Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching, which means it’s time to get the tequila flowing. We know the thought of tequila might elicit a few stomach churning memories from years past, but the truth is, there’s way more to this celebrated spirit than ‘ritas and cheap shots.
Whether you’re partial to tasty margaritas or fine sipping tequila, there is no denying this agave-based libation is a Cinco de Mayo staple. So, in preparation for next week’s celebration, here are some interesting facts and helpful tips for Cinco de Mayo.
1. Just as cognac is a brandy from the French region of Cognac, tequila is a mezcal from in and around the town of Tequila.
2. The first tequila factory was established in 1600 in Jalisco.
3. Tequila makers first began aging their spirits in wood in the 1800s after taking a cue from aged brandy.
4. By Mexican law, tequila can be made only in the states of Jalisco, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas.
5. As expressed in international trade agreements, tequila is trademarked by Mexico and cannot be produced in other countries.
6. Tequila, as most know, arises from agave, specifically the blue Weber agave, botanically known as Agave tequiliana.
7. Tequila must be made from at least 51 percent blue agave. The best tequilas are made from 100 percent blue agave.
8. In addition to sometimes being used as a digestive, some experts believe a shot of tequila can help stimulate appetite.
9. There are five common classifications for tequila. Read about them on Tequila.net.
Avion Reserva 44 (Approximately $150)
Aged in oak barrels for 43 months in a cave, this premium extra añejo tequila is full-bodied with complex aromas of cinnamon, clove, citrus, caramel, and agave. On the palate, notes of dark berry, caramel, sweet spice and cocoa integrates seamlessly with the rich agave flavor and extend throughout the long, flavorful and intense finish.
Blue Nectar Reposado (Approximately $45)
Blue Nectar is a 100 percent blue agave, premium tequila. The small-batch Reposado is a smooth blend of reposado and extra añejo tequilas. There are notes of agave, vanilla, spice and ripe fruit, with a slightly peppery and oaky finish. This tequila is especially nice when enjoyed on the rocks.
Hornitos Black Barrel (Approximately $30)
This 100 percent blue agave tequila is an adventurous option for those who prefer the light, smoky oak and vanilla flavors akin to whiskey. A year of aging in American oak barrels previously used for Scottish Whiskey results in a creamy and complex limited edition añejo. This is an especially good recommendation for any bourbon, whiskey or scotch drinker interested in exploring tequila on Cinco de Mayo.
Tequila Cocktail Recipes:
There is way more to tequila cocktails than the classic margarita, and what better time to find out than when celebrating Cinco de Mayo. From bloody marys to blood orange margaritas, you can have tons of fun with creative tequila based cocktails. So, show your Cinco party guests some mixology skills by trying out a few of these delicious recipes: Huffington Post – Every Tequila Cocktail Recipe You Need For Cinco De Mayo