Tequila 101: Your Complete Guide to Mexico’s Favorite Drink

Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching, and there is no better way to celebrate than with good friends and tequila! Sip in some knowledge as you enjoy the national spirit of Mexico this holiday.

The heart of tequila

Tequila is a versatile drink that can be enjoyed several ways. Only produced in certain regions in Mexico, the blue agave plants harvested in each area can have a distinct taste. While all tequila comes from the blue agave plant, not all tequila tastes the same.

Every plant grows for 6-10 years before being delicately harvested, ensuring the heart of the plant is extracted from the ground. The heart or “pina” of the agave plant is then cooked in traditional brick ovens or stainless steel pressure cookers, converting carbohydrates into fermented sugars. Once this process is complete, the agave hearts are transported to a milling area for sugar extraction. Next, the sugars are fermented in large wooden or stainless-steel tanks for 7-12 days. Depending on the type of tequila (blanco, joven, reposado, añejo or extra añejo) the mixture will be distilled 2-3 times, then aged in oak barrels for several months or even years.

Tequila tastings

Join our on-property experts in Mexico for a tasting where we will explain the history of tequila, the different types and the distilling process. We will guide you through the subtle flavors and nuances of each type of tequila while you tap into all of your senses. Gently swirl your glass, assess the aroma, then taste the tequila itself. Together, we will craft a few cocktails and enjoy some snacks along the way. The tastings usually last 1 hour and will be an experience you will never forget.

Perfect Pairings

Good tequilas are meant to be sipped, and there is no better way to appreciate this fine drink than by indulging in a delicious meal designed to pair with the best tequilas. First, start with a Blanco Tequila, the citrus and pepper notes, along with a slight hint of sweetness, pair beautifully with ceviche served with shrimp, chiles, and cilantro. Next up, try the tacos de arrachera with salsa roja paired with a delicious Reposado Tequila. Finally, complete your meal with an Añejo Tequila paired with churros with a dark chocolate sauce. Truly a meal made in paradise.

The Flawless Margarita Recipe

No matter where your Cinco celebrations are taking place this year, make sure to bring our Flawless Margarita recipe along!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 oz. of Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Salt & lime slice for garnish

Directions: If desired, moisten the rim of cocktail glass with a lime wedge, hold the glass upside down and dip the rim into salt. Combine Tequila, Cointreau and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, strain into glass, garnish with a lime slice and enjoy. It’s as simple as that!

This diverse spirit has a rich history and distinct taste just waiting to be explored. Join us at any of our Mexican properties to enjoy the sophisticated flavors tequila has to offer. Try it neat, as a shot with salt and a lime, a classic Margarita or even a delicious Paloma. There are many ways to enjoy your favorite tequila, but the best way is on the beach!

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