Tequila has come a long way from when it first originated back in 1656. We may know it as a delicious addition to a margarita, but what do you really know about this alcoholic beverage? Read on to learn about its beginnings.
If you look back in time, the Aztecs were the first to drink what would become tequila. They created a drink, known as pulque, that was the fermented sap from the agave plant. Historians would find documented evidence of pulque carved into stone in 200 A.D. Tequila came around in the 1500s when Spain's government set up a trade route from Mexico to Manila, which led to the creation of the first tequila distillery in the 1600s.
How Tequila is Made
Tequila is made from the nectar of a succulent (think aloe vera) known as the blue agave. You may have seen stores selling agave syrup as a honey-like sweetener that has a lower glycemic index than sugar.
Workers remove the heart from the Blue Agave plant. This heart then has the leaves removed and is cooked down to get the sap. The sap is strained, fermented and distilled.
Tequila can only be made from the Blue Agave plant. While Mezcal, the mother of tequila, can be made with up to 30 varieties of Agave. It should be noted that all tequilas are considered Mezcals because it is an Agave-based liquor. Who knew tequila sprouted from something so complicated?
One difference between tequila and Mezcal is the region they were created. Mezcal has nine regions in Mexico where it is made, while tequila only has five. However, three of these areas do overlap, and they probably throw some good parties, too.
Tips for Finding Your Favorite Margarita
A margarita is served on the rocks or frozen, and our margarita blog can help you make a choice. Pick your favorite tequila when you ask for it on the rocks. Order it with salt or without or pick your favorite fruits and have it frozen. Try the Signature Margarita and taste the balance of lime and the earthy, sweet tequila together for a classic experience.
Try our margarita flight and decide for yourself. You can sample different margaritas and pick your favorite. We're happy to help you navigate the options too. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina is the home of excellent Mexican eats and tasty drinks. Have a family night out with the kids eat free special on Monday or Tuesday or gather your friends or coworkers for a fun night out with the Wednesday dinner special. Ready for that margarita? Call us at 214-383-2150 to make a reservation.