2000 years ago, this spirit was used during rituals in Central America. Today, people all over the world devour tequila. Originated in the town of Tequila, Mexico, this spirit became commercialized by Jose Cuervo. After World War II, tequila became international.
Tequila is made by distilling the fermented juices of the blue agave plant with water. The agave plant is ready to be harvested for tequila production after 7 to 10 years of growing. The plant produces a large bulb called a pina, which looks similar to a pineapple. The pina is quartered, slowly baked in steam until all starches are converted to sugars. It is then crushed in order to extract the sweet juices, which are then fermented. According to Mexican law, all tequila must contain at least 51% Weber blue agave. Really good tequila is 100% Weber blue agave and will be clearly marked on the bottle. Tequilas that are not 100% agave are considered mixtos because they are blended with sugar and water during distillation.
5 types of tequila
Blanco, Silver, or white tequila:
Clear spirit that can be either 100% agave or mixto. These have the rawest taste of agave available and a notable earthy flavor. Silver tequila is primarily used for mixing and is perfect for almost any tequila cocktail. This is your best option for quality tequila that is affordable.
Usually responsible for many bad experiences. These tequilas are unaged and are typically mixtos and have been colored with caramel and other additives. If you are going to drink gold tequila, your best bet is in a flavored cocktail.
These are aged in wood casks for a minimum of 2 months. The flavors mellow and a soft oak flavor enhance the agave’s flavor and color. This is great sipping tequila.
This tequila is aged in French oak for a minimum of 1 year to produce a dark, very robust spirit. Anejo tequilas tend to be very smooth with a nice balance of agave and oak but can be very expensive.
This tequila spends over 4 years in barrels. You will want to save this one fro straight sipping, enjoy every second of the experience due to its premium pricing.
Stop in at Lloyd’s Chicago on your way to Union Station or after viewing a performance at Chicago’s Lyric Opera House for some tequila cocktails! Lloyd’s Chicago specializes in American comfort food and offers banquet facilities for your next wedding, business, or casual get together. See you soon!