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What is Tequila made from?
An agave spirit needs to earn the title of tequila. In order to be called tequila, an agave spirit must be made from just one type of agave plant, the blue weber agave plant, or as it’s officially known Agave Tequilana. But equally important as what tequila is made from is where the spirit is made. Tequila is a spirit that has a designated origin. In other words, tequila needs to be made in Mexico. More specifically, it needs to be made in the Mexican state of Jalisco along with select municipalities in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas.
What’s the difference between Tequila and Mezcal?
The main difference between tequila and mezcal lies in the requirements to be labeled tequila. Unlike tequila, mezcal doesn’t have strict restrictions on the type of agave it has to be made from. Mezcal can be made from any one of thirty different types of agave plants. Like tequila, mezcal needs to be made in Mexico. But unlike tequila, it doesn’t need to be made in any specific state. Though it’s worth noting that the majority of mezcals are made in Oaxaca.
The different types of Tequila:
Blanco – Sometimes called ‘Silver Tequila,’ Blanco is tequila in its purest form. Bottled without any barrel aging or resting, Blancos are often agave-forward spirits with peppery flavors and sweet notes of citrus.
Reposado – From the Spanish word for ‘rested,’ Reposado tequilas spend anywhere from two months to a full year in oak barrels before bottling. Reposados mellow over time, swapping the peppery agave notes for tones of oak, sweet vanilla, or caramel.
Añejo – Aged between one and three years, Añejo tequilas take on complexities and a more mellow temperament than other tequila styles. Añejo tequilas often exhibit rich vanilla tones and bold aromatics and are meant to be sipped neat or on the rocks.
The best Tequila cocktails:
Step into any bar, and there will be a whole bunch of tequila cocktails to choose from. But these are some of the best tequila cocktails that you can make right at home:
Margarita – Margaritas are arguably the most recognizable tequila cocktails in the world. The drink is made with tequila, orange liqueur (like these options from Vitae Spirits or Toledo Spirits Company), and lime juice, and it’s served over ice in an eye-catching glass. Don’t forget to salt the rim!
Paloma – Palomas are a quick and easy tequila cocktail recipe anyone can master. Built over ice in a highball glass, Palomas are made with tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda. Bright and citrusy, Palomas are the perfect summertime refreshment.
Tequila Sunrise – Tequila, orange juice, and a splash of grenadine syrup. That’s all it takes to make a Tequila Sunrise. The drink gets its name for its close resemblance to the setting sun that comes as the grenadine syrup falls towards the bottom of the glass.
Popular Tequila brands:
These days, it seems like there’s more tequila brands stocking the shelves of liquor stores than ever before. Here’s just a sampling of some of the most popular tequila brands we’ll ship straight to your door:
Jose Cuervo – Perhaps the first name that comes to mind when picturing tequila, Jose Cuervo has been making the agave-based spirit for over 200 years.
Anteel Tequila – Anteel Tequila is the world’s first tequila brand owned by a black woman. In true trailblazing fashion, the tequila brand also offers the world’s first Coconut Lime Blanco.
Nosotros Tequila – Getting its name from the Spanish word for ‘we’ and ‘us,’ Nosotros Tequila is meant to be shared. And if you’re looking to expand your agave-based spirit horizons, they make an astounding mezcal too.
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