Tequila…From Mexico to the World!


Shot of Tequila (CC photo by im.no.hero courtesy of Flickr)

No one can deny that Tequila is unique and no other drink in the world can be compared with it. It is an amazing product and is the result of the fusion of 2 different cultures. If we talk about the pre-hispanic people that lived in Mexico, they used to drink the fermented juice of the Agave, supposedly for curative purposes. The process of extracting the juice at that time was rudimentary until the Spanish came to Mexico and taught the native people the distillation process, giving birth to the famous Tequila.

There are many types of Agave plants in Mexico, but Tequila is made only from the Blue Agave. Tequila Blanco, Tequila Reposado and Tequila Reserva are the basic styles of this drink. It is worthwhile to mention that this plant requires a period of 8 to 12 years to reach full maturity. So to be able to enjoy a Reserva bottle of tequila we consider that 16 years are needed to produce this style of Tequila.

The process of making Tequila is quite simple. First, they harvest the Agave plants, cut off the sharp leaves and put the core or piña into ovens for cooking. after they cook them, they extract the juice, ferment it and put it through a distillation process, to finally be bottled and stored for ageing.


Tequila Ovens (CC photo by gbauer001 courtesy of Flickr)

There are no rules about how you should drink Tequila, but the most popular way to drink a Tequila shot, is as follows: first you moisten the area between the index finger and the thumb while keeping your palm facing down and your thumb sticking outwards. Mexicans moisten that area by licking it. Now you pour some salt on this area while at the same time you keep a lime slice in the same hand ready to be squeezed. Now you lick the salt on your hand and drink the shot of Tequila, followed by squeezing the lime juice into your mouth. Very simple hah?


Salt, Lime & Tequila (CC photo by ghholt courtesy of Flickr)

By custom, people in Mexico drink Tequila at room temperature and use it to mix a wide variety of drinks, but that will be another story!.

Posted by Magdiel

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