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Surprising Facts About Tequila!

Tequila, the iconic Mexican spirit, has captured the hearts of countless enthusiasts around the world. This celebrated liquor, distilled from the blue agave plant, is more than just a favourite party drink. In this exploration, we will unearth some intriguing facts about tequila that will deepen your appreciation for this time-honoured elixir.

All About the Agave? The blue agave plant, scientifically known as Agave tequilana Weber, is the star of the show. These succulent plants take many years to mature before they are ready for harvest. The core, known as the piña, is the part used to create tequila. Make sure to look for the 100% agave from Mexico on the label as this is a sign of good quality.

  • The Margarita, one of the world's most beloved cocktails, is tequila's finest creation. Its precise origins are still debated, but one story attributes it to Carlos "Danny" Herrera, who crafted the cocktail in 1938 for a customer allergic to all alcohols except tequila

  • Salt and Lime/lemon disguise bad tequila. The practice of licking salt before taking a sip of tequila followed by a bite of lime or lemon is believed to have originated to disguise the strong taste of low-quality tequilas. Today, it's more of a ritual and a fun way to enjoy tequila.

  • Tequila Keeps the Doctor Away! In moderation, tequila may have some surprising health benefits. During the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, patients were instructed to drink tequila with lime and salt to ease their symptoms. Today, tequila isn't considered a cure, but might still help soothe sore throats, ease congestion and aid with sleep.

  • The agave plant is not a cactus. Despite its spiky appearance, agave belongs to the Agavoideae family, which is a succulent closely related to the lily plant. In Latin, agave means illustrious, admirable, and noble.

Tequila's rich history, regional intricacies, and diverse range of flavours make it a spirit worth savouring and exploring. Whether you prefer it neat, in a cocktail, or as the centrepiece of a tasting experience, the facts about tequila reveal a depth and complexity that goes beyond its reputation as a party drink. So, next time you raise a glass of tequila, remember the heritage and craftsmanship that go into every drop. Cheers to the timeless spirit of Mexico!

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