Tequila has maintained its worldwide reputation as a festive drink to be enjoyed with lime and salt, or in a smooth cocktail, such as Tequila Sunrise. But there are other ways to order tequila! We tell you how to order tequila when you’re in Mexico!
In Mexico, there are more popular and sophisticated ways to drink tequila. Tequila is a member of the Mexican agave family of spirits, just like mezcal, raicilla, bacanora and many other spirits! It is a protected denomination since 1974, and interestingly, its production is limited to five regions of the country, the main one being Jalisco. Tequila is made exclusively from a single variety of agave, the Tequilana Weber, or Mexican blue agave.
Ordering tequila, or a derecho as it is called in Mexico, is still the most popular way to order this drink, even in Mexico. Nevertheless, before choosing and ordering tequila, it is important to have a clear idea of what you are looking for beforehand. Just as there are single malt scotch whiskies and blended whiskies, there are also different types of tequilas. As a general rule, premium tequila is made from 100% agave, while less refined tequilas are made from 51% agave mixed with sugar cane juice.
Four different ages
The aging process of tequila also creates different types of alcohol, and tastes.
Blanco or Plata Tequila
Blanco or plata (white or silver) tequila is the unaged or barely aged spirit before being bottled. This harder and bolder tequila is best paired with olives or Oaxacan cheese at an aperitif.
The Reposado, or rested tequila, is aged in barrels for at least two months, which tends to give it a fruitier note. It is an ideal tequila to drink with or after a plate of seafood.
The Añejo (vintage tequila) is aged for at least a year and has complex, nutty or cherry aromas.
Extra Añejo (extra aged) tequila is one that has been aged for a minimum of three years in barrels. This category captures the flavors and aromas of the wood, while the alcohol softens gently. Tequila lovers often like to pair this premium grade with a dessert such as chocolate mousse or honey caramelized apricot.
Tequila should never be chilled but always stored at room temperature. The best spirits can be enjoyed on their own, although a spoonful of mineral water can enhance the experience.