The 24th July may not seem like a significant day in the calendar, but across the other side of the pond, today is National Tequila Day, and that is a celebration we are happy to become part of!
Traditionally known for being a hangover waiting to happen, this strong spirit actually has far more to it than just being used as a shot to be served with salt and lime.
Below are some interesting facts to celebrate National Tequila Day so next time you’re about to “slam” with your mates you can impress them and most importantly we’re even going to let you in on the secret of how to drink tequila without getting a hangover (life changing, we know!!).
The History of Tequila
Tequila originated in Tequila City in Jalisco, Mexico, and to be considered authentic Tequila, it has to be produced in that city!
Tequila is made from a plant grown in the city known as blue agave, and once again, Tequila makers have to ensure that the spirit is made from pure blue agave and isn’t mixed with other kinds agave plants, as they are used to make other spirits.
The process of making the fiery spirit is long and involves many steps, from growing and harvesting the plant, to extracting the desired parts, to creating and distilling the liquid, but what we do know, is that there is more than one kind of tequila!
Depending on how long the spirit is aged, depends on what kind of tequila it is, this is how it is broken down:
Blanco: bottled straight from the distillery for sale
Reposado: matured for 2-11 months
Anejo: matured for between 12 months – 3 years
Most bottled tequila is made to have a 38% alcohol content, but according to US law, a bottle of Tequila must have 40% alcohol content to be sold in America.
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How to Drink Tequila
Apart from taking it from a shot glass with salt and lime, there’s a variety of ways to incorporate the spirit into cocktails alongside other ingredients, to make for a potentially more enjoyable drink (by that, we mean less throat burning, more fruity after taste).
The most famous cocktails that feature the Mexican spirit include:
- Tequila Sunrise
- The Matador
- Tequila Slammer
We’d recommend using the Blanco tequila for cocktails as it is less matured and has a lighter taste, and is therefore less likely to over-power any other flavours in your concoction.
How to: Drink Tequila and Avoid a Hangover
Warning: the below contains life changing information!
It actually is possible to drink tequila without getting that nasty pounding head the next day, and here’s how…
- Go for 100% agave tequila – some cheaper tequilas are mixed with other sugars and aren’t as pure, which is what contributes to the nasty hangover. Tequilas will advertise themselves as 100% agave if they are, so look out for that.
- ‘Sip, don’t Shot’ – when served in Mexico where it originates from, there isn’t a lime or salt in sight, just larger glasses with small measures of higher quality tequila, which is supposed to be sipped slowly like other strong spirits. The act of drinking it slowly reduces the amount you’re going to drink; we guarantee you wouldn’t drink a whole shot measure if you sipped it slowly.
- Pick your age wisely – as discussed before, there are 3 main kinds of tequila, all with different qualities. Blanco is best for cocktails, but the more mature stuff is better for drinking neat, as the flavours have had time to strengthen, hence why fans of the spirit opt for the older stuff.
Now you’re an expert on how to combat the ever so famous ‘Tequila Hangover’, why not put our methods to the test by sharing a bottle with friends? We’ve got a bottle of Sierra Silver Tequila to give away to one lucky winner (over 18s only)!
All you have to do is answer one tequila-related question, ‘what is your favourite tequila cocktail?’ Simply choose your answer from the options below and you’ll be entered into our random draw, where one of you will be chosen to receive our premium bottle of Tequila.
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We hope you’ve found this helpful, especially if you have a night out planned soon, however, sipping premium tequila might not be the best pre-drink of choice – make sure you drink responsibly and look after yourself and your friends when out on the town.