On Sunday, July 24, the United States celebrates National Tequila Day. You can’t blame anyone for wanting to take one or two bracing shots after the year we’ve had so far (responsibly, of course).
Here are six interesting tequila-related facts you probably didn’t know in honour of the holiday.
It’s from a plant (which means it’s healthy, right?)
Do not be alarmed, gluten-free people! You’re totally fine to consume tequila. The blue agave plant’s juice, known as pia because of its core’s resemblance to a pineapple, is fermented to create tequila.
After being picked, the pia is sent to a distillery where it is roasted to release its juices, which are then fermented, distilled, and aged before being packaged.
Tequila is a type of mezcal, but not all mezcal is tequila
Okay, let’s simplify it because it’s a little confusing. Agave is used to make both mezcal and tequila, although tequila can only be produced from the blue agave plant. Mezcal can be produced using more than 30 different agave varietals, according to Food & Wine. The flavour characteristics may alter slightly, with mezcal having a smokier flavour.
Tequila must be made in a specific area of Mexico
You are aware of the requirements for making Champagne in the Champagne region of France? Here, it’s a similar situation. Tequila must be produced in the state of Jalisco or one of its adjacent states in order to bear the name. But Jalisco is where most tequila is produced.
Tequila was created in, where else, Tequila.
The city is in Jalisco, yeah. It is the origin of the well-known beverage; before it became a commonplace, native Mexicans would ferment the blue agave juice there. The village, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006, still has many distilleries.
Tequila might not even exist if not for women.
The blue agave plants, known as hijuelos, were traditionally grown by the ladies of Tequila (as in the town) (little children). From February to July, when the plants grow, women can still be seen working the fields.
A new famous person joins the tequila club.
For some reason, celebrities enjoy making tequila investments. Beginning in 2022, Mark Wahlberg joined the group. Along with being the actor’s preferred beverage, Flecha Azul Tequila was also co-founded by Mexican PGA golfer Abraham Ancer and businessman Aron Marquez.
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View of a Volcan De Mi Tierra tequila cocktail in the top photograph. (Image courtesy of Getty Images/Ilya S. Savenok for WARDROBE.NYC) The first version of this story, which was published in 2019, has been updated.