The taste of Mexico in a drink 

Read everything you need to know about tequila

Mexico is not only known for its cuisine and culture but also for its traditional drink: tequila. 

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It is the most representative liquor in Mexico, a beverage belonging to the distillate family, originally from the municipality of Tequila in the state of Jalisco (hence its name). 

Obtained by the distillation of extracts derived from the blue agave plant, its components are cooked and subjected to alcoholic fermentation with yeast. It is considered a drink that gives identity to an entire nation and its name comes from the Nahuatl word “tequitl” (meaning job or trade) and “tlan” (place) which means “place of workers.” 

The Story of Tequila

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There are two versions about the origin of this elixir: one goes back to ancient Mexico when the natives discovered this concoction, the other is the distillation processes that the Spaniards brought to the so-called Nueva Galicia to produce alcoholic beverages. 

Among the tales, there is one that tells; during a thunderstorm, a lightning strike fell on an agave field that caused a fire, subsequently the vapors heated the agave balls causing them to give off a liquid honey with a sweet taste and a pleasant aroma that caught the attention of the natives, who discovered that when fermented, they could drink it and be relaxed while being filled with euphoria. They thought it was a gift from the gods of drunkenness. 

Tequila is classified according to the percentage of sugars from the agave that is used in its elaboration: 

  • 100% agave: the drink is made only from sugars from the agave. 
  • Tequila: its composition is the product of a mixture of two sources of sugars, where at least 51% must be sugars from agave. 

Drink it by itself or combined. 

Today we have the pleasure of enjoying many varieties of tequila, among which are the aged, reposado and white. 

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There are several cocktail options that will allow you to enjoy this drink, from what we Mexicans call “seco” (the tequila laid) accompanied by salt and lemon or the famous “Paloma”, a combination of grapefruit soda with a tequila shot served in a glass. 

The agave  

It is the plant where tequila comes from. There are about 295 different types of agaves and can only be used to produce the drink: The Weber tequilana agave blue variety. With some other types of agaves of other species, mezcal and pulque are made, drinks that are also native and loved by Mexicans. 

A 100% agave tequila that does not go through any chemical process will never give you a hangover. 

With a shot 

A shot is equivalent to 45 milliliters of this drink. Nowadays, the jigger or shot as it is also known, has become one of the most popular ways of drinking tequila. 

Outside of Mexico, it is usual to serve as a short drink or shot, accompanied by a slice of lime or lemon with salt. These accompaniments help compensate for the strong flavor of tequila. 

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¿Is there any specific way of drinking it?

Los mexicanos tenemos nuestras combinaciones perfectas para disfrutarlo, pero hay una forma muy popular de disfrutarlo aún más:

1.- primero debes humedecer la piel de la parte superior del pulgar de la mano.

2.- luego poner un poco de sal en esa misma área para que la sal puede pegarse en tu mano.

3.- Después, mientras sostienes la rodaja de limón con la misma mano, lamerás la sal y beberás el chupito de tequila e inmediatamente después de morder el limón.

4.- Disfrútalo y prepárate para hacer gestos con tu cara mientras reaccionas por el fuerte sabor. Algunas personas prefieren morder el limón antes de beber el tequila. 

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“El caballito” (little horse) 

Es el nombre común para el vaso pequeño en el que se debe beber el tequila. Esto recibió su nombre cuando los rancheros llevaron uno de estos vasos colgantes para servir el destilado que llevaron a la cabalgata. Cuando se les preguntó para qué se usaba este vaso, respondieron: “Por beber el tequila mientras montaba el caballito”. 

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It is a good remedy for the flu since it acts as a pain reliever and throat cauterizer … or so my grandmother used to tell me

“Tequila is considered the gift of Mexico to the world.”

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It is an element that cannot be missed at parties and a drink to toast for pretty much everything because we Mexicans usually toast for absolutely everything.  

 

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