National Tequila Day | Another Great Excuse To Drink With Your Friends!
No matter how you like to drink your tequila, today is the day to enjoy some! Dubbed National Tequila Day, July 24th brings joy to those who love all things tequila. Restaurants all over the country observe the holiday with discounts on margaritas, the most popular tequila based drink in the United States, and other tequila based drinks. So grab your friends, grab a bottle and some limes, and have a drink! Salud!
What is tequila? Tequila is a distilled spirit made from the fermented and cooked juice of the blue agave plant. Produced in 5 different areas of Mexico, tequila gets its name from the city of Tequila. While there are over 160 different species of agave, the Weber Blue agave is the only one that can be used to make tequila.
Main types of Tequila:
- Blanco (white) or plata (silver) – usually bottled immediately at the conclusion of distillation or rested in stainless steel or neutral oak barrels. This allows for oxidization for up to two months. These have a bold taste and are commonly used in cocktails.
- Joven (young) or Oro (gold) – sometimes blends of un-aged and aged tequilas but more commonly un-aged tequilas produced in the same way as blancos. They carry a golden hue from the use of coloring and flavoring additives.
- Reposado (rested) – aged in oak barrels or vats called “pipones”. They age in these barrels from two months, to a year. Reposado is great for cocktails, or a casual sipper.
- Añejo – must be aged in oak casks with a maximum capacity of 600 liters for between one and three years. These often have a toasty, vanilla and citrus flavor.
- Extra Añejo – must be aged at least three years in oak barrels. The barrels must have a maximum capacity of 600 liters. These generally produce more of a smoky flavored liquor. They are often compared to fine French Cognacs with similar price tags.
Read more at Decanter about the types of tequila.
What tequila should you choose?
After doing a bit of research, both in the field and online, I have been able to compile a small list of tequilas ranging in cost and quality for you to enjoy this National Tequila Day with! Please note- This list is more geared toward the average person, who cannot go out and casually drink $50 shots of high end tequila.
This higher end tequila is incredibly smooth! Don Julio is the largest brand in value in the tequila market, and 8th in production. You can pick up a bottle for around $50. Aged in old Kentucky bourbon barrels, this tequila has a unique and smooth taste extracted from the wood.
A common tequila, not overly expensive, but not a “well” brand. This is actually one of my favorite “go-to” tequilas. Aged for 60 days in an oak barrel, Camarena tequila has a soft, vanilla flavor. It’s not overpowering, makes great cocktails, and is smooth enough for the rocks. You can grab a bottle of this for around $20.
You may have heard of this popular high end tequila. Started in 1989, Patron has skyrocketed to the top of the industry. The bottle is sleek, sexy, and iconic. Celebrities endorse it. Made with 100% agave, this tequila is a favorite all over the country! If you want a nice(r) tequila to enjoy without completely breaking the bank, Patron is a fantastic option. You can get a bottle of Patron for about $60.
This premium brand tequila has been in the industry for over 125 years! Made with 100% agave, you get a smooth, high quality tequila with every pour. This gold world champion reposado tequila is medium bodied and features aromas of lemon, honey, grass and vanilla followed by a delicious citrus flavor. You can get this bottle for around $40.
If you go to almost any liquor store, you will almost assuredly find Jose Cuervo tequila in stock. This tequila is almost as popular as Bud Light to Americans, and you’ll find it at nearly every restaurant with a bar in it. Why? Because Jose is one of the most balanced and versatile tequilas that you can even buy. Jose offers multiple levels of their product from gold, to silver, to anejo. Each of these makes for a fantastic margarita! You can get a bottle of Jose Cuervo for about $15.
Now that you are a tequila expert, you can fully enjoy the National Tequila Day with your friends and family. Whether you want to simply have some tequila to sip on, or a full on margarita, you can choose confidently your tequila. By understanding the different types and flavors of tequila, you can decide which tequilas bring the most value to your drinking experience, and you can impress your friends!