Tequila Cocktails Come Out With the Sun; New Wine Bar in South Slope

Astoria: Vine Wine, at 12-09 Jackson Avenue, is having a Kosher-wine tasting on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. [Joey in Astoria]
East Village: Artichoke opens at 3:30 p.m. today. Hopefully, the cousins are getting closer to finding an apartment. [Eater]
Midtown East: After a long, sunny day spent indoors, “you deserve a treat, a salty, sour, and sweet treat that comes in a glass as big as your head and can knock you on your ass.” Zarela, on Second Avenue, might make the best margarita, according to this roundup, but there are eight other spots here where you can take that cute “co-worker who just so happens to love tequila.” [Gridskipper]
Park Slope: A wine bar will open on Seventh Avenue to replace short-lived coffee shop Café Eleven. [Brooklyn Paper]
West Village: April Bloomfield admits that people might think her using condensed milk at the Spotted Pig is “kind of hokey…until you boil it for four hours, and then it becomes sex in a tin!” [Diner’s Journal/NYT]
Mi Cocina has transformed its front dining room into a tequila bar with 80 brands of the spirit and specialty cocktails like the Besame Mucho, which combines tequila with the Mexican fertility flower damiana, and the less-dangerous Que Curvas, a simple mix of tequila, mango, and lime. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch]