National Tequila Day is fast approaching, on July 24, and Kathimerini’s WIZ Urban Guide thought it would be cool to couple a few tips together on what people ought to know about this popular drink, just in time before taking their next sip.
Legend has it that tequila was created by the Aztec gods, and in particular by creator deity Quetzalcoatl who was devastated by the loss of his goddess and drunk the intoxicating liquid to drown his sorrows.
Modern-day tequila made its first appearance in the 16th century, when the Spanish conquistadors noticed indigenous populations drinking the nectar of the blue agave (Agave tequilana). But they decided to use their European distillation technology and named the drink after its origin in Tequila, a town village north of Guadalajara.
And, if we want to keep things scientific, research suggests that tequila helps weight loss, as the origin plant blue agave could lower blood sugar.
Do you know how to drink tequila?
But you may be surprised to learn that many people drink tequila the wrong way, including connoisseurs who often despise sweet cocktails and odd-looking or outlandish shots.
So, if you don’t want to be on the wrong side of the fence and not appreciate Mexico’s national drink, you’d better learn the basics right here, right now.
But first things first. No expensive tequila in your margarita!
There is no bigger telling sign of an amateur tequila drinker than the time when he or she calls for a “margarita please, with your best tequila.”
And, yes, even people in Mexico advertise their tequila in shooters with salt and lime, something which is actually not correct. Salt and lime are meant for inexperienced drinkers to help them endure the ugly taste of lesser quality drinks.
And this goes for the caterpillar in your glass too, which appears to be nothing but a marketing ploy that has nothing to do with tequila
But the real authentic tequila has a perfect flavour on its own and needs nothing else added.
And, just to be clear, this goes for the worm in your glass too, which appears to be nothing but a marketing ploy that has nothing to do with tequila.
Well, sure, who would want to resist a caterpillar in a lesser quality mezcal, which is like cognac also produced from the Agave? But it uses a different distillation method with more of a smoked flavour.
Okay, we think we you got the gist and you can find out the rest on your own.
Our team will celebrate this special day in Nicosia at Sinners Tequila Bar, the first and unique tequila bar right in the heart of the old city.
How about you?