Mark off the 24th of July 2017 on your calendar! Make sure you have the lime and salt ready. Why? It’s Tequila Day of course!
How is tequila made?
Tequila is made from the blue agave plant, and is originally named after the small town of Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico. Before being named tequila, the spirit was called mezcal wine during the reign of the conquistadors who came to the continent.
Many labels you see in the tequila business were the very first tequila commercial producers globally. The first license for producing tequila was held by none other than Jose’Antonio Cuervo. The plant which is used to produce tequila, Agave, grows in many varieties.
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There’s blue agave, which grows in the Mexican highlands. This type of agave is larger in size and sweeter. Agave grown in the lowlands is more fragrant and flavoursome by comparison. Mexican law states tequila must be produced within Jalisco and limited regions in Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. If the spirit is produced elsewhere, it cannot be labelled as tequila, in a similar way to Champagne.
There are many tequila cocktails to enjoy like the margarita, tequila sunrise and mojito. However, a good quality tequila can be enjoyed much like a good whiskey. We are seeing tequila having a renaissance and being appreciated by much older drinkers.
Our suggested choices for tequila:
So, now’s the time to get your tequila stash ready with Norman Goodfellows! Check out if there are any events celebrating Tequila Day as well. If you’re looking for some tequila cocktail ideas, take a look at this blog post we wrote. Remember to use the #TequilaDay hashtag when celebrating!