austin to specialty batches for local musicians like metalheads The Sword. Their matriarch recommended her own specialty: a sweet tequila-lime hot sauce that won't destroy your taste buds, though, if you run out, it'll certainly break your heart.
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