Tequila is arguably the most popular Mexican beverage. Years of history and tradition have endowed its unique taste, versatility, and cultural heritage. In previous posts, we shared with you that this distillate’s name is due to one of the most folkloric towns of the state of Jalisco, as well as its creation stands out because of its artisanal production process. 

The fame and popularity of tequila have become global. Proof thereof is the fact that it even has a special day to celebrate its history and taste: The third Saturday of March in Mexico, and July 24th worldwide.

Denomination of Origin

As we shared with you in one of our latest articles, tequila is a 100% Mexican product that has a Denomination of Origin, which means that it can only be produced in some states of Mexico, which are Jalisco, Nayarit, Michoacán, Tamaulipas, and Guanajuato.

Production

The main regulation for tequila’s Denomination of Origin is the raw material for its production, tequila can only be produced with blue agave o tequilana weber, which is cultivated for approximately 7 years. Later, when the agave pineapples are mature enough, harvesters or “jimadores” extract them for its cooking.

The pineapples are separated according to their size and cut into small pieces, then they are placed into steam injection within traditional brick ovens or stainless steel autoclaves, where they will be cooked for approximately 35 hours. Once the cooking is over, they are milled to obtain the juice or must, which is deposited in fermentation tanks.

Finally, the must is distilled and poured in wooden barrels, where it will be aging according to the type of tequila it is; for example, for rested tequila the minimum aging duration is 2 months, while for ultra aged tequila is at least 3 years.

Tips

You have probably drunk tequila during a party or vacation, either in its purest form or in a cocktail… or luckily is one of your favorite drinks! This is why Vicente, our star-mixologist at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit has some valuable tips for you that will make your experience with tequila more exquisite!

Recipes

Now that you know more about this delicious beverage, here are a couple of recipes for you to try at home. Let’s enjoy some delicious cocktails with tequila!

Tequila Sunrise

Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 2 oz. tequila reposado
  • 4 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. grenadine
  • Garnish: orange slice
  • Garnish: maraschino cherry

Preparation:

Pour the tequila and orange juice in a highball glass with ice. Stir well and slowly pour the grenadine so it sinks at the bottom of the glass. Finally, garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.

Paloma Brava

Ingredients: 

  • 2 oz. tequila reposado
  • 6 oz. orange juice
  • 5 oz. grapefruit juice
  • ¾ oz. lime juice
  • 4 oz. grapefruit or orange soda
  • Syrup or honey to taste
  • Garnish: lime wheel

Preparation: 

Pour the tequila, lime, orange and grapefruit juices in a highball glass with ice. Add a pinch of salt and stir gently. Top off with soda and pour honey or syrup to taste. Finally, garnish it with a lime wheel.

Cheers!