This Tequila Day, we're going all out with everything you wanted to know about tequila, including some stuff you didn't even know you wanted to know. We've got facts, we've got stories, and of course, a few of our favorite recipes so you can celebrate like you know what you're doing.
This Tequila Day, we're going all out with everything you wanted to know about tequila, including some stuff you didn't even know you wanted to know. We've got facts, we've got stories, and of course, a few of our favorite recipes so you can celebrate like a professional.
First off, did you know …
The 1918 flu epidemic led to a tequila boom in Mexico as doctors advised ailing patients to drink tequila, lime, and salt as a remedy.
In the Jalisco state of Mexico, home many of the largest tequila distilleries, tequila is often followed by a chaser of sangrita or a "little blood", made of a blend of tomato and orange juice with chili powder.
Over 50 million liters of tequila are consumed every year in America, 20 of which we can guarantee are taken down by Rooster employees. The other 30? Senior Frog's, duh.
Studies have shown that if consumed in moderation, tequila can cut the risk of dementia by 37%.
Unlike other forms of alcohol, tequila is a stimulant, not a depressant. Well, that explains how the dresser got into our bathtub …
If you’re a fan of the elegant lifestyle, scientists have recently found a way to turn tequila into diamonds. Weird, because we found a way to turn it into something that's responsible for why we have one eyebrow shaved off right now.
The blue agave plant, which is what tequila is made from, has components that can help stimulate the immune system and fight obesity.
The worm in tequila bottles is just a marketing gimmick. It has nothing to do with quality, or anything other than possible future stomach-pumping.
Jose Cuervo was real. And so is your hangover.
Know your enemy
Blanco: Un-aged tequila. It's just distilled and bottled so it's clear and delicious. Good mixed with anything because it's very smooth and isn't overwhelming… for tequila.
Reposado: aged between 2-12 months in barrels before it's bottled. That's why it's gold. This type can still be very smooth, but it's flavor will peak through any mixer you try to drown it in.
Anejo: aged 1-3 years in oak barrels before it's bottled. Drink this straight it's the darkest of all the tequilas and tastes good just by itself. (extra anejo means it was aged longer than 3 years and probably too expensive for you)
Margarita – the classic tequila drink, and our Monday staple. Margaritas have many incarnations; they can be frozen, pink, blue or even have beer in them, but here's the traditional recepie
2 pt Tequila
1 pt Triple Sec
2 pt Sour mix
Ice, salt, blend, sip.
Tequila Sunrise – Perfect for breakfast, the Tequila sunrise is so easy to make you'll never forget it like you did the name of the person you woke up next to.
2 pt Tequila
4 pt Orange juice
Splash of Grenadine
Ice, stir, sip.
Bloody Maria – Just like the bloody Mary but way sexier.
2 pt Tequila
1/2 pt Jalapeno juice
1/2 pt Lime juice
3 pt Tomato Juice
Splash of Worcestershire sauce
Splash of hot sauce
Ice, stir, garnish with pickled veggies, sip.
Brave Bull – Brave is right. Good fucking morning
1 pt Tequila
1 pt Coffee liqueur
Ice, shake, sip
Paloma– Fruity fun with a tart tequila kick.
2 pt Tequila
2 pt Grapefruit juice
1 pt Lime juice
Splash of simple syurp
Ice, stir, sip.
Rooster Exclusive: Maddie's Bruschotti – Maddie's favorite tequila cocktail, guaranteed to get you fucked up.
2 pt Tequila
2 pt Rockstar Juiced (the purple kind)
2 pt Sierra Mist
Ice, stir, guzzle.
Shots! Shots! Shots!
With Wheels – order it like that, the bartender will think you're cool. It's the standard: salt, shoot, suck a lime and try not to throw up.
Pickle Back – sounds a little weird but once you chase tequila with a pickle, you may never need wheels again.
Sangrita – mix splashes of tomato juice and orange juice, and sprinkle chili powder over the chaser and do what you do.
Let's eat it
Basic Tequila Marinade – Soak any thing from shrimp to horse meat in this marinade before it hits the grill and wait for the fiesta in your mouth.
1 cup oil
3/4 cup tequila
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 onion finely chopped
1/2 cup cilantro finely chopped
Salt, pepper, chili powder to taste.
Tequila Batter – Rather fry your tequila? Make it into a batter and coat everything from zucchini to hot dogs for a boozy, greasy treat.
1/2 cup tequila
1 tsp. salt
2 cups flour
Tequila Frosting – For those nights when you want to eat your feelings and get drunk off them too.
2 sticks butter
2 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tbs lime juice
2 tbs tequila
Pinch of salt
Cream butter and sugar together, then add lime juice, tequila and salt. Grab a spoon and get at it.
What's your craziest tequila story?
"I was in Mexico, and I was drinking tequila on the beach with some locals. After they proceeded to tell me that "White boys can't drink tequila," we decided to test that statement by emptying the bottle of Cuervo we had with us. Later that night, I returned to my hotel room with one of the girls from the beach so I could pick up my wallet before we went out, and lo and behold, she passes out standing up and literally face-dives into the floor. The thunk of it was so loud that the hotel manager called the police, and as they arrived, I was dragging her, bloody-faced and unconscious, out of my hotel room to get help. Needless to say, it looked like I had done her in. Thankfully, the hotel people got me out of it, and took her to the hospital. I thanked them for it by getting impossibly drunker and trashing the hotel room, wall-holes and all. Thanks, tequila!"
– Mike, 26
"We were all drinking Patron at my friend's house for his friend's birthday, and were certifiably hammered. After a while, the only people left were myself, my boyfriend, my friend, and his girlfriend. The girlfriend and I start making out, and before we know it, we're having group sex in my bed. At one point, each couple was having sex, right next to each other, trying to show off with all sorts of insane moves. Only problem was, my (male) friend and I have zero attraction to each other, so we spent the entire time trying not to touch or make eye contact. Now whenever I see them, I think of his penis and vomit uncontrollably."
– Mary Beth, 22
"After like seven shots too many of tequila at a bar in Vancouver, my friend and I were walking home when we happened across the Norwegian men's sledge-hockey team, who were all wheelchair-bound and in town for the 2010 Paraolympic Games/ They were heading to the strip club to celebrate their win earlier, and asked if we wanted to come. Was that even a question? We ended up riding them on their wheelchairs to the titty bar, and when we got there, the strippers brought us up on stage to do a show of our own, which mostly involved dry humping the air. Later that night, we ended up at their hotel, looking at baby pictures of their sons and daughters. Fuckin' weird."
– Larissa, 25