Is that a bottle of tequila in your pants or are you just happy to see me?

on 30/01/12 at 10:17 am

Booze News

Weapon-shaped liquor bottles popular with collectors.

Taking shots of tequila has taken on new meaning.

Elaborate glass tequila bottles in red, blue and white — shaped like pistols, AK-47s, rifles, machetes and bullets — have been surfacing in the Rio Grande Valley in the past year or so.

The bottles — in sharp contrast to the clean lines and curves and the rich colors of more traditional tequila bottles — have been around for years in Mexico, where they are made.

David Hernandez, founder of the Holiday Wine & Liquor stores in the Rio Grande Valley, said the weapon-shaped bottles appeal primarily to collectors.

“There are a lot of gun aficionados here, and the bottles are basically a collector’s item,” Hernandez said.

His stores carry some of the “weapon” bottles from Destiladora Los Magos of Jalisco. The ones at Hernandez’s store in Harlingen sell for $48.99 to $59.99.

“People always look for novelty items. These have been around for a very, very long time in Mexico and why the distributors didn’t show them to us earlier, I don’t know,” Hernandez said.

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