July 24th is National Tequila Day
The culprit of many hangovers, lost memories and cries of “never again” has its own “Celebration Day”. Sunday July 24th 2016 has been designated as National Tequila Day. So break out the salt and lime and shoot some Reposado, or mix up a Margarita, whatever your choice I am sure you will drink responsibly!
- Tequila is a distilled from the blue agave plant.
- The city of Tequila, is situated 40 miles Northwest of Guadalajara
- There are many types of Tequila but the main ones are: Gold Tequila, which is not typically aged, and usually contains only about 51% agave tequila. Silver Tequila, sometimes referred to as Blanco, is rarely aged more than a couple of weeks, making it the purest form of Tequila. Reposado, means “rested” in Spanish, and Reposado Tequilas rest anywhere from two months to a year, taking on their color and distinctive flavor from the aging process in oak barrels. Añejo, Añejo means “vintage” and this Tequila is aged from one to three years, and is considered the best type of tequila for drinking neat or as a shot, because of its smooth finish and less of the “Tequila Burn”
- Although not a Tequila in its truest form we of course cannot forget the Infamous Mezcal,which differs from Tequila in the fact that it can be made from any type of Agave and not restricted to the Blue Agave Plant. To be classified as Tequila, a bottle must be at least 51% blue agave.
- Then there is the “Mezcal Worm” that sits ominously at the bottom of the bottle waiting for some unsuspecting drinker to imbibe more than they were bargaining for. The “worm” is actually a larva from a type of moth, known as a maguey worm, that live on the agave plant. These larvae are called Gusano and people believe that they bring good fortune and strength to the lucky person who finds them in his or her glass. There were stories, myths and legends that the worm would bring special powers, but of course none of those stories are true.
Or are they ??