5 Myths About Tequila - Debunked!

Tequila is a very popular spirit here at Mexicali Blues. Mostly because it is the main ingredient in the best margaritas at the Lake of the Ozarks, but also because we carry a wonderful variety of different tequilas behind the bar. 

If you aren't a tequila connoisseur, there's a good chance you've heard some things about this wonderful liquor that simply aren't true. Today's blog will debunk a few of those silly myths and possibly give you a new appreciation for tequila.   

Tequila is made all over the world.
Just like authentic champagne must be made in Champagne, France (otherwise it is sparkling wine,) true tequila must be made in specific areas of Mexico. More specifically, it has to come from a delineated part of Mexico that is centered in the state of Jalisco. Types of "tequila" made outside of these designated areas are actually referred to as an agave spirit.  

Tequila is made from a cactus.
Tequila is made from the blue agave plant. It does resemble a cactus, but in reality is actually a member of the lily family. Breaking down the lily family of plants into smaller subfamilies, blue agave is more specifically classified as a plant of the asparagus family.  

Tequila bottles contain a worm. 
Actually, those bottles you've seen with a worm in them were not tequila, but rather mezcal. Mezcal can be made from a variety of different agave plants, but tequila can only be made with blue agave, therefore tequila is technically a mezcal, but mezcal is not tequila. 

The worm, or gusano, is a larva from one of two types of moths known as maguey worms that live on the maguey plant. That worm may be placed into mezcal that is made from the maguey plant, which is a form of agave.   

All tequila tastes the same.
If your tequila experience solely exists from shots bought by your friends at the bar, you're probably used to only one type of tequila. If you bother to expand your horizons a bit, you will find an excellent variety of different flavors ranging from sweet and vegetal to rich, oaky, and spiced. Much like whiskey, tequila comes in different styles (blanco, reposado, and anejo) and the way it is prepared changes the taste of a particular tequila.  

You should shoot tequila from shot glasses.
This is how it's most often done in the United States, but if you truly want to savor the delicious nuances of tequila, it is actually best to drink it slowly from a snifter or wine glass. This allows you to pick up on the aroma first before tasting it. The two combined make the tequila drinking experience much more well-rounded and enjoyable.  

The next time that you visit our Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, expand your horizons and try one of the many tequila varieties that we keep behind the bar. If straight tequila isn't your favorite way to enjoy this particular spirit, then give one of our many margaritas a try instead. 

As a matter of fact, join us at Mexicali Blues for Happy Hour every Tuesday-Friday from 4-6 pm and we'll even give you a special price on those marvelous margaritas. Just one sip and you'll be a fan for life! 

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