Cinco de Mayo is only a few days away and that means it’s time for you to stock up on liquor for this cousin-holiday of St. Patrick’s Day. Obviously, we understand that the cultural backgrounds of these holidays have absolutely nothing to do with one another but in America, they are both known to be big days for drinking. As a liquor store, we are obvious fans of any occasion to drink, and therefore, Cinco de Mayo is certainly a favorite. However, celebrating this Mexican holiday cannot be done correctly without one very important thing. That thing, of course, is tequila. In this post, we are going to delve deep into this spirit, what it is, where it comes from and much more. Continue reading below to learn everything you need to know about Cinco de Mayo’s staple spirit.
What Exactly is Tequila?
Tequila is made by smoking, steaming and subsequently fermenting the heart of the Weber Blue Agave plant. The liquid from this process is then distilled. While this may sound pretty straightforward, it’s not as simple as it seems. The pina actually takes up to 12 years to become fully mature and can weigh as much as 200 pounds. In order to be considered tequila, Mexican law requires that the spirit be at least 51 percent Blue Agave. However, the majority of premium tequilas are 100 percent Blue Agave.
Where Does Tequila Originate?
Yes, nearly everyone knows that tequila comes from Mexico. However, what they often don’t realize is that it all comes from one specific region of Mexico. This region is the state of Jalisco and from other regions in the states of Nayarit, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, and Michoacán.
The History of Tequila
The first trace of tequila came about in the 15th century. During this time, Spanish conquistadors started to distill something known as “pulque”, a fermented wine made from the sap of Maguey agave. However, the true date of when the first tequila was distilled is unknown. On the other hand, there are some legends, one of which claims that the liquor was first distilled near the town of Tequila (who would have thought?!).
There is, alternatively, much documentation that shows Jose Cuervo to be the very first manufacturer of tequila. It was in 1758 that the King of Spain granted the right to the land on which the Jose Cuervo brand is still growing agave and making tequila.
The Versatility of Tequila
In the United States, it is most common for Americans to drink tequila in one of two ways: shots or margaritas. While there is certainly nothing wrong with these methods, tequila can be used in many other ways. Mix this spirit with orange, pineapple, or grapefruit juice for a more tropical beverage. Alternatively, you can also mix tequila with soda if you are someone who enjoys carbonation.
Shop Tequila at Our Loveland Liquor Store
If you want to make sure that you do Cinco de Mayo the right way, you’re going to need the right tequila. Stop into World Beverage in Loveland today and we can help you to select a tequila that will be delicious in all of your holiday cocktails!