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When Alice fell down the rabbit hole things got “curiouser and curiouser” and during a recent trip to Mexico and the lovely city of Guadalajara I had no idea what was in store for me when the good people of Cuervo Tequila took me under their agave leaf and shared some very exciting “secrets”.
Alcohol, booze and spirits all names that are “proof” that if you can mix it, blend it and for those daring souls make it into a Jell-O shot the world of adult libations offers a tall glass of possibilities better than any tea party the Madhatter could ever invent.
So why after the first lightening bolt struck the agave root and in a burst of heat and flames proved this plant had some very “interesting” qualities does Tequila still bring with it an air of mystery and it’s fair share of, “I know I can order a shot, but what else can I do with it?” Reputation.
The answers are hidden not so secretly where Pop Culture and a good party converge to create a delicious splash in the name of Tequila!
Some fun facts:
Was there really a person named Jose Cuervo?
Yes, Jose Cuervo was the first Tequila producer, obtaining the land from the King of Spain in 1758, before Mexico even became an independent republic.
Where is Jose Cuervo Tequila made?
All Jose Cuervo is made in the central Mexican Town of Tequila in the state of Jalisco.
What is Tequila made from?
Real Tequila is made from a plant called “Blue Agave” and is not a cactus as some believe but instead, part of the Lily family.
How long does it take for the Agave plant to reach maturity?
“Blue Agave” takes anywhere from 6 to 12 years to mature. This is when the plants reach their peak in sugars and will yield the most Tequila.
Feeling just shy of a Tequila expert? Just a few more words to keep you a favorite to win Jeopardy! or at the very least be first string for Trivia Pursuit…
Anejo:Translated from Spanish means “aged”. In “Tequila Talk” that is referring to the process of aging it in oak barrels for at least a year.
Reposado: Literally means “rested”, as Tequilla must be rested in wood barrels for a minimum of two months.
So, if “ugly is the new pretty”, “green is the new black” and “Twitter is the new Facebook” then like Alice, as we peer through the looking glass; Tequila, Cuervo style is the new Vodka in so many mouth-watering ways.
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