Believe it or not, tequila isn’t cactus juice. There’s no worm in the bottle either. It is distilled from blue Weber agave. Much like cognac, tequila is only produced in state of Jalisco and certain region of Mexico.. The area’s volcanic soil is ideal for planting agave, a plant that has sharp thorns and long leaves. Agave takes about 8 to12 years to be mature enough for harvesting.

The center of the plant, which could weigh more than 100 lbs, is peeled, roasted and crushed, and its sweetextract is then fermented and distilled. Premium tequilas are distilled from pure agave while cheaper ones (mixto) are made from both sugars and agave. Tequila is generally distilled twice.

There are 4 primary categories of tequila: Blanco (also called silver, plata or platinum) is aged for under 8 weeks and is clear; reposado is aged between 2 months to a year and it is golden-colored; añejo is aged from 1 to 3 years it’s brown color just like whiskey; and extra-añejo, a new class introduced in in 2006, is aged over 3 years. Similar to most Scotches, tequila is normally aged in used bourbon kegs.

Patron Silver Tequila

If you’re looking for a bottle of tequila that can make anyone like tequila, you’ve found it with Patron. It is an incredible mixer for cocktails, is ultra-smooth and has the full flavor of agave without being overwhelming. This is especially true of the Patron Silver, which adds a true and rich flavor of agave without tasting the distillery’s aged bottling oak. Long a fixture in the tequila industry, the Patron Company has many other interesting spirits, but their base tequila is definitely out of this world. This Silver is the one I usually reach for when I am mixing. It is simply my choice and a spirit that I know I can rely on.

Trago Tequila

Trying to find a superior tequila to have on hand for your collection? Look no further than any of the versions of tequila that are produced by Trago. They are widely diverse array of tequilas that range from a silver version that is perfect for a mixing base to an anejo that is smooth and sumptuous. These are considered to be luxury tequilas due to both their taste and price, which runs as much as $70 per bottle, and they are the perfect touch for every special events and celebrations. Personally, I am very partial to the very versatile Reposado because it works so well as both a sipper and a base mixer that lends a bouquet to the drinks it’s used to mix with.

Don Julio

When he was just 17, in 1942, Don Julio Gonzalez established his first distillery for tequila. Ever since, his name and his tequila have been synonymous with indulgence. The tequila is now a portfolio of tequilas with 100% blue agave that have something for everyone, from the sweetness and light of its Blanco to its 1942 Anejo. It is really a matter of your choice as to which will be your favorite. There is the distinct kick of pepper in the Real and 1942 and then there is the smooth-sipping Anejo, which is perfect for other people.

Classic Cocktails Made With Tequila

In Mexico, the cold hard truth is that tequila is a big deal. However, Cinco de May as we celebrate it here in the U.S., is not. This May holiday is to commemorate the 1862 military victory over the French. While it’s a national holiday, no one parties like they do during Mexico’s Independence Day which is in September.

In the U.S., we spend much more time planning and celebrating Cinco de Mayo for all things south of the border. Additionally, tacos and mariachi bands will also mean a lot of tequila.

Even though the Margarita may often be the drink of choice, tequila with its agave based cousin called mezcal is well liked for the versatility. The taste difference is astonishing and a simple switch can make an entirely different cocktail.

With such promising results, you may wish to make everyday a holiday.

Myths about Tequila

Formerly a spring break drink favorite, tequila has come quite a ways. It’s now a top favorite of bartenders all around the country. Not to mention that there are many premium brand to select from. There are still some all to o common myths and misconceptions regarding tequila. With Cinco de Mayo just a few days away, let’s take a moment and set the record straight.


A Worm In The Bottle

According to Bezuidenhout, a bottle of tequila has never, nor should it ever, have a worm in it. Many low grade mezcals (similar to tequila but not the same) may contain a worm in the bottle. However, no matter what you’re drinking, a worm (or any other creature for that matter) is a bad sign in any bottle.

Siembra Azul Tequila

Siembra Azul may be new on the tequila scene, but they’ve already gained attention for the 100% blue agave tequilas they’ve added to the market. The company, which was founded by David Suro-Pinera, has their tequilas double distilled in the highlands of Los Arandas. They offer an unaged, or “blanco” tequila, a 3 month or “reposado” tequila, and an “anejo” tequila, which must be at least a year old.

The flavor profiles the line offers are considerably lighter and fruitier than comparable tequilas, but their drinks are every bit as smooth. It’s definitely worth giving Siembra Azul a try. Here are the pluses and minuses of the brand: