Everyone that is into exotic alcoholic drinks have one tequila story or another, with them ranging from the simple to the bizarre. The fact that a lot of people go overboard with their tequila story has inspired a number of myths about this alcoholic drink. The tendency of drinkers to go a bit overboard with tequila ranges from how it affects the mind to how it’s supposed to be drunk.
Tequila myths mostly came up as a result of misinformation and hangovers. Tequila is a pillar of Mexican tradition and is often sold short everywhere else. Here are five ridiculous myths surrounding this spirit you should stop Believing.
Tequila Is Best Taken With Salt and Lime
Taking tequila with salt and Lime is perhaps the most popular way of taking this drink but it is far from being the best and is not the only way of taking this spirit. Tequilas are a knockout addition to cocktails, from the classic Margarita and Paloma, to a number of other inventive drinks that bartenders have being able to come up with.
One interesting way of enjoying this alcoholic beverage is to enjoy the spirit as neat or with a side of Sangrita. You can alternatively ask a bartender to help you get more creative with your spirit.
Tequila Can Make You Crazy
University students and young drinkers are probably the ones that propagated the idea that tequilas make people crazy but there is no evidence that suggests that it contains any mind-altering qualities.
Chances are you think that you wouldn’t have felt free enough to jump on the table and dance if it wasn’t for the last shot of tequila you guzzler down your throat, but you probably would have done the same thing irrespective of what alcoholic drink you’re having. It’s most likely not the tequila but you.
Tequila Is Made From Cactus
The agave plant from which this drink is made resembles a cactus plant in terms of the spiky leaves and nothing more. Tequila contains absolutely no juice, fruit, spine or other part of a cactus plant.
The rich, vegetal spirit of this drink is made by the hearts, or piñas, of the blue Weber agave plant, which also belongs to the Asparagaceae family like cactus. The piñas are then roasted, crushed, fermented and distilled into the spirit we all know and love.
Tequilas Taste the Same
Tequilas just like whiskey and rum, comes in a variety of styles, from unaged (blanco) to lightly aged (reposado) to deep amber-hued (añejo and extra-añejo), including sweet and vegetal, to rich, oaky and spiced.
If you take out time to explore and taste at a bar or pick your alcoholic drink a shelf or two up, you will discover a whole new range of tequilas.
It Is Only Meant To Be Drank At Parties
A lot of parties are incomplete without a bottle of tequila but that is definitely not the only place to enjoy your drink. Tequilas are not just a way of life for the distillers but also for the consumers. The tequila industry has provided support for the distillers, the farmers who grow and harvest the agave, the artisans who create hand-blown glass bottles and a number of other industries that recycle everything from the popular sugar-alternative nectar to paper to fuel.
This perhaps is why the alcoholic beverage is referred in in North America, especially Mexico where it is lauded as a cultural staple. While tequila is commonly sold as a party spirit, it may soon become something we all would enjoy sipping at dinner tables before going out to the bar to down more responsible shots.