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Spotlight on Liquor: How is Tequila Made?

TequilaTequila may be a traditional Mexican liquor, but it has established itself in America as the party liquor. In fact, Americans consume over 50 million liters of tequila per year – holy margarita. Tequila is actually one of the better liquors for you, though, and if it’s 100% blue agave, it’s even gluten free. More agave also means a much tamer hangover. There are tequila events all over the country and entire bars dedicated to its cousin, mezcal. If we haven’t sold you on tequila yet, it’s because you probably haven’t tried it. Have you ever wondered how tequila is made? It’s a pretty cool process.

First thing’s first. To be called tequila, the liquor has to be made from the blue agave plant, primarily found in the Jalisco region of Mexico. If a liquor is less than 51% blue agave, it’s not tequila. Blue agave plants take about 8-10 years to mature and are usually grown on large plantations. Harvesters, known as jimadors, harvest the blue agave plant and extract the piña from the center. This is what is used to make tequila once they’ve been put through pressure cookers and their liquids have been extracted.

Fermentation comes next. The liquid ferments anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on the piña and a few other factors. Fermentation requires yeast, water, and sugar. Once the fermentation has completed, the liquid must be distilled in a double distillation process – the makers of tequila don’t mess around with this. Different types of tequila take longer to age and distill. Your typical silver or white tequila is diluted with water before it’s bottled so that it’s only 80 proof. Reposado ages for at least two months, and in order to be called extra añejo tequila (the best of the best), it must be stored in white oak barrels for at least 3 years.

Once the specific brand of tequila is ready for consumption, it’s bottled and sent out internationally for people to enjoy. Tequila is a centuries old tradition that maintains its Mexican roots and heritage today – when you go to Mexico, tequila is considered to be an upscale drink. Make sure you learn a little bit about different types of tequila before you go!

Come on in to CVP Towson and try our Ultimate Margarita, featuring Patron Silver or try a shot with friends. We’ve got multiple tequila options. Why not ask your bartender what he or she recommends? Charles Village Pub is located at 19 w. Pennsylvania Avenue, Towson, MD 21204. If you need directions or are curious about upcoming events, our website contains all the information you need or you can give us a call at 410.821.8155

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Sources: Tequila Facts For National Tequila Day, How is Tequila Made?