What You May Not Have Known About Tequila

At Mexicali Blues, we love a good margarita, so of course, we love tequila! Lake of the Ozarks' best Mexican restaurant features several delicious specialty cocktails that feature this spirit, so we wanted to take a closer look at the history of tequila. Here are a few things you may not have known about our favorite spirit.

What Makes A Tequila, Tequila

Much like bourbon, tequila distillers have a very strict set of rules they must follow. They include making sure that each bottle is made in the proper location, from the correct ingredients and that Reposado and Anejo versions are aged for the right amount of time.

The Spanish Invasion

While there are many theories on how the agave distillation began, but the most common theory involves the Spanish invasion and primitive mud stills. The parched Spaniards were starting to run out of their beloved brandy, so they had to improvise with mud and agave, essentially creating what is now known as mezcal. In the mid-1500s, the Spanish government opened a trade route between Manila and Mexico, and in the early 1600s, the Marquis of Altamira built the first large-scale distillery in what is now Tequila, Jalisco.

The Birth of Modern Tequila

The Cuervo family began commercially distilling tequila in 1758, and in 1873 the Sauza family began their distillery. According to Slate, Don Cenobio Sauza was responsible for identifying blue agave as the best for making tequila. In 1974, the Mexican government declared the term "tequila" as its intellectual property. This made it necessary for tequila to be made and aged in certain areas of Mexico, and it also made it illegal for other countries to produce or sell their own tequila. The Tequila Regulatory Council was created to ensure the quality and promote the culture surrounding the spirit.

Specialty Margaritas at Mexicali Blues

Flavored Margaritas - Dreamsicle, Strawberry, Raspberry, Peach, Banana, Mango, Pomegranate, Watermelon and Coconut

Cadillac - Sauza Conmemorativo Tequila, Gran Marnier, sour and a splash of OJ

Cuervo Margarita - Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, Triple Sec and sour

Bikini Margarita - 100% Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver Tequila and 0 Calorie Cuervo Light Margarita Mix

Blackjack Margarita - Sauza Hornitos Reposado Tequila, Triple Sec, Raspberry Liqueur and sour

3 G's Margarita - Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila, Tuaca and sour

Blue Devil Margarita - Sauza Hornitos Reposado Tequila, DeKuyper O3 Premium Orange Liqueur, Blue Curacao and sour

Reggae-Rita - Bacardi O, Gran Marnier, orange juice, sour, mango and a splash of Rose's Grenadine

Milagro Freshest Margarita - Milagro Silver Tequila, agave nectar, water and 1 whole lime freshly squeezed

Tye-Dye - Wow Man, Strawberry & Mango Margarita with a float of Kuyper Blue Curacao

Yard Margarita - 24 oz. souvenir yard cup filled with our house margarita

Mexican Mule - lime tequila and ginger beer

Now that you know a little bit more about the history of tequila, stop on by the best Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks and try one of our specialty margaritas. We also have a fully stocked bar and bartenders ready to make your favorite cocktail. Join us for Happy Hour, which features beer and margarita specials Tuesday through Friday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Hurry on into Mexicali Blues!

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Osage Beach, MO 65065


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