Test your tequila knowledge with these fun facts about the spirit
From the LifeMinute.TV Team
July 24, 2021
National Tequila Day is July 24th. Here are ten tidbits about the spirit to touch upon your tequila knowledge.
The first versions of tequila date back to 1000 B.C.
Tequila was first known as pulque and made from the fermented sap of the agave plant by the Aztec civilization in what is now northern Mexico.
Today tequila is made with at least 51% blue agave.
It takes 8-12 years for the Blue Agave plant to mature enough to make tequila.
Both tequila and mezcal are made from the harvested core of the agave plant, otherwise known as the “piña,” which can weigh as much as 200 pounds.
There are three main varieties of tequila categorized based on age and distillation: Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo.
During the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, patients were instructed to drink tequila with lime and salt to ease their symptoms.
Tequila is known to be a natural digestive aid. Drinking it may help boost your metabolism too.
While many people may take a shot of tequila accompanied with salt and lime, the traditional way to drink it in Mexico is neat.
At an estimated $3.5 million, Ley .925 Diamante is the most expensive tequila in the world. The bottle is made out of platinum and 4,100 perfectly white diamonds. The tequila is a Premium Extra Añejo made with the best quality of agave and is aged in barrels for seven years.
Bonus tip: Technically, the legend of the tequila worm refers to the spirit mezcal, which is not actually tequila. While tequila is a type of mezcal, mezcal is considered purer and often more expensive than tequila. The origin of the worm goes back to a distiller named Jacobo Lozano Páez, who in 1940 found that the larvae changed the taste of the agave, and so he began adding it to better flavor his spirits — and the rest is history.