Just know that if you abuse tequila it will abuse you back later! One tequila, two tequila , three tequila, floor!
For a tequila to officially be called tequila it must be made from the blue agave plant only. It is native to a small region of Mexico called Jalisco which can be divided into two further sections, the highlands and the lowlands. The plants are grown for 8 to 12 years and then harvested when they are ready. The heart of the plant called the pina is removed for processing and then distillation.
The process of making tequila is one of the most regulated and closely watched of almost all spirits in the world. There are even strict rules for aging.
There are four types of tequila: Blanco (sometimes called Silver), Oro (Gold), Reposado (rested) and Anejo (aged). There is also extra anejo meaning extra aged but this category has only existed since 2006. The blanco is either bottled immediately after distilling or aged no more than two months. Oro is a mixture or blanco and aged tequila. Reposado is aged a minimum of two months but not more than a year in oak barrels. Anejo is aged in oak barrels as well for a minimum of one but not more than three years. If it is aged more than three years then it becomes extra anejo tequila. Most importantly is whether it says %100 agave on the label since if it doesn’t then it is not a pure tequila!
Tequila is the national drink of Mexico and anyone who has been to Mexico knows that there are around 100 different brands of tequila. One of my favorites is Milagro. They let their tequilas age a little longer than the minimum and I find it has a very smooth texture and flavor! But when it comes to tequila it really is up to the individuals own tastes to pick which tequila is right for you. Remember though that once you open a bottle you should drink it within a few months as oxidation and evaporation begin to ruin the agave profile of the tequila. It doesn’t actually go bad but the taste will change. Tequila is traditionally served at room temp straight up. It can be sipped or shot but traditionally it is sipped. Sometimes it is served with Sangrita as a chaser. Sangrita is a sweet, sour and spicy drink made up of orange juice, grenadine (or tomato juice) and hot chiles. A lime may also be used to chase the sangrita.
The Aztecs believed that tequila was a gift from the gods and would sometimes sacrifice human lives to make sure that the plant continued to grow. Thankfully we now know this is not required to produce tequila!
In most establishments margaritas are made with blanco tequila while shots are usually reposado tequila. There are a number of other mixed tequila drinks but we could devote a whole article to that so we will save that for later!
And for you music aficionados don’t forget about The Champs big hit which features only one memorable word “Tequila!” How many other alcohols have their own song? In fact I’ve only hit the highlights when it comes to the world of information about tequila but in this case it really did make you smarter,,,,about tequila at least!