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27 Facts About Tequila That All Tequila Lovers Should Know

National Tequila Day is here to soothe your Monday blues.

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1. In 1873, "Mezcal wine" from the region of Jalisco was officially named "Tequila" in order to distinguish it from Mezcal spirits produced in the south of Mexico.

2. It was first distilled when Spanish conquistadors ran out of their own brandy.

3. The name “Tequila” has been protected as an intellectual property by the Mexican government since 1974.

4. Tequila is named after the small town in Jalisco, Mexico.

5. The town is a World Heritage Site and is home to major distilleries such as Casa Sauza and La Rojeña.

6. La Rojeña distillery, founded in 1795, is the oldest active distillery in Latin America and is owned by José Cuervo.

7. The family-run company is headed by a sixth generation descendant of Don José Antonio de Cuervo, a rarity in the industry.

8. Tequila tourism in the town and neighboring municipalities has grown in recent years, due in part to efforts made by the government to promote tours of the distilleries.

9. The National Festival of Tequila is held every year from the end of November to the middle of December. During this event, a Tequila Queen is crowned and the main distillers in the area provide samples of their tequila to festival goers.

10. Within the region, plants grown in the highlands often yield sweeter and fruitier-tasting tequila, while lowland agaves give the drink an earthier flavor.

11. Many of the higher-quality, 100% agave tequilas do not cause any significant alcohol burn, and using salt and lime may actually hinder the flavor.

12. According to Mexican law, tequila can only be produced in the state of Jalisco and limited municipalities in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas.

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13. It is recognized as a Mexican designation of origin product in more than 40 countries.

14. Tequila worms are a marketing gimmick and the product is not legally allowed to be sold with them in it.

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15. If the bottle of tequila does not state on the label that it is manufactured from 100% blue agave, then it is considered a mixto.

16. Tequila was popularized in the US during World War II, when importing whiskey from Europe became very difficult.

17. It is most often made at a 38% alcohol content but U.S law requires it to contain at least 40% alcohol to be sold in the United States.

18. The white version of tequila, known as silver tequila or tequila blanco, is obtained without or very little additional aging process.

19. Joven, or oro (gold), tequila is typically silver tequila with the addition of grain alcohols, caramel color, or a mixture of silver and extra-aged tequila.

20. The reposado and añejo types are aged in wooden containers, reposados for up to one year and añejos between one and three years.

21. Extra añejo is a relatively new category, established in 2006, and requires a minimum of three years of aging in oak barrels.

22. Thanks to its distilling process, high-shelf tequila won't give you a hangover, as long as you don't overdo it.

23. An occasional glass of tequila can act as a probiotic and help maintain a healthy immune system.

24. Although wildly popular, Patrón is a relatively young brand founded in 1989.

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25. In Mexico, the most traditional way to drink tequila is neat, without lime and salt. The rest of the world most commonly drinks it as a shot, which is referred to in Mexico as tequila cruda.

26. While margaritas are the most common in the US, the standard tequila cocktail in Mexico is the paloma. It is prepared with grapefruit soda or juice, and a lime or orange wedge.

27. In Germany, tequila oro (gold) is often consumed with cinnamon on a slice of orange, while silver tequila is consumed with salt and lime.

Now go enjoy happy hour with your newfound knowledge and celebrate National Tequila Day.

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