National Tequila Day is celebrated on July 24th. On this day, you can show your love for this well-known Mexican spirit by sharing tequila bottles with friends or making your own cocktails to enjoy with homies and publishing a photo on social media with the hashtag #nationaltequiladay. Come July 24th, let’s join Drinkies to have more insight into this festive day and rock your day with 5 great-tasting tequila cocktail recipes.

National Tequila Day is on the way. What’s even cooler than opening a small discussion with friends about different Tequila bottles and their signature notes? In order to better embrace the spirit of the day, it’s advisable to have a more basic understanding of the drink. 

What is Tequila?

What is Tequila

Simply explained, tequila is the national alcoholic beverage of Mexico and is made from the blue agave plant. It is exclusively produced in the area around the town of Tequila in the Jalisco region of Mexico. Originally known as mezcal wine, there are several types of tequila, including:

  • Blanco tequila: This is a white unaged tequila distilled from the blue Weber agave and is hailed as one of the best savory tequila in Mexico
  • Joven tequila: This tequila style is is an unaged golden version with either sugar syrup or caramel flavoring.
  • Tequila reposado: This tequila style is aged in oak barrels for at least 2 months (up to 1 year).
  • Anejo tequila: the tequila is matured in oak barrels for 1 to 3 years.
  • Tequila Extra Anejo: This style calls for at least 3 years of aging and maturing in oak barrels.

The history of tequila production

The history of tequila production

Around the year 250, the Aztecs made an alcoholic drink called pulque. This drink was made from the fermented juices of a plant called the maguey - a cousin of the agave—which is a predecessor to tequila. Tequila, as we know it today, is distilled, unlike pulque, and was likely made by the Spanish colonists when they invaded South America. In the early 1600s, Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle, an aristocrat and is hailed as "The Father of Tequila", began the first distillery in Tequila, Jalisco.

In 1974, the Mexican government declared this alcoholic drink the intellectual property of Mexico, and that tequila can be produced exclusively in certain Mexican states, namely Jalisco, Nayarit, Michoacán, Guanajuato, and Tamaulipas. A tequila regulatory council (the Consejo Regulador de Tequila, or CRT) was established to maintain tequila production standards (like agave content, ABV content, aging time, and ingredients).

How to make tequila

How to make tequila

As mentioned before, tequila is made from the Weber blue agave plant, which is a large succulent plant with long, spiked leaves similar to aloe vera. Within the core of this blue agave plant is a small bulb called the piña. This bulb is harvested, baked, and juiced, and the juice is then fermented with yeast in barrels to make tequila. Below are key steps in making a bottle of tequila: 

  1. Harvest the agave. To harvest the plant, a special knife named a coa is used to cut the leaves on the plant away from the underground piña bulb.
  2. Bake the piña. The piña bulb is baked in order to extract its residual sugars. Traditionally, piñas bulbs were baked in pits lined filled with rocks, but today, they’re baked in either brick or clay ovens called hornos, or large stainless steel ovens.
  3. Shred the piña bulb and extract the agave juice. After the piña bulbs are baked, they are crushed into small pieces and shredded to extract the sweet juice inside, which is called mosto. There are two ways to extract Mosto: by using an industrial mechanical shredder (the most common modern way for mass production), or by the traditional method of opting for a tahona, a large stone wheel that crushes and juices the piña bulbs.
  4. Ferment the mosto. Next, the mosto is fermented into ethyl alcohol in order to become a spirit. During the process, yeast and water are added depending on the personal style of each distiller. This process uses either large wooden barrels or large stainless steel tanks.
  5. Distill the fermented mosto. The mosto is then distilled, which aims to purify the liquid and concentrate the alcohol in the mixture. As for a standard tequila, there are two stages of distillation: the first one produces a cloudy liquid called the ordinario and the second one results in the clear silver tequila, which is ready to be aged and bottled.
  6. Age the tequila. Finally, all tequila will be aged for at least 14 to 21 days. Depending on the types of drink that the distillers wish to produce, the aging stage could take from 2 months to over 3 years in oak barrels.  

Best sipping Tequila on National Tequila Day 2021

National Tequila Day began in the United States and Mexico and is today honored with a variety of tequila events and tours of tequila distilleries along the Jalisco tequila trail. Due to the increasing popularity of the drink, the celebration has also been embraced in the United Kingdom in recent years. Here are the top 5 tequila bottles that are totally worth a look to celebrate National Tequila Day.

1800 Reposado tequila

1800 Reposado tequila is made with 8-12-year-old 100% Weber blue agave that has been aged in American and French oak barrels for at least six months. The finishing process imparts a bit of smokiness to this rich liquor. Besides, it also has flavors of buttery caramel, mild spices, and toasted coconut flavors. The oak barrel aging technique results in a sweet, then dry, well-rounded finish. It's great in a cocktail or on the rocks.

  • ABV: 40%
  • Price at Drinkies.ph: 1450PHP
1800 Reposado tequila

Tears of Llorona No. 3 extra Añejo Tequila

This rare Extra Aejo crafted from pure Weber blue agave takes inspiration from some of your other favorite nightcaps for a really unique drinking experience. Each batch is distilled using copper pots and aged in barrels previously used for Spanish brandy, Islay scotch, and Spanish sherry for a seductively complex flavor profile.

  • ABV: 43%
  • Average price:  11511 PHP
Tears of Llorona No. 3 extra Añejo Tequila

Patron XO Cafe

Patron XO Cafe is a unique blend of ultra-premium tequila with the pure essence of the finest coffee. The flavor is dry rather than sweet, as is typical of most low-proof coffee liqueurs. Also, the greater proof enhances the flavor of the coffee essence and ultra-quality tequila. It's great for sipping, as a premium ingredient in a cocktail, or as a unique and tasty dessert topping.

  • ABV: 35%
  • Price at Drinkies: 1399PHP

Tequila rose

Tequila Rose is a cream liqueur from Mexico. It's made with strawberry cream liqueur and tequila. The tequila is quite light and simply adds a spirit flavor to the liqueur. Strawberry and cream flavors dominate, making this taste more like a strawberry milkshake than a tequila-based liqueur. For those who’re just starting their tequila tasting experience journey, this drink is a decent choice on this National Tequila Day.

  • ABV: 15%
  • Price at Drinkies: 899 PHP
Tequila rose

Cazadores Añejo Cristalino

This Jalisco tequila is made from 100 percent blue agave and matured in oak barrels for two years. Then, it is gently filtered using activated charcoal to create a crystal-clear appearance and the rich, nutty, toasted flavor of Anejo.

  • ABV: 40%
  • Average price: 2412 PHP

What to do to celebrate National Tequila Day: Best 3 Tequila cocktails to share with friends

Margarita- The iconic National tequila Day cocktail

The margarita cocktail recipe is an incredibly simple combination of tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. While it is better with top-shelf spirits, there are many good budget-friendly versions to make at home, especially if you use fresh lime. On the whole, there's no way to get bored this National Tequila Day with a margarita and daiquiri cocktails.

Margarita- The iconic National tequila Day cocktail

Ingredients

  • A thin lime wedge, optional for rim and garnish
  • A cup of coarse salt, or granulated sugar, for optional rim
  • 1 1/2 oz of tequila
  • 1 oz of premium triple sec
  • 3/4 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice

Instructions: 

  • Pour the tequila, lime juice, and triple sec altogether into a cocktail shaker filled with small ice cubes and shake it well.
  • Strain your cocktail mixture into the prepared glass with or without fresh ice.
  • Garnish with a thin lime wedge on the top. Serve and enjoy.

Paloma- A fruit-based cocktail for National Tequila Day

Hailed among the most savory tequila-based cocktails in Mexico, Paloma can help you clear your mind for a while and enjoy your tasting experience with its delightfully refreshing taste. Other than that, this cocktail is also one of the effortless fruity cocktail recipes that are super easy to make at home on this National Tequila Day.

Paloma- A fruit-based cocktail for National Tequila Day

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz of tequila
  • 0.5 oz of lime juice
  • Grapefruit soda 

Instructions:

  • Prepare a salt-rimmed tall glass filled with small ice cubes.
  • Add the tequila and lime respectively and shake gently. 
  • Finally, add grapefruit soda gently to the top of the cocktail mixture. Serve and enjoy

Guadalajara Fizz 

This cocktail recipe is surprisingly delicious, with hints of chocolate and stunning flavors from grapefruit bitters. At the same it, its eye-catching color is also sure to turn head this National Tequila Day.

Guadalajara Fizz 
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 Ingredients:  

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • ½ oz of Crème de cacao white  
  • ½ oz Triple Sec  
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice  
  • ½ oz simple syrup  
  • 4-5 dashes of grapefruit bitters  
  • 1 oz soda water  

Instructions: 

  1. Dry shake tequila, crème de cacao, triple sec, lemon juice, simple syrup, and bitters for about 1-2 minutes. 
  2. Open the shaker and add a large cube of ice and shake it again for 1-2 minutes. 
  3. Strain the cocktail into a Collins glass and pour to the top with soda water. 
  4. Put a grapefruit peel on top of the drink and enjoy. 

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Look no further, it’s time to choose a bottle and rock your National Tequila Day party now!