National Tequila Day
Well (scratching head), Flick Friday is a complete bust. There are no movie releases for today from 1950. Instead, I will highlight National Tequila Day. No, I’m not kidding. As a side note to the below, the listed Mamasita or Mamacita appears to be a Rum drink, not Tequila. But, who am I to argue. Drink up! ~Vic
One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor!
On July 24th, commemorate National Tequila Day with a little lime and salt. Mix up a Margarita, Paloma or a Mamasita to celebrate the day! People have been making Tequila for centuries and it was once known as mezcal wine. In fact, Tequila is mezcal but, mezcal isn’t Tequila. That’s because Tequila is distilled from a specific type of agave plant. Also, the law protects its production. Take a sip and we’ll travel into Tequila’s history.
It all started around the 16th century. Cortez [sic] arrived on the North American continent with his Spanish conquistadors. They didn’t care much for the fermented mezcal wine served to them. However, the Spanish introduced copper stills to the population. Enter the distilling process.
Now, our story takes us to Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico. Located in a valley west of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico, the town made a name for themselves by distilling Blue Agave. Even though a variety of succulents in Mexico produce mezcal, only one delivers the nectar to distill Tequila. Blue Agave grows in the highland region. Indeed, the unique growing conditions contribute to a larger size and sweeter tasting agave. In contrast, agave grown in the lowland regions taste and smell more herbal. In Mexico, the law protects the production of Tequila. The rule states Tequila is only Tequila if it is made within Jalisco. Additionally, the law limits production to regions in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit and Tamaulipas. However, the same ingredients distilled anywhere else cannot be labeled Tequila.
Interestingly, many names in the Tequila business, today, were the very first commercial producers of Tequila. For example, José Antonio Cuervo held the first license for making the favored beverage. He kept a well-known company, too. Two other names include Don Cenobio Sauza and Félix López, whose businesses continue in some form today. Equally enjoyed in cocktails such as the margarita or Tequila Sunrise, connoisseurs savor a good Tequila like a good whiskey. As a result, savvy drinkers experience the smooth renaissance of Tequila. Surprisingly, it’s not the firewater they remember from their youth.
National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this beverage holiday.
Late Add. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this, earlier.
28 thoughts on “National Tequila Day”
July 24, 2020 at 10:41 AM
Drink UP!!! Cheers!
July 24, 2020 at 1:37 PM
July 24, 2020 at 11:07 AM
Be careful – I’ve heard tequila makes your clothes fall off. LOL! 🙂
July 24, 2020 at 1:37 PM
I’ve heard that, too. 😆
July 24, 2020 at 11:18 AM
I’ll be celebrating this one tonight…some concoction of the stuff in the cabinet mixed with some kind of juice in the fridge + tequila. The only question is, when I make them anyway, how strong will it be? Will it knock me on my butt or just be like juice. LOL
July 24, 2020 at 1:41 PM
Depends upon mood, eyesight, measuring instruments, supplies, wind direction, solar radiation and planetary alignment. Good luck. If something interesting happens, blog about it. 😉
July 24, 2020 at 12:25 PM
Great way to start a Friday!!! I tried Cobo Wabo one time and it was great. I knew after that how Sammy Hagar made a fortune from it.
July 24, 2020 at 1:48 PM
I’ve never tried Cabo. I have tried Cuervo, Herradura, Patron, 1800 & Milagro. Milagro Anejo is my fave. I wish I had some REAL sipping tequila. My former Texan chiro was married to a woman with family down in Mexico. They routinely brought back tequila that wasn’t sold in the US. SMOOTH stuff…damn near like water…but, powerful and very little hangover. Mexico keeps the good stuff for themselves.
July 24, 2020 at 2:11 PM
LOL… if you ever get a chance to try it…do it.
I’ve had moonshine that tasted like the smoothest rum ever…drink just a little and you would would grow wings on your feet.
July 24, 2020 at 2:55 PM
Heh. That is some moonshine! LOL!
That reminds me of my former Texan supervisor (RIP 1940-2012). I remember him telling me of a neighbor’s moonshine that he tried. He said he took a sip of it and the upper half of his vision disappeared. LOL! He said “I went blind from here, up,” gesturing with his hand to the bridge of his nose. LOL! Of course, Bill never turned down any spirit. He was as heavy a drinker as Ken is. Made all of his pecan pies with Maker’s Mark. LOL! I’m surprised he lived as long as he did. The men in his family all had heart trouble. He’d had a heart valve replaced with a mechanical one about a decade before we met in 2002. When you got close to him, he ticked like clock. Since he was at least 6′ 6″, I called him the grandfather clock. LOL! He was a character. I think you saw some of my tribute posts about his artwork & photography.
I must be in a chatty mood, today…
July 24, 2020 at 3:05 PM
The moonshine that I got was made in North Carolina. The guy was a chemist and he used glass tubes and everything was like a top notch. It was the most smooth liquor I’ve ever drank. Just a little would do.
LOL making pecan pies with liquor, I have heard of that before. He was a big guy or at least tall. Thankfully I’ve never been a drinker. I am a happy drunk though.
That is funny you can hear him tick.
That is all right chat away!
I am doing this voice to text so if something is weird that is the reason. I am finishing up my walk.
July 24, 2020 at 4:12 PM
The chemist is clearly close to the TN line. I’d like to have some of that.
He was lanky, just like Ken…all legs.
I was a drinker as a teen. Peer pressure and parties. On my own…not much.
Voice away! LOL!
July 24, 2020 at 4:30 PM
Yea drinking can take a toll on you…especially if you smoke also…don’t know if he did. Both my parents did…older generations just did.
July 24, 2020 at 8:02 PM
Look at the last photo.
July 24, 2020 at 8:04 PM
I remember that! After I saw it I remember you saying that. I saw one picture with a lot of red…I believe you said it may have some from him.
Yep the smoking
July 24, 2020 at 9:36 PM
Well, he had on a red shirt and Dolly was dressed in red.
July 24, 2020 at 9:57 PM
No that wasn’t the red Vic…it was one of the first times we talked kinda….it was a beautiful landscape picture…I may be wrong but I think you said it came from his pictures.
July 24, 2020 at 11:33 PM
OH! Yeah. You’re talking about this one:
I remember your comment about the red, now.
July 25, 2020 at 12:25 AM
Yep that was one of them….it’s breathtaking. Was it him? I have a pretty good memory…it’s ok
July 25, 2020 at 12:31 AM
Bill was the photographer. The kid in the photo is his son Sean.
July 25, 2020 at 1:01 AM
Ok I thought I remembered that.
July 25, 2020 at 1:06 AM
When you mentioned red, I had forgotten about that first photo.
July 25, 2020 at 1:10 AM
Was the pic enhanced? It doesn’t matter it looked great
July 25, 2020 at 3:04 AM
Not that I am aware of. It was an old photo as Sean is close to our age and he is a kid in the shot. As far as I know, Bill scanned his old photos as it was taken before the world went digital.
July 24, 2020 at 8:46 PM
Mmmmmmm……love me some tequila! Anyone have limes and salt? Time for shots! 🤪
July 24, 2020 at 9:38 PM
I hear ya’, girl!
July 27, 2020 at 7:31 AM
Only once had it. Not something very big here for some reason…. probably the weather.
July 27, 2020 at 2:22 PM
Too depressing to drink it?