10 Awesome Facts about Tequila
Whether you love it or hate it, Tequila has a distinctive flavour that adds a punch to cocktails and mixers, which is why it has become one of the most popular liquors on the market. There’s no doubt that this famous drink has a few facts. Hey, they might even persuade you to start off the weekend with the shot or a refreshing cocktail. Don’t feel guilty.. It’s science, after all. 1. Tequila is made from the Blue Agave plant. The Blue Agave plant originates from regions of Southwestern USA, Mexico some varieties are grown in the tropical areas of South America. Just tell people you're visiting there to do *research*. 2. Blue Agave plants grow large before cut and made into Tequila. The plants are known as succulents, similar looking to aloe vera (if you were to supersize them, that is) growing for seven to fourteen years before the agave juice is extracted and then made into Tequila. How many years do you think it'll take for hipsters to try and get some to make their rooms look pretty? 3. Tequila is a liquor that will never go out of fashion. Every year, the best tequilas in the world are rated. Last year (2016), some of the top perros on the list were Don Julio, Ocho, Tapatio, Patron and Herradura, which we serve at Dive NQ on its own, mixed or as a boilermaker. A boilermaker is a shot of tequila and an alcoholic drink straight afterwards which is a recipe for a good night. 4. The Pina (or heart) is where to find the agave juice. They have a very similar pattern to the outside of a pineapple but they are completely different. The pina of the agave plant is absolutely massive and can weigh between 5-14 stone, which can be more than some people weigh in their entire lives.. So it’s safe to say you can get a fair bit of juice from it. 5. It’s perfect for Vegans. Instead of honey, Vegans can use Agave syrup as an alternative. Sweet in taste and with a slightly runnier consistency than honey, it’s perfect to spread on toast or add to an iced tea during the summer. Get onto Pinterest and have a look at some recipe ideas if you'd like this animal-friendly option. 6. Tequila became popular in the 1950s. Thanks to legendary singer Bing Crosby who adored Herradura Tequila. He enjoyed the taste so much that he persuaded this friend and fellow actor Phil Harris to try and get it to the United States. Luckily, they ended up successfully importing it into their country and Herradura ended up being the very first 100% blue agave liquor available to buy and drink in the USA. Cheers, Bing. 7. If you’re really classy (don't kid yourself, though), you can drink tequila from a special glass. Similar to wine, whisky and other liquor enthusiasts, Tequila is poured into a glass that helps them smell the blue agave. Instead of taking a shot, some people prefer to take their time to enjoy the sweet flavours. We see the point of this, but we think on a Friday night, tequila makes a great shot followed by a Mexican beer to gets things started. We don't mess around, thank you very much. 8. It’s great if there is a sudden apocalypse. Have you ever feared the end of the world? If you have, then a bottle of tequila needs to be your trusty companion for when everything goes downhill. Unopened, it can last for years and even if it’s opened, the taste will still be unaffected for a month or two. So when you’re hiding away from the zombies in a bunker, you take a shot and almost feel like there’s not a worry in the world. Forget the tins of soup. 9. It’s great after a huge pizza. If you’ve slightly overindulged (haven’t we all?) and your stomach isn’t feeling the best, a shot of tequila could be the answer. Thankfully, tequila can help break down some dietary fat in your system, which then can lower your levels of bad cholesterol in your body. Even better? A clean shot as a dessert can help your digestion, which is perfect if you’ve had a bit too much to eat. 10. They look like Aloe Vera or Cactus, but they are far from it. Funnily enough, Tequila actually belongs to the lily family, so don’t be fooled by the appearance of its long leaves grown in humid environments Why not visit Dive NQ and choose from a variety of 11 tequilas as a boilermaker with a bottle of Corona?