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A taste for tequila

At Amaranta Cocina Mexicana in Canoga Park, which has 350 types of tequila available, one way the liquor is served is in a flute, with cinnamon-dusted orange slices. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
The beautiful bottles in Amaranta’s collection give an idea of the variety of tequila flavors. But take a deep breath, bartenders: The 350 choices are arranged alphabetically. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
“I try to do personalized tastings with myself or my staff so that people can better understand — and get what they want,” says manager Matthew Dickson at Malo in Silver Lake, where the list runs upward of 170 tequilas (plus 22 types of mezcal). (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
Some bars, such as Pink Taco in Century City with its panuchos (pink tacos) and rowdy Guadalajara-goes-Vegas atmosphere, are capitalizing on tequila’s good-times reputation. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Six-month-old Pink Taco in Century City has more than 100 tequilas. “We just bumped up the tequila list with another 12 last week,” says chief executive Harry Morton. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)