Made from the blue agave plant, tequila has a deep and storied history. Named after the small town of Tequila in a valley west of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico, the spirit was known as mezcal wine about the time the conquistadors came to the continent. Many names we recognize on the labels today were the very first commercial producers of tequila. In fact, Jose’Antonio Cuervo held the first license for manufacturing the favored beverage, courtesy of the King of Spain. He kept a well-known company. Don Cenobio Sauza and Félix López, also producers of tequila, whose businesses continue in some form today. Agave grows in a variety of forms. Blue agave, grown in the highlands region, are larger in size and sweeter in aroma and taste. Agave grown in the lowland regions has a more herbaceous fragrance and flavor. Like similar legislation for bourbon and cognac, Mexican law states tequila is only tequila if it is produced within Jalisco and limited regions in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. If the same ingredients are distilled anywhere else, it’s not tequila. While many have enjoyed tequila cocktails such as the margarita, tequila sunrise, and mojito, a good tequila can be savored like a good whiskey. Tequila is experiencing a renaissance of sorts as savvy drinkers discover tequila doesn’t have to be the firewater of our youth.
To add to the excitement and help you decide where to celebrate National Tequila Day on Sunday, July 24 we are sharing here a variety of cocktails from Miami’s finest bars. All revealing their best-kept secrets from behind the bar! Featured here: Talde at The Confidante 4041 Collins Ave in Miami Beach, El Tucan 1111 SW 1st Ave in Miami, The Anderson 709 NE right over the bridge on 79th St in Miami,
STK Miami Beach at 1 Hotel & Homes 2305 Collins Ave in Miami Beach, Marion 1111 SW 1st Ave in the Brickell area in Miami and COYO Taco 2300 NW 2nd Ave in Wynwood.