National Tequila Day

National Tequila Day

National Tequila Day History

National Tequila Day is dedicated to recognizing Tequila, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the blue agave plant and the main alcohol in a margarita.  Blue agave plants produce sugars such as fructose, which are ideal for preparing tequila.  The plant only grows in the rich and sandy soil of Jalisco, Mexico at altitudes of 1,500 meters.  

To make tequila, the heart or piña of the plant is removed when the plant is approximately 12 years old, and weighs around 40-90kg.  The heart is then heated to extract sap which is fermented and distilled into tequila.  According to history, the Aztecs created fermented beverages from the agave plant prior to arrival of Spaniards in 1521.  The origins of National Tequila Day are not well understood,  however, it appears that National Tequila Day began to emerge around the late 1990s. This holiday is celebrated every year on July 24.

National Tequila Day Facts & Quotes

  • Hollywood celebrities have ventured into the tequila industry.  Here are some celebrities who have created their own tequila brands:
    Justin Timberlake: 901 Silver Tequila
    Carlos Santana: Casa Noble Tequila (Sold ownership in 2014)
    Vince Neil: Tres Rios Tequila
    Sammy Hagar: Cabo Wabo Tequila
    George Clooney: Casamigos Tequila
  • According to Guinness World Records, the most expensive bottle of tequila was worth $225,000 in 2006.  The Platinum & White Gold Tequila bottle was sold by Tequila Ley .925 to a private collector.  The tequila was harvested from 100% blue agave plants that had been aged 6 years.
  • As per the Official Mexican Standard for Tequila (NOM-006-SCFI-2005), the alcohol content of tequila ranges from 35-55%.
  • As per the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (Tequila Regulatory Council), Mexico produced 118.9 million liters of 100% pure agave tequila, of which 77.9 million liters were exported.
  • I wanted to do my part to help preserve that golden age of travel… I step aboard the Patron Tequila Express railcar, and I go back in time to the days when a long journey was something fun and very special. - Billionaire John Paul DeJoria, Owner of the Patron Spirits Company

National Tequila Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Try the World's Best Tequila.  Winner of the World's Best Tequila Award 2015, 1800 Anejo is produced by La Rojena.
  • Attend a tequila festival.  Here are some popular ones to consider:
    1) Day of the Dead Tequila Festival
    2) South Florida Tequila Festival
    3) Northwest Tequila Fest
    4) Texas Tequila and Margarita Festival
    5) Tequila & Taco Music Festival 2016
  • Tour tequila distilleries along the tequila trail in Jalisco, Mexico. The distilleries offer insight into the production process and offer ample opportunity to sample a variety of tequilas.
  • Try different categories of tequila.  These include:
    1) Blanco (white) tequila which is unaged or has been aged for less than two months.
    2) Joven (gold) tequila which is unaged silver tequila that is flavored with either caramel coloring or sugar-derived syrups, etc.
    3) Resposado tequila which has been aged for a minimum of two months but less than 1 year in oak barrels.
    4) Anejo tequila which has been aged for at least 1 year, but less than 3 years in oak barrels.
    5) Extra Anejo tequila which has been aged for at least 3 years.
  • Try a tequila twist in your favorite recipes.  Many recipes can be infused with tequila, for example:
    1) Citrus and tequila infused cupcakes.  Add some citrus zest and sprinkles of tequila to the cupcake frosting.
    2) Tequila glazed chicken.  Just add a few spoons of tequila to your favorite chicken glaze recipe.
    3) Barbecued tequila and lime pork spareribs.  Add lime and tequila to an overnight sparerib marinade.

National Tequila Day References and Related Sites

Anthony Dias Blue (2004). The Complete Book of Spirits. HarperCollins
Don Julio: Tequila
History.com: Jalisco
History.com: Cinco de Mayo
www.tequila.net: Tequila Regulations
Guiness Records: Most Expensive Tequila Bottle

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