Alcoholic beverages have existed for a long time now. We people drink different kinds of such beverages like wine, beer, vodka, gin, and tequila. In particular, tequila is a beverage that a lot of people want because of the feeling that it gives to people after drinking some. In this article, let us discuss a unique celebration called the National Tequila Day. July 24 is the National Tequila Day so grab your salt and lime.
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What is the National Tequila Day?
This day is celebrated to recognize tequila which is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from a plant called blue agave. The tequila is also the main content of the alcoholic beverage called margarita. The blue agave plant produces sugars one of which is fructose – a compound popular for making tequila. This plant only grows in Jalisco, Mexico at altitudes of 1,500 meters in rich and sandy soil.
Making tequila is not really too difficult of a concept. The heart of the plant is removed when it is approximately 12 years old and also when it weights between 40 to 90 kilograms. The heart is heated so as to extract sap from it. the sap is then fermented and then distilled. The resulting liquid is the tequila.
And so during the celebration of the day, many people consume tequila. Hence, the tequila makers become very busy before this special day.
History of national Tequila Day
Historians report that the ones who first created fermented beverages out of the agave plant were the Aztecs long before the arrival of Spaniards in their regions in 1521. However, the origin of the National Tequila day is not very much understood. But it appears that the celebration of this day emerged in the late 1990s. Each year, such celebration is held on the 24th of July.
When is National Tequila Day?
As mentioned already, the National Tequila Day is always celebrated on July 24 of each year. Hence, this year, the event will be held on July 24, 2019.
Celebration of National Tequila Day
There are so many things people do during this special day. if you want to join in on the celebration then you should also learn some activities that you can conduct in order to celebrate the day to the max.
The World’s Best Tequila
Perhaps you can try the World’s Best tequila. Such product is called the 1800 Anejo which is produced by La Rojena. It won the World’s Best Tequila Award in 2015. It has become popular. So you should try this one.
Tequila Festival Participation
You can also try to attend a tequila festival. There are so many kinds that are held perhaps in your area or internationally. Some of the most popular ones include Day of the Dead Tequila Festival, South Florida Tequila Festival, Northwest Tequila Fest, Texas Tequila and Margarita Festival, and Tequila and Taco Music Festival.
Tequila Factories Visitation
If you are curious in how tequilas are made, then you can try to visit tequila distilleries in Jalisco, Mexico. This is fun especially if you are an alcoholic beverage enthusiast. In such distilleries, you can learn how the tequila is processed and produced and you can also grab the opportunity to test a variety of different kinds of tequilas.
Different Kinds of Tequilas
Just like other kinds of alcoholic beverages, tequilas also come in a lot of varieties. The National Tequila Day is a perfect day for you to taste these varieties. For instance, you can try the blanco tequila which is an unaged version of tequila. You may also want to try joven tequila which is an unaged tequila but is flavored with sweets like caramel, syrup, and sugar. If you want a minimally aged tequila then you can perhaps try resposado tequila which is aged for about two to twelve months in oak barrels. You can try an older version of that called anejo tequila which is aged for about 1 to 3 years. The most aged kind is the Extra Anejo tequila which is aged for a minimum of 3 years.
Perhaps you already know that when you drink tequila, it comes with some ingredients like lime and salt. The tequila day then gives you the opportunity to try out other ingredients as well to pair up with tequila.