Tequila is a distilled beverage made in Mexico from the blue agave plant. It is most commonly consumed as a shot, but can also be enjoyed in cocktails.
History of Tequila
The history of tequila dates back to the 16th century, when the Aztecs first began distilling the drink. It was originally made from the hearts of the agave plant, which were fermented and then distilled.
Tequila became popular in the Mexican state of Jalisco in the 18th century. Today, most Tequilas come from the state of Jalisco, where the actual town of Tequila, Mexico resides. In order for a spirit to be called “Tequila” it must be made in one of the five authorized states in Mexico: Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit, or Tamaulipas.
How it's Made
The blue agave plant must fully mature 8 – 12 years before it is ready for tequila production. The sharp outer leaves of the mature plant are removed revealing the piña which is roasted or steamed and mashed into a mosto. This mosto is then fermented with yeast that pulls away the sugars, then heated to a specific temperature and cooled rapidly. The result - Tequila!
There are two types of tequila: blanco (white) and reposado (aged). Blanco tequila is clear and has a sharp, intense flavor. Reposado tequila is aged in oak barrels for a minimum of two months, which gives it a smoother, more mellow flavor.
How to Celebrate Tequila Day
If you are an appropriate age (21 or older in most countries), then go out and get a bottle or get a drink with tequila.
The most common way to drink tequila is as a shot, with lime and salt. However, there are many other delicious ways to enjoy this spirit. Try it in a margarita, a paloma, or a tequila sunrise.
Whether you like to drink it neat or in a cocktail, make sure to celebrate Tequila Day with friends and enjoy!
Share your experience on your social media and shout out "Tequila Day!"