Tequila is a spirit made from the blue agave plant.
Mexican laws state that tequila can be produced only in the state of Jalisco and limited regions in the states of Guanajuato,Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. Mexico has claimed the exclusive international right to the word "tequila", threatening legal actions against manufacturers in other countries.
Tequila is most oftenmade at a 38–40% alcohol content.
There are two basic categories of tequila: mixtos and 100% agave.
Tequila is usually bottled in one of five categories
* Blanco ("white") or plata("silver")
* Joven ("young") or oro ("gold"):
* Reposado ("rested"):
* Añejo ("aged" or "vintage"):
* Extra Añejo ("extra aged" or "ultra aged"):
Ways to drink
In Mexico, the mosttraditional way to drink tequila is with salt and lime.
It is popular in some regions to drink fine tequila with a side of sangrita—-a sweet, sour and spicy drink typically made from orange juice,grenadine (or tomato juice), and hot chillies.
Another popular drink in Mexico is the "bandera" (Flag, in Spanish), named after the Flag of Mexico, it consists of three shot glasses, filled with limejuice (for the green), white tequila, and sangrita (for the red). They can be sipped or drunk straight.
The drinker moistens the back of their hand below the index finger (usually by licking) andpours on the salt. Then the salt is licked off the hand, the tequila is drunk, and the fruit slice is quickly bitten. Groups of drinkers often do this simultaneously
Though the traditional Mexican shotis straight tequila, lime is the fruit of choice when a chaser must be used. It is believed that the salt lessens the "burn" of the tequila and the sour fruit balances and enhances the flavorOther drinks A large variety of drinks involve tequila.
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