As today we celebrate National Tequila Day, here’s six fun facts and sayings you probably haven’t heard, about the South of the Border drink that’s on everyone’s lips.
In Mexico, Tequila is drunk neat, without lime and salt:
When it comes to lime and salt with their tequila, Mexicans go for a Margarita. Shots of tequila are drunk neat, without the extras.
"When life gives your lemons, grab salt and Tequila!”
All Tequila is Mezcal, but not all Mezcal is Tequila:
Mezcal is a distilled beverage made in Mexico from agave; while Tequila is made from blue agave from the Appellation of Origin: Tequila Territory, primarily the state of Jalisco.
"Drinking Tequila is more about the journey than the destination.”
Worms are prohibited in Tequila bottles, but not Mezcal:
Are you the one who insists on sculling the worm at the bottom of the bottle? Worms are prohibited in Tequila bottles, but not in Mezcal – where you’ll find an agave snout weevil, or caterpillar phase of the hypopta agavis moth. The worms are included to prove the proof, or presence of agave.
"Tequila is like duct tape, it fixes nearly everything.”
Tequila is closer to lilies than cactus:
Contrary to popular belief, Tequila is not made from cactus – the agave plant is actually in the lily family.
"I didn’t text you, Tequila did!”
It takes 8-12 years for the blue agave plant to mature enough to make Tequila:
Tequila is made from the heart of the blue agave plant, called pina. It can take up to 12 years for it to mature enough to make our favourite tipple and can weigh up to 90kg, when harvested.
"This Tequila tastes like I’m not going to work tomorrow.”
Tequila is made of at least 51% blue agave:
While Mezcal can be made from hundreds of different agave varieties, Tequila must contain at least 51% blue agave and many believe it should be 100%. Tequila with less than 100% blue agave is called Mixto.
"You bring the Tequila, I’ll bring the bad decisions.”
Those in the Leichhardt area for National Tequila Day, can head to Pablo’s Kitchen on Norton Street to celebrate with six different types of cocktails and sipping tequila. For a night not to be missed, grab your favourite Tequila concoction, along with Mexican delights such as nachos and tacos, and join the fun.
Tequila may not be the answer, but it’s worth a shot!
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