Sure, Fuzzy’s is celebrating the Baja Life all summer long. But it wouldn’t be right not to observe National Tequila Day, too. As the great (and, in this instance, very wise) Matthew McConaughey once said: “A little tequila, sunshine and tacos never hurt anybody.”
Alright, Matthew. Alright, Alright.
See, a big part of the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop experience is sippin’ margaritas on one of our cozy patios. And we couldn’t make those margaritas without the great gift of tequila. In honor of this lively libation, here are a few things you probably didn’t know about one of our favorite spirits.
Tequila Comes from the Ground
From the blue agave plant that grows in Mexican soil, that is. The core of the plant contains aguamiel, or “honey water,” which is primarily used for syrup production. The plants are chopped down by circular-bladed machetes called “coas” wielded by men known as “jimadors.” And the heart of the plant, or the “piña,” can weigh up to 200 pounds!
There are over 500 million blue agave plants in Mexico. They flower at night, and their main pollinators aren’t bees, butterflies or any other insect. That’s right — the next time you enjoy a tasty marg, remember to raise a toast to the Long-Nosed Bat.
Shine on You Boozy Diamond
Believe it or not, physicists at the National Autonomous University of Mexico have found a way to make artificial diamonds out of tequila. These synthetic diamonds aren’t really bling-worthy, but they are ideal for use in electronics and industrial applications. Of course, if you still want to put a ring on it — “it” being the rim of your margarita glass — we recommend salt.
Tequila doesn’t. That’s actually its cousin, mezcal. And it’s not really a worm. It’s the larvae of a type of moth that lives on the agave plant.
Hecho en Mexico
Like French champagne or Kentucky bourbon, tequila has Denomination of Origin, meaning it can only come from Mexico. It’s mainly produced in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, but can also be found in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit and Tamaulipas.
The Price is Right
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most expensive bottle of tequila ever sold was Tequila Ley.925’s premium Platinum & White Gold Tequila. The price tag? A whopping $225,000. By our math, that’s over $14000 per shot. Bottoms up… and wallets emptied.
During the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, patients were actually told to drink tequila with lime and salt to combat their symptoms. Although that’s not a common prescription nowadays, this concoction has been known to soothe sore throats, ease congestion and help you fall asleep (well, duh).
A Rich History
The original distillers of agave spirits were the Spanish conquistadors in the 1500s. It’s believed that when the Spanish settlers ran out of wine and brandy, they still found a way to wet their whistle. When life hands you blue agave…
So come hang with Fuzzy’s this National Tequila Day. Margaritas go better with tacos, anyway.