Tequila. Talk about a polarizing word. Some people feel a residual hangover just at the mention of it. And while you can find plenty of budget tequilas, you can't blame them for having three or four too many shooters.
What is Tequila Made From?
The blue agave plant is key to tequila's unique flavor. The plant takes around ten years to fully mature and be ready for harvest. Only the heart of the plant, which can weigh over 100 pounds, is used in production. By law, tequila must be at least 51% agave, but premium varieties contain 100%. As you can imagine, the more agave there is, the high quality and better tasting the tequila is. And less likely to give you a hangover. Maybe.
A Sophisticated Spirit:
Despite its hard-partying reputation, tequila is very refined. Premium tequila brands are just as nuanced and sophisticated in flavor as any scotch. And it has an incredible ability to reflect the fruit, pepper and spice flavor combination of the agave plant.
A North American Treasure:
To truly be considered tequila, it must be produced in one of 5 Mexican states. Once finished, it tends not to get too far from home—almost 85% of all tequila is consumed in the United States and Mexico. 75% of all exports make their way to the US.
How to Drink It:
Shots. Always shots. Just kidding. Though that might be the most efficient method, it's not always a crowd pleaser. Aside from Margaritas, you can try plenty of classic cocktails: Palomas, Micheladas and even and Old Fashioned. And, yes, aside from shots, high-quality tequila is delicious all on its own.