July 24th is National Tequila Day, so grab a lime and the salt to celebrate!
National Tequila day is a day dedicated to celebrating the amazing spirit and comes up on July 24th every year.
Tequila is made from the blue agave plants and has a rich history almost as wonderful as it tastes. Named after the small town of Tequila in a valley west of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico the spirit was known as mezcal wine about the time the conquistadors came to the continent.
Made from the blue agave plant, tequila has a deep and storied history. Named after the small town of Tequila in a valley west of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico, the spirit was known as mezcal wine about the time the conquistadors came to the American continent.
Many names on labels today were the very first commercial producers of tequila. Jose Antonio Cuervo held the first license for manufacturing tequila, courtesy of the King of Spain. He was friends with Don Cenobio Sauza and Félix López, also producers of tequila, whose businesses continue in some form today.
Agave (the plant that tequila is made from) grows in a variety of forms. Blue agave is grown in the highlands region, and is larger in size and sweeter in aroma and taste. Agave grown in the lowland regions have a more herbaceous fragrance and flavour. Like similar legislation for bourbon and cognac, Mexican law states tequila is only tequila if it is produced within Jalisco and limited regions in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. If the same ingredients are distilled anywhere else, it’s not tequila. So if it is produced anywhere else, it’s not tequila.
While most people enjoy tequila cocktails such as the margarita , tequila sunrise and mojito, a good tequila can be savoured like a good whiskey. Tequila is a great drink and can be enjoyed in so many different ways, so make sure you have at least a shot of tequila to celebrate!
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