The History of Tequila

Myth: Tequila with a worm is a more premium liquor.

Truth: Only mescal is ever sold with a worm, which is by the way, not permitted by the alcohol regulatory agency. Adding a worm is actually a marketing ploy. The truth is that the worm is actually a larvae form of the moth that lives in the agave plant, and if it is found, it probably means there was an infestation and that particular batch is a lower quality product!

Tequila, served neat in Mexico and with salt and lime just about everywhere else, is North America’s oldest distilled spirit. It is also popular with Cointreau and lime as a margarita and with fruit juice as a tequila sunrise. Tequila is made by distilling the agave plant. Although similar to mescal, tequila is made from only blue agave, which is a bit sweeter.

It all began long ago with the Aztecs, who made a fermented drink from the agave plant long before the Spanish arrived. Tequila got its name because it was first produced in the 16th century in the city of Tequila, which is northwest of Guadalajara. The Spanish arrived in 1521. When the Spanish ran out of their brandy, they began to distill the agave plant….and there you have it….tequila!

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