Tequila is made from the agave plant. The agave plant is a member of the orchid family. Agave is grown almost everywhere in the country of Mexico, but it also grown all over Central America. By international treaty with Mexico and virtually every country in the world for agave to be called Tequila the agave has to be grown and the tequila must be made in the Mexican State of Jalisco.
The liquor tequila was first made in the city of Tequila during the 16th century. Tequila, the city, was established as a municipality back in 1656. Prior to the advent of the now famous liquor tequila the Aztec Indians in Central America created their own fermented drink from the agave plant. It was called Ocltli, which later became known as pulque (an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented sap of the maguey (agave) plant.
As is known the Spanish came to old Mexico was back in 1521 and the main reason they had made the journey was in search of treasures, namely gold, in the name of the Queen of Spain. No gold was found to speak of in old Mexico or even further north in what is now New Mexico in the United States. The Spanish did discover a form of liquid gold, which is now famous the world over. That liquid gold is tequila. The reason the Spanish started fermenting the agave plant and making their own liquor from distilling it was because the had drank the entire stock pile of liquor they had brought with them on the boats from Spain. Literally tequila was historically the very first liquor made in the America’s.
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