We share some secrets and curiosities about tequila that will surprise you.
Tequila is undoubtedly the drink with which Mexico is identified in the rest of the world; However, it was not present in our culture until after the conquest. It was until the 16th century that the distillation process was introduced by the spanish conquerors of the colonial era. In the same century, the Marquis of Altamira began producing tequila in masses and also in the same period King Carlos IV gave permission to the Cuervo family to market tequila. Since then, this drink is part of our parties, traditions and weekends.
We tell you five secrets so that you know more about this centennial drink:
1. Tequila is a blue agave distillate that has a designation of origin, so it can only be called “tequila” if it is produced in Jalisco, Nayarit, Guanajuato, Michoacán and Tamaulipas.
2. There are two types of tequila: pure and non-pure. Pure tequila contains 100% sugars derived from agave, while the other type of distillate can only be named tequila if it contains 51% agave sugars.
3. When coming from the agave plant, tequila is low in calories, it also helps decrease appetite and dissolve fat. A caballito of tequila is excellent for the diet, the problem is to mix it with carbonated drinks or juices.
4. Tequila has various medicinal properties. It is a good remedy for the flu since it acts as a pain reliever and throat cauterizer. The recipe is to mix tequila with fresh lemon juice. It is also good to take a caballito of tequila if you have insomnia, it helps to relax the muscles.
5. The common name for the glass in which we drink tequila is “caballito”. This one got its name when the ranchers carried a hanging glass to serve the distillate they took to horseback riding. When asked what the glass was for, they answered “for the tequila in the horse.”