Tequila is an alcoholic drink made from a plant called blue agave, discovered in 18th century. This plant grows in the Mexican state Jalisco – mainly around city called Tequila, and some surrounding areas. The agaves harvested in highlands are sweeter in comparison to the ones from lowlands. Tequila is distilled from juice which is taken from the heart of plant which is first peeled, roasted and then crushed.
Tequila is sorted into 4 main categories, depending on how long its aged: blanco for less than 2 months; reposado between 2 and 12 months; anejo between 1 and 3 years; extra-anejo for more than 3 years.
There are various ways of drinking Tequila. In Mexico it is usually served neat – just tequila shot, in other countries are shots served with salt and slice of lemon. There are also a lot of cocktails made with tequila. Here are few of them:
Bloody Maria – tequila, horseradish, Tabasco sauce, tomato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper
Frostbite – tequila, blue Curacao, white crème de cacao, cream
Long Island Iced Tea – tequila, cola, gin, rum, triple sec, sour mix, vodka
Margarita – tequila, lemon or lime juice, triple sec
- Lowers blood sugar – tequila contains sugar called agavina, which when consumed increases the production of Insulin
- It can help with treating common cold
- Helps with digestion
- Drinking tequila before sleep aids you to sleep better and peacefully
- Helps with weight loss – due to sugar called agavina drinking Tequila in moderation can help you to lose weight
- Can help to avoid creation of kidney stones
- It serves as a drug delivery system – tequila protects drugs from acid in stomach and helps them reach intestines. As a result the drugs are more effective.
- Helps relieve pain – it helps to dilate the blood vessels which leads to a better blood flow. It can also help relieve tension and mild headache.
- Can help with detoxication of your body
- Helps improve your mood by increasing the amount of endorphins in the brain