National Tequila Day History
National Tequila Day is dedicated to recognizing Tequila, a distilled alcohol made from the blue agave plant. Tequila is the main alcohol ingredient 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 Observance is celebrated every year on July 24.
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National Tequila Day References and Related SitesAnthony Dias Blue (2004). The Complete Book of Spirits. HarperCollins Don Julio: Tequila History.com: Jalisco History.com: Cinco de Mayo www.worldtequilaawards.com: World Tequila Awards www.tequila.net: Tequila Regulations Guiness Records: Most Expensive Tequila Bottle