- The Agave tequilana weber is the only species authorized for tequila production.
- It is a distillate that has from 35 to 40 degrees of alcohol.
The blue agave is a fleshy plant with fibrous blue or grayish green pointed rigid leaves edged with thorns and growing out from a central core.
The beverage has a transparent appearance with a coppery or clear tonality.
Tequila is a low-fat drink and its moderate consumption has health benefits. For example, it stimulates the production of the GLP-1 hormone, which helps to increase insulin production, while it also has positive effects on digestion and helps reduce bad cholesterol.
Tequila can be enjoyed alone or accompanied by sangrita (a tart and spicy citrus or tomato-based mixture). It can also be mixed with other ingredients to make different drinks and cocktails.
- Tequilas are classified according to their characteristics as white, young, rested, aged, and extra aged.
- The United States is the principal export destination for Mexican tequila.
- Mezcal wine was the name by which it was known in the past.
- It is one of Mexico’s major exports.
- Tequila exports bring 996 million dollars to the country.