Tequila is one of the popular alcoholic beverages in the United States and Mexico. Tequila originated and is produced only in Mexico. Today, cocktails that contain tequila is very popular in pubs all around the world. Since alcohol gifts are becoming popular these days, a lot of people are buying the best tequila brands to gift them to their friends and relatives as holiday presents.
Tequila is an essential ingredient to the classic margarita cocktail, which is very popular in the United States. It is the best alcoholic beverage for celebrations and if you are planning to gift tequila as alcohol present to your loved ones, you need to know some of these cool tequila facts.
Interesting Facts About Tequila
- Tequila is only produced in five regions. They are Jalisco, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas; all in Mexico. It is mainly produced in the state of Jalisco.
- Tequila is made from the piñas, which is known as the heart of the agave plant. Piñas are cut out, cooked, ground down, and fermented for making different varieties of tequila.
- Mexico and the United States account for more than half of the world’s total tequila consumption. In both these countries, people use different methods to drink tequila. The Mexicans opt to drink tequila neat like whiskey. The Americans take their tequila with lime and salt, which is known as tequila curds.
- There are three types of tequilas; Reposado, Anejo, and Blanco. Reposado tequila is aged for about 2 to 11 months in an oak barrel before bottling and has a woody flavor.
- Anejo tequila is aged for about 1 year in oak barrels or caskets before bottling. It has a distinctive oaky taste.
- Blanco tequila is bottled immediately after the distillation process or within 2 months after distillation and it is mainly used for tequila shots or tequila slammers.
- A new variety of tequila is becoming popular these days. It is known as Extra Anejo tequila. This is called so because it is aged for about 3 years in oak barrels.
- A spirit will be classified as tequila when it is made of at least 51% Blue Agave. Most tequila brands use 100% blue agave plant and it will be printed on the label.
- Many people think of the color of tequila as a guarantee for its quality. However, it is not completely true as many manufacturers add color additives in tequila. The natural color of tequila is obtained from its aging in barrels.