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There are many tequila drinks you can sample and enjoy. Margaritas are something many people are enamored with and tequila is the main ingredient. Tequila is a very popular Mexican liquor that is made with the blue Agave. It's something that's popular around the world and can range from moderately priced to quite expensive.
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The blue agave is a plant that looks very much like a cactus plant and grows around Mexico. In the twelfth year of life, the heart of the plant is removed to make the popular alcoholic beverage. Blue agave nectar or syrup is also used as a sweetener.
When being made into alcohol, juice is extracted from the blue agave plant and then it goes through a steaming process. After fermenting and going through distilling twice it becomes tequila. If the beverage doesn't contain 51% of the agave extract and follow a specific process it's known as Mescal. Mescal is significantly cheaper than tequila but has a strong place in Mexican culture.
Tequila can be broken into the following categories: Blanco, oro, reposed, anejo and extra anejo. This is a popular beverage that is made into several drinks although serving straight up with some salt and a lime is very popular.
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Among mixed drinks, probably the two most popular tequila drinks would be the Margarita and the Tequila Sunrise. Here are the basic recipes although many variations do exist:
Tequila Sunrise: the tequila sunrise includes one shot of tequila, eight ounces of orange juice and 2 dashes of grenadine. Grenadine is a thick syrup that's mostly used for its coloring and a lighter version of the tequila sunrise would include two shots of orange.
Margarita: Margaritas are a popular tequila drink and you'll find many variations but here's a basic one. Three parts of tequila, 2 parts of an orange liqueur, 1 part lime juice, lime wedges, ice cubes or crushed ice and line the glass rim with coarse kosher salt.
Tequila Day is a national day in the U.S (July 24), and there are songs about Tequila (the well-known surfing Tequila song by The Champs and there's also a well known oldie country song called, Tequila Sheila. You can attend Tequila Fest in Las Vegas, Nevada in September and there are magazines and websites dedicated to the love of all things tequila.
The Tequila Worm
Many urban myths surround the fact that if you eat the tequila worm, you can get more drunk, faster. In fact, tequila doesn't actually contain a worm. Mescal, which is similar to tequila, has a larvae in it that is put in for flavor enhancement of the Mescal. Different brands of this liquor contain different species of worm.
If you're looking to try some new tequila drinks or a different brand, consider looking online to get some inspiration and information. Because there are so many variations of tequila in gorgeous bottles and flasks and so many types of tequila drinks, you might want to look for reviews of tequila to find new brands and variations to try.