Margarita - The Most Popular of all Tequilla Recipes
The most popular of all Tequilla drink recipes is called the Margarita closely followed by Tequila Sunrise. There are many different versions of this famous Tequila drink. But the most popular of the Margarita Tequilla recipes have the following ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Tequila, 1 oz Lemon or lime juice, 1/2 oz Triple Sec. It is customary to serve margaritas by dipping the rim of glass in lemon juice then in salt. Another popular and famous drink is Black Tequila - see the above list for many famous Tequila recipes!
The most popular tequila based cocktail drink is called "Tequila Sunrise". The song called Tequila Sunrise was made popular by the Eagles "It's another tequila sunrise...". Tequila Sunrise was also a 1988 movie which starred Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Kurt Russell. Click the following link for the Recipe for Tequila Sunrise
Straight Tequila Night
The drink was also mentioned in the lyrics of a song called "Straight Tequila Night" by John Anderson.
A Tequila Shot is a single shot of tequila served with salt and a slice of lemon or lime. The salt is licked off the back of the hand, the shot is drunk and the fruit slice is quickly sucked. The salt lessens the 'burn' of the shot and the lemon enhances the flavor. Tequila has its own special flavor that is almost tart and a shot leaves the tongue tingling.
Mexican Tequila History
The history of tequila dates back hundreds of years and a form of this liquor was first made by the Aztecs. The modern version of the drink originated around the town of Tequila, in Jalisco state in Mexico from where the drink gets its name ( the town is located near a volcano - and tequila is the Nahuatl word for volcano. The production of Tequila started more than 400 years ago. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in Mexico in April 1530 they ran out of brandy they had brought with them from Spain, so they fermented agave juice. The first factory was established in 1600 by Don Pedro Sanchez de Tagle, the Marquis de Altamira.
Facts and Information about Mexican Tequila
The only source for Tequila is the mescal cactus which is a species of the agave plant. The blue agave cactus takes twelve years to mature. The drink called Tequila is a colorless intoxicating liquor made by fermenting and distilling the sweet sap of the blue agave cactus plant. The word is commonly mis-spelt as teqiula, taquila, taquilla, tiquila, teqila, tequla, tequela and tequilla.
Tequila is only one type of mezcal, which is the name of any distilled alcohol made from the agave plant. What makes tequila different from other mezcals is its strict adherence to the standards set by the Tequila Regulatory Council in Mexico. According to these standards the drink must be made with at least 51 percent blue agave. The remainder is generally made up from commonly sugarcane or maize. This special Mexican drink must also be produced in the specific Mexican regions of Michoacan, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Guanajuato and Nayarit.
Types of Mexican Tequila Rating
There are several different types of Mexican Tequila which is usually bottled in one of four categories, the best tquila is Anejo and the rating is as follows:
Joven abocado (also called gold) - this is bottled whilst still young but colored to resemble an aged tequila
Plata or Blanco (also known as white, silver or plata) - this "silver" tequilla is bottled after a couple of months with flavoring and coloring added
Reposado - this has been left to age about a year in oak barrels ("rested") before being bottled and may also contain added flavoring and coloring. Some reposados also use the word "gold" on their label
Anejo meaning "aged" or "vintage" from 1 to 3 years in oak barrels before being placed in bottles. The the best anejos is often compared to fine cognacs
Brands of Tequila
There are many brands of Tequila and the most popular brands include:
Popular Brands of Tequila
Tequila Casco Viejo (Aka Casco)
Cabo Wabo Tequila
Don Julio Tequila
Tequila Casco Viejo (Aka Casco) Brand Facts and Information
Casco Viejo (Aka Casco) brand has been produced by a private company owned by the Camarena family which they established in 1938. Casco Viejo is distilled and bottled by Tequila Supremo company on the Camarena family estate.
Sauza Tequila Brand Facts and Information
The Sauza brand is produced by Allied Domecq which was previously known as Allied Lyons. Sauza tequila was named after Don Cenobio Sauza who established the Sauza Distillery in Tequila, Mexico in 1873.
Corazon Tequila Brand Facts and Information
Corazon de Agave literally means "heart of agave". Corazon de Agave Reposado is aged in new Canadian oak barrels for up to one year.
Cabo Wabo Tequila Brand Facts and Information
The Cabo Wabo brand was developed by musicianSammy Hagar who owned a cantina called Cabo Wabo and wanted a specific tequila to serve in his restaurant. Sammy Hagar linked with a small Mexican Tequila maker that had been in operation since 1937 and produced the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand in 1996.
Jose Cuervo Tequila (Aka Tequila Cuervo) Brand Facts and Information
The Jose Cuervo (Aka Cuervo) brand is produced by Tequila Cuervo La Rojena, S.A. de C.V. The history of Jose Cuervo satrted in 1758 when Jose Antonio de Cuervo received a land grant from the King of Spain in the Mexican state of Jalisco where he started to produce mezcal in a small factory on his land. In 1795 one of his descendants, called José María Guadalupe Cuervo, used the original grant of land to build a distillery for tequila production which was later named Fabrica La Rojena. The brand name of Jose Cuervo was used and the company is now owned and run by heirs of the Cuervo family (the Beckmann family).
Don Julio Tequila Brand Facts and Information
The Don Julio brand is produced by Pernod Ricard. Don Julio Reposado is made from 100% blue agave, double distilled and matured in small oak barrels. Don Julio is named after the founder, Don Julio Gonzalez Estrada.
1800 Tequila Brand Facts and Information
The 1800 Tequila brand is produced at the La Rojeña distillery in Tequila, Mexico and was first imported to the U.S. in 1975 by its parent company, Jose Cuervo. 1800 Tequila was named in commemoration of the year in which the first successfully aged drink was produced.
Herradura Tequila Brand Facts and Information
Herradura is the only tequila to be 100% Estate bottled and is the only one allowed to put the word “natural” on the label. The Herradura company has five different brands of tequila including Herradura Silver, Herradura Hacienda del Cristero and Herradura Seleccion Suprema
Tequila Corralejo Brand Facts and Information
The Hacienda where Tequila Corralejo began is centuries old and was the birthplace of Miguel Hidalgo, the father of Mexican Independence. The 250 year old distillery in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Milagro Tequila Brand Facts and Information
Milagro is the ancient recipe which was found buried in the blue agave fields just outside of Guadalajara. Milagro means a miracle or a surprise in Spanish.
Tequila Cazadores Brand Facts and Information
Casadores is double distilled and produced with 100% blue agave in the Loa Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico. Kentucky oak barrels are used to age the drink.
The idea of the tequila worm has given rise to many misunderstandings about the drink which have led people to believe that some tequilas contain a 'worm' in the bottle. The 'worm' in the bottle began as a marketing gimmick in the 1940s. The worm is actually the larval form of the moth Hipopta agavis that lives on the blue agave plant. Finding a 'worm' in the agave plant indicates an infestation and therefore a lower quality product.
Tequila Rose is a strawberry flavoured cream liqueur and tequila. Tequila Rose is a strawberry flavoured cream liqueur and tequila. A recipe for a Tequila Rose cocktail called Rose Tequila Sunset is composed of the following ingredients: 1 oz Tequila Rose, 1/2 oz Melon Liqueur, 1/2 oz Blue Curacao, 1/4 oz Rum, 2 1/2 oz Orange Juice and 2 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice.
Calories in Tequila
The calorie count in Tequila and its nutrition value is as follows:
- Calorie in 1oz Tequila = 64 Calories in 80 Proof Tequilla
- Cholesterol = None
- Saturated fat = None
- Sodium content = Very Low
- Sugar content = None
The downside of Tequila is its high alcohol content.
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