Everyone’s favorite agave-based spirit celebrated it’s own National Holiday this past weekend, and margarita lovers around the world are still rejoicing.
But what if margaritas aren’t your style, and you’re looking for other ways to enjoy this classic spirit? What if you’ve never tried tequila and are unsure where to start? Let’s take a quick look at tequila, including its different forms, and check out some popular cocktails that use tequila in unique and delicious ways.
A Brief Background on Tequila
Tequila is a liquor made from the blue agave plants found in various Mexican locations, primarily Jalisco.
It’s a form of mezcal, which is an umbrella term describing a broad range of spirits made from different types of agave plants. The agave is steamed in ovens for tequila but roasted for mezcal, adding a smokiness.
The 3 Most Common Types of Tequila and Why People Love Them
Most margarita drinkers are familiar with Blanco tequila, a clear liquor that mixes well with lots of fruity flavors. This type of tequila is purely distilled from blue agave and isn’t aged.
Another popular type of tequila is Reposado, aged in oak barrels for anywhere from two months to one year. The aging process brings out the natural flavors of the beverage. Reposado can be used in margaritas or enjoyed on its own in a shot or on the rocks.
Añejo is the last of the three common types of tequila. This liquor is aged in barrels for significantly longer than Reposado — approximately one to three years on average. You can even find Extra Añejo, which is tequila that’s been aged for over three years.
Tequila offers distinct flavors that appeal to different people, depending on where it is in the aging process. Some even enjoy the less common Joven tequila, which combines aged and unaged tequilas to create a golden color and unique taste profile.
Beyond Margaritas: Unique Ways to Drink Tequila
Whether you’re a margarita fan or not, it’s fun to try out new beverage combinations once in a while. One of the most popular non-margarita tequila cocktails is the Tequila Sunrise. This fruity yet refreshing drink combines tequila, grenadine, and orange juice.
Another option is the Paloma, a classic Mexican combination that combines tequila and grapefruit soda for a crisp and tangy treat. If you’re feeling fancy, you could even swap out the grapefruit soda for fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and sparkling water.
Share How You Tequila on Instagram
At the end of the day, a fun holiday like National Tequila Day is just as much about sharing quality time with loved ones as it is about the beverage itself. Instagram is a great place to share your favorite tequila cocktail recipes and connect with other fans of this Mexican specialty.