Spirits: Tequila

Tequila Bottles

Tequila is Mexico’s number one spirit. Historians mention that the Aztecs were making an alcoholic drink called octli from the agave plant as early as the first century. Later it was given a more popular name pulque. Pulque is still made today, and is milky, slightly sour, and has about 12-13% alcohol per volume. Tequila and Mezcal are closely related; they are both derived from the original drink, pulque. Mezcal is made all over Mexico from the wild agave plant and only Mezcal contains a worm inside the bottle. The drink was first distilled in Guadalajara in the 17th century. Today, it must be produced in the area surrounding the city of Tequila in the state of Jalisco. Also, it must be distilled from the Blue Agave plant, which takes between 8 to 12 years to mature. It is classified by the amount of Blue Agave it contains and also by the length of its aging process. Tequila came to predominance in the 1940’s with the famous drink ‘Margarita’. Don Cenomo Sauza, the founder of Sauza brand, was the first to export the spirit to the United States. Mexico has claimed the exclusive international right to the word ‘Tequila’. This unique spirit is gaining popularity around the world, distinguishing itself with a gallery of great packaging designs.