Tequila can stimulate even the most boring of nights. That’s why we sing to the tune of mariachis with sombreros on—until another shot comes up and we dance even on top of the table. Celebrate #NationalTequilaDay the right way with these fun facts and tips:
- Tequila is a town in Jalisco, 37 miles from Guadalajara. But, you can get there on an express train, which takes you straight there while you start tasting.
- This drink -same as happens with wine- is protected and has its own designation of origin that limits its production and quality to the states of Jalisco, Michoacán, Tamaulipas, and Nayarit.
- The only agave that can be used to make real Tequila is the “agave azul” or blue agave.
- The best way to enjoy tequila is just as the song says: “despacito”—slowly. Serve it in a flute-style glass, like a champagne glass. This glass is most similar to the traditional one used by the tequila masters.
- To make tequila, the giant agave “heart” is extracted from the ground, which looks like a peeled pineapple when pruned. Then is transferred to a bodega to be baked in gigantic volcanic rock ovens, fermented, and then it’s juices distilled and packed or taken to oak barrels, and then bottled.
- The agave plant is not like a grape vine that gives fruit every year. It takes between 6-10 years for a plant to grow, then its heart is ready to be removed.
- There are several types of Tequila: blanco, joven, reposado, añejo or extra añejo, depending on how long it’s aged and the type of barrel it has passed through.
- Buy a good quality Tequila that indicates on the bottle it is made from 100% blue agave, and you will have a genuine experience, without consequences the next day - well it depends-.
- You can also cook with Tequila. On my website and in my book, you will be surprised to see sautéed dishes, ceviches, stews, desserts, dressings and sauces made with this popular drink.
And remember, we are what we eat and that we drink. The secret is always in quality and balance. Happy National Tequila Day!