Drinking tequila in Tequila

It is said the national drink of Mexico has magical properties: it closes contracts and opens doors, makes shy people bold and helps form friendships.

The first thing one learns on a tour of Mexico’s tequila country is that no one here drinks tequila as a shooter – it’s better sipped from a brandy snifter or champagne glass so that the full sweet, buttery flavours and aromas of the agave can come through.

An aficionado would never drink anything other than a tequila made from 100 per cent agave. Anything less, like the popular Jose Cuervo Gold, is a “mixto” that by law only has to contain 51 per cent of alcohol distilled from agave. The rest could be any other sugary plant.

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