5 Tequila Myths - Debunked!

Tequila is very important to us here at Mexicali Blues in Osage Beach. After all, it is the main ingredient in the best margaritas at the Lake of the Ozarks

We keep an extensive variety of tasty tequilas behind the bar. Most people assume that all tequilas are pretty much the same, but each one is slightly different than the next. There are actually a lot of facts about tequila that true connoisseurs know to be false. Today's blog is here to educate you by debunking a few of those tequila myths. 

Tequila is made all over the world.
NOPE! Champagne made anyplace other than Champagne, France, is actually just sparkling wine. In a similar fashion, if you want authentic tequila, it must be made in Mexico. More specifically, it has to come from a delineated part of Mexico that is centered in the state of Jalisco. Any "tequila" made outside of these designated areas is technically referred to as an agave spirit.  

Tequila comes from a cactus.
UH-UH! The blue agave plant that tequila is made from resembles a cactus, but it's 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's the one with the worm.
WRONG! The 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. 

You should shoot tequila. 
DON'T! Although that's most often the way it's done in the United States, you cannot truly savor the delicious nuances of tequila from a shot glass. It's actually best to drink tequila slowly from a snifter or wine glass. This will allow you to pick up on the aroma first before tasting it. The combination of scent and taste makes your tequila drinking experience much more well-rounded and incredibly enjoyable. 

All tequila tastes the same.
AS IF! 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. Our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant is an excellent place to begin your tequila adventure because we've got a lot of fantastic types of tequila for you to taste-test. 

Another easy way to enjoy tequila is to have one of our famous house margaritas alongside the best Mexican food at the Lake of the Ozarks. We've also got over a dozen different kinds of margaritas on the menu for you to try out as well. Just one sip and we're willing to bet you'll be a Mexicali Blues fan for life! 

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