Tequila Facts and Recipe

Tequila Facts and Recipe

Celebrate National Tequila Day on July 24

Ahhhh, Tequila Friday. Few other phrases in the English language evoke such joy and happiness as this phrase.

Tequila Fridays, or TQFs as they have come to be abbreviated in my book, are a time-honored, weekly celebratory tradition in my household. My love of tequila is deep (and no, don’t worry, it’s not this-chick-has-a-problem deep), but my love is deep enough that I have an entire shelf in my house dedicated to various brands of tequila that I love to mix and match or simply sip on.

In honor of National Tequila Day, I’ll share my most favoritest recipe below. The ingredients may appear odd at first but trust me when I say #ohmymouth this is delicious! It will become your go-to recipe when you have friends over and want to impress them with your bartending skills. You’ll be the Queen (or King) of Tequila when you make this wonderfully effervescent yet tasty tequila treat.

First, though, a few fun facts about tequila that you may not have known – and these fun tidbits of info are just part of the reason I love tequila oh so much!

  1. Tequila is an upper!
    Yes, really! So, while “He drinks a whiskey drink, he drinks a vodka drink, he drinks a lager drink…” (see what I did there all you 90s kids!!!) he will undoubtedly start to feel groggy, tired, full…. but with you and your tequila by your side, you’ll be partying all night like you’re 21 again!
  2. (Some) tequila is a probiotic.
    So one could reasonably argue that tequila is, in fact, healthy for you and your gut! Pass another shot!
  3. Mezcal is the tequila with the worm.
    In popular culture in the United States, drinking tequila is often associated with “the worm” at the bottom of a bottle. However, most tequilas, which are made from the blue agave plant, do not include a worm in the finished bottles. Only mezcal, which is a liquor made from any of the other 250+ forms of the agave plant, traditionally includes a worm. Mezcals like Wahaka Joven Madre Cuishe and El Zacatecano Añejo are smooth, robust, and coveted. Some companies do add the caterpillar of the maguey worm to their finished bottles, producing  mild chemical changes that some consumers may find highly desirable.
  4. Tequila is named after a city! Take that Jeopardy Ken!
    Most tequilas come from the Jalisco region of Mexico, and more specifically, from the area around the city of Tequila. In fact, Mexican law mandates that most tequilas, with certain exceptions, be manufactured in Jalisco.
  5. And finally, fact #5! Tequila has an appellation of origin.
    Like  champagnecognac, and some fine wines, tequila can only be produced in five regions in Mexico—Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, Tamaulipas, and Jalisco, though far and away the largest producer is Jalisco.

Initiated nearly a decade ago, I’ve had quite a lot of Fridays to practice my tequila recipe makin’, and over the years, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks on how to mix and match various tequilas to create a delectable masterpiece you’ll want to create and sip over and over. So enough with the fun facts – here is my weekly go-to:

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Posted: Jul 22, 2019