Despite having a number of songs about tequila, you may be wondering what exactly tequila is, where it comes from, what types of tequila there are, what mixes with this type of distilled spirit.
What Is Tequila?
Tequila is a distilled spirit made from Agave Azul or blue Agave. Despite being sold all around the world, tequila is produced in just five areas of Mexico. Tequila is a type of mezcal, which includes alcohols made from other types of agave plants. While tequila is mezcal, not all mezcal’s are tequila.
What Is Tequila Made From?
Tequila is made by distilling fermented juices from the Weber blue agave plant, also known as Agave tequilana. After seven to ten years of growing, the blue agave plant is ready to be harvested for production into tequila. While the tequila is not made from the spiked barbs, there is actually a large bulb called that grows underground called a piña. From there, the bulb is baked in brick ovens or steam and is cooked until the starches convert to sugars. The baked bulb is crushed to extract juice which is then fermented with yeast to convert the sugar into alcohol.
Types of Tequila
There are five main types of tequila including Tequila Blanco, Tequila Reposado, Tequila Añejo, Tequila Joven, and Extra Añejo.
- Tequila Blanco: Tequila Blanco, also known as silver tequila is distilled from the blue Weber agave. Blanco tequilas are typically paired with Margaritas and are from one of the five western states in Mexico.
- Tequila Reposado: Tequila Reposado is one of the main types of tequila that is typically aged in European or American oak barrels ranging from two months to a year.
- Tequila Añejo: Tequila Añejo is a type of tequila that is aged in European or American barrels for at least one year. This type of tequila may be used in Margaritas, but its typically known for sipping neat like a nice whiskey.
- Tequila Joven: Tequila Joven are blanco bottles but typically contain aged and unaged tequilas.
- Extra Añejo: Extra Añejo tequilas are aged for at least three years.
How To Drink Tequila
Tequila is a very versatile type of alcohol that sipped in many ways. Tequila is commonly enjoyed as a shot, either straight up, or with salt and limes. Tequila is also made into a number of cocktails, ranging from elaborate cocktails to martini-like drinks. Aged tequilas are often sipped straight, both chilled or on the rocks.
What Mixes With Tequila?
There are a number of whats to enjoy tequila. Whether you drink Extra Añejo straight or want to mix it into a cocktail, here are some of our favorite tequila recipes.
- Tequila + Grapefruit Juice + Squeeze of Lime + Club Soda = Paloma
- Tequila + Ginger Ale
- Tequila + Simple Syrup + Club Soda + Lemon = Juan Collins
- Tequila + Orange Juice + Grenadine = Tequila Sunrise
- Tequila + Orange Juice + Pineapple Juice
- Tequila + Campari + Sweet Vermouth = Tequila Negroni
- Tequila + Bloody Mary Mix = Bloody Maria
- Tequila + Simple Syrup + Club Soda + Muddled Mint Leaves & Limes = Tequila Mojito
- Tequila + Cointreau + Lime Juice + Salt = Classic Margarita
How Many Calories Are in a Shot of Tequila?
Tequila typically has one of the lowest number of calories per shot of all of the alcohols. A 1.5 ounce shot on tequila typically will have 98 calories while a shot of vodka will have 106 calories.
How Much Sugar is in Tequila?
Pure agave tequila is low in sugar. While wine typically has about 3-5 grams of sugar per bottle, tequila has less than one gram.
When Is National Tequila Day?
National Tequila Day takes place on July 24th.