Every Monday needs a silver lining & today’s is the unofficial, silly, fun holiday known as “National Tequila Day”! Happy Hour anyone?
National Tequila Day is dedicated to recognizing Tequila, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the blue agave plant and the main alcohol in a margarita. Blue agave plants produce sugars such as fructose, which are ideal for preparing tequila. The plant only grows in the rich and sandy soil of Jalisco, Mexico at altitudes of 1,500 meters.
To make tequila, the heart or piña of the plant is removed when the plant is approximately 12 years old, and weighs around 40-90kg. The heart is then heated to extract sap which is fermented and distilled into tequila. According to history, the Aztecs created fermented beverages from the agave plant prior to arrival of Spaniards in 1521. The origins of National Tequila Day are not well understood, however, it appears that National Tequila Day began to emerge around the late 1990s. This holiday is celebrated every year on July 24.
Even Hollywood celebrities have ventured into the tequila industry. Here are some celebrities who have created their own tequila brands:
Justin Timberlake: 901 Silver Tequila
Carlos Santana: Casa Noble Tequila (Sold ownership in 2014)
Vince Neil: Tres Rios Tequila
Sammy Hagar: Cabo Wabo Tequila
George Clooney: Casamigos Tequila