Updated: May 20
Everyone is familiar with tequila. Most people have had tequila at some point. A few people probably have a story about drinking tequila. But there are things about tequila that many people don’t know. Read on to learn all about tequila- its history, the different types, and of course how to enjoy drinking tequila.
THE HISTORY OF TEQUILA
Tequila is probably the most well-known spirit from Mexico, but there are many interesting facts about tequila that are not common knowledge. Tequila has been around for centuries and it’s the first distilled drink and first commercially produced alcohol in North America. However, it didn’t start as the tequila that we know today.
Tequila is a distilled alcohol made from the succulent plant called agave. The agave plant, also known as a maguey plant, has many uses other than just making alcohol. Its leaves are used to make a fiber which is then made into many things, including clothing rope, and paper. The agave plant is also used to make sugar, agave nectar, which is a syrup-like sweetener.
The Aztecs harvested the sap from agave plants and fermented the liquid into a milky drink called pulque. Pulque is a distant ancestor to tequila. The first evidence of pulque in history dates all the way back to 200 A.D. where pulque appeared in drawings on cave walls. This drink was so important to the Aztecs and their culture that they even worshipped gods of alcohol, similar to the Ancient Greeks. These two gods were Mayahuel, the goddess of the agave plant, and her husband Patecatl, the god of pulque. Needless to say, pulque was a prized part of the Aztec culture.
Many centuries later, in the 1500s, the Spanish arrived in North America and first distilled agave. It was common in Europe to drink alcohol with meals because the water was not clean and therefore was unsafe to drink. As their supply of alcohol, such as brandy, started to dwindle, the Span