Tequila 101: A Basic Primer

on 11/10/11 at 10:12 am

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“From margaritas to body shots, tequila has played an unforgettable role in America’s drinking history. But let’s face it: how much do you really know about the Central American spirit? I’ll be the first one to admit: I knew nada. So, instead of opting for one of the more advanced seminars on craft cocktail tools or artisanal gin cocktails at San Francisco Cocktail Week, I opted for a crash course on tequila instead. Thankfully, Ryan Fitzgerald, tequila expert and bar manager at Beretta, took no issue with our lack of tequila knowledge, and had no qualms answering any of our questions. Two hours later, I felt equipped with all the knowledge I needed to dive right into tequila appreciation. The basics of tequila — where it comes from, the way it’s made, and how to taste it — when you read more”

  • Tequila must come from one of five regions within Mexico: parts of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, Tamaulipas, and the predominant region, Jalisco.

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