Tequila in Mexico: What to Know

Tequila in Mexico

Tequila is one of Mexico’s most important and popular exports. This delicious liquor was first introduced in Tequila, Jalisco in the 16th century. Pulque, a fermented beverage that was made using the agave plant, dates back to pre-Columbian times in Mexico centuries before the Europeans invaded. Do you love tequila and Mexico? Have you thought about investing in luxury real estate in Mexico? If so, consider Villa La Estancia which is located in the exclusive Nuevo Vallarta neighborhood in Riviera Nayarit. They have elegant beachfront residences for sale that come with the added benefit of resort-quality amenities and services. Keep reading below to learn more about the history of tequila. Who knows, maybe you can enjoy a nice tequila in your new home in Mexico before you know it! 

Pulque: Aztec Origins of Tequila  

The Aztecs who lived in ancient Mexico began fermenting the agave plant to create a milky alcoholic liquid known as pulque between 1000 B.C. through 200 A.D. Created using the sap of the agave plant, Aztec people even worshipped two Gods that had a unique relationship to pulque. Mayahuel was the first Aztec God who was the goddess of the plant. Her husband Patecatl was the second God associated with pulque who was worshipped as well. In 200 A.D., drawings depicting pulque appeared on stone walls found in the area. Centuries later, pulque was transformed into tequila when Spain invaded Mexico.  

The Spanish Helped to Create Mezcal and Tequila 

When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in Mexico in the 1400s and 1500s, the fermentation process of pulque underwent a transformation. The Spanish invaders’ favorite drink was brandy which was difficult to find in the area. Therefore, they created a new liquor called mezcal using the agave plant and mud. Did you know that tequila is technically a type of mezcal? The difference is that tequila must be made exclusively from the blue agave plant, and various types of agave plants can be used to make mezcal. Later during the 1500s, the Spanish government opened trade operations between Mexico and Manila. This allowed mezcal and alcohol to be more easily traded around the world. Later, the largest Mexican distillery was constructed in the 1600s in Tequila, Jalisco. 

Modern Tequila in Mexico 

In Mexico in 1758, the Cuervo family began distilling tequila commercially. More than 100 years later in 1873, the Sauza family was able to successfully identify the blue agave plant as the best choice for producing high-quality tequila. Half a century later in Tijuana, the first margarita was created by an Irish bar owner named Madden.  At that time, Americans would travel down to Mexico to get alcohol during the prohibition. In fact, Tijuana had more than 100 bars in town during the 1920s. An American journalist named James Graham and his wife were vacationing in Mexico and stopped at Madden’s bar in Tijuana. Madden created the Tequila Daisy, which is believed to be the first margarita for Graham’s wife. Also, the first margarita recipe was published in Esquire Magazine in 1953, further increasing the popularity of the margarita. Today, it is still one of the most popular drinks in the USA and worldwide. 

Tequila Must be Made in Mexico  

In the year of 1974, tequila was officially given the status of the intellectual property of Mexico. This meant that tequila can only be produced in Mexico. As a result, other countries are prohibited from legally producing tequila. Tequila can only be made in the state of Jalisco, and a few municipalities in the neighboring states of Tamaulipas, Guanajuato, Nayarit, and Michoacan. In order to ensure that only high-quality tequila is being produced, a Tequila Regulatory Council was also created. Remember, tequila is a liquor made from only the blue agave plant, and this alcohol is mainly produced in Tequila, Jalisco.


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