National Tequila Day: Here’s a crash course on distilled liquor

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July 24th is National Tequila Day.

Christopher DeSoto, founder of Hiatus Tequila, joined “Fox & Friends Weekend” Sunday morning to celebrate the distilled liquor, made with fermented aloe juice.

Here are some fun facts about tequila – for today and every day.

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1. Tequila is native to Mexico and named after the city of Tequila, which is located in the western Mexican state of Jalisco.

Christopher DeSoto joined “Fox and Friends Weekend” on National Tequila Day, Sunday, July 24, 2022.
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2. Only five countries are authorized to make tequila, according to DeSoto.

Those states are Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit and Tamaulipas.

DeSoto said on “Fox and Friends Weekend” that Jalisco is one of Mexico’s largest producers.

3. The raw ingredient that makes tequila is Mexican blue agave, a succulent variety with thick leaves.

According to Desoto, the plant can take up to eight years to mature. When the agave finally reaches maturity, it is harvested and cooked to make tequila.

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4. The color of tequila can vary – this color corresponds to longevity.

There are three levels of old tequila: blanco (left), reposado (middle) and anejo (right).  The aging process results in a different colour.

There are three levels of old tequila: blanco (left), reposado (middle) and anejo (right). The aging process results in a different colour.
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Below is a summary of the differences.

Blanco Tequila is clear and usually aged from zero to five months.

Reposado tequila is golden amber and is usually aged for six months.

Añejo tequila is golden brown in color and is usually a year old.

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“Blanco is always the most popular because it’s the one we’re always used to doing shots with and all of that,” DeSoto said.

“There are three expressions.”

Christopher DeSoto prepares a Hiatus Highball cocktail with tequila, tonic and lime "Fox and Friends Weekend."

Christopher DeSoto makes a Hiatus Highball cocktail with tequila, tonic and lemon at “Fox and Friends Weekend.”
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5. DeSoto said that the “cleaner” and “softer” tequila is, the less sugar is needed.

“Margaritas in Mexico are like nothing this side of the border,” he said in an interview with “Fox and Friends Weekend.”

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“Margaritas in Mexico are almost soda, lime, and tequila. It’s clean, and you won’t feel bad the next day.”

What combo does Christopher DeSoto recommend?

If you need an easy cocktail, DeSoto recommends the Hiatus Highball.

It’s made with three ingredients: tequila, tonic water, and lemon juice.

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