Tequila is a Mexican distilled liquor made from the blue agave plant. It is a regionally specific drink that is only produced in specific regions of Mexico, most notably the state of Jalisco. Tequila is a type of mezcal (alcohol made from agave plants), but differs from traditional mezcals in production method and its exclusive use of blue agave from specific regions. The spirit takes on different tastes depending on where the blue agave was grown: highland agave is sweeter than herbaceous lowland agave.
Traditionally tequila is consumed neat, without any salt or lime. Outside of Mexico, however, shots of tequila are often served with salt and lime. This method of serving is known as tequila cruda and, more informally, “lick-sip-suck” (lick the salt, sip (or shoot) the shot and suck on the lime). Tequila is also incorporated into numerous cocktails including Margarita and Tequila Sunrise.
The alcohol by volume content of tequila can range from 32% to 60%, but is usually at around 40%.
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