The Skinny on Tequila—and Two Virtuous Cocktails

The Skinny on Tequila—and Two Virtuous Cocktails

and Two
Virtuous Cocktails

Tequila is the spirit of summertime. Some swear that the great things (moderately) leaves them hangover-free. In case you missed it: On The goop Podcast, naturopathic physician Nigma Talib stated this might be as a result of tequila (plain, and not using a mixer) is less complicated on the intestine than wine, for instance; there’s much less sugar and the tequila doesn’t ferment in your intestine in the identical method wine does. Overdrinking something is (to state the apparent) not going to end up nicely, however for Talib, sipping a pleasant tequila on ice is a cleaner method of ingesting.

Which convey us to: selecting which tequila to make use of. Licensed natural is a plus, however typical will not be a deal breaker for you. Both method, we search for tequila that’s 100 % blue agave. Something labeled “mixto” most likely has some undesirable sugar or components thrown in, and that’s the stuff that may go away your head pounding the following morning.

Now: Do you sip the añejo and blend the blanco? Or is it the opposite method round? When do you name in mezcal?

Let’s break it down: To begin with, there are 5 sorts of tequila (who knew?). Second, harvesting it includes jimadors (we’ll clarify). And most necessary, we current a number of refreshing and healthyish riffs on basic tequila drinks (emphasis on “ish”). As a result of what’s the purpose if we’re not having enjoyable?

How Tequila
Is Made

1. Harvest

The blue Weber agave should develop for eight to 10 years earlier than turning into a harvestable crop. It could actually solely be harvested manually by a skilled skilled, referred to as a jimador, with a way that has been round for hundreds of years. The jimadors take away the leaves of the agave, leaving the piña, the center of the plant, which is able to then be used to make tequila.

2. Cooking

The piñas are steamed in brick ovens, which converts the complicated carbohydrates from the plant into fermentable sugars.

three. Extraction

The cooked piñas are transported to a milling station the place they’re crushed, releasing the sugary juices that may then be fermented.

four. Fermentation

It usually takes seven to 12 days for the crushed piñas to ferment and the yeast to develop.

5. Distillation

As soon as the fermentation course of is full, the fermented juice might be distilled by steam, often twice, to supply a 55 % or larger alcohol content material. The extra the liquid is distilled, the stronger it will likely be. (Blanco is about 55 %.)

6. Getting older

The tequila might be aged wherever from three months to greater than three years in several types of oak barrels to supply numerous kinds of tequilas.

1. Harvest

The blue Weber agave should develop for eight to 10 years earlier than turning into a harvestable crop. It could actually solely be harvested manually by a skilled skilled, referred to as a jimador, with a way that has been round for hundreds of years. The jimadors take away the leaves of the agave, leaving the piña, the herat of the plant, which is able to then be used to make tequila.

2. Cooking

The piñas are steamed in brick ovens, which converts the complicated carbohydrates from the plant into fermentable sugars.

three. Extraction

The cooked piñas are cooked are transported to a milling station the place they’re crushed, releasing the sugary juices that may then be fermented.

four. Fermentation

It usually takes seven to 12 days for the crushed piñas to ferment and the yeast to develop.

5. Distillation

As soon as the fermentation course of is full, the fermented juice might be distilled by steam, often twice, to supply a 55 % or larger alcohol content material. The extra the liquid is distilled, the stronger it will likely be. (Blanco is about 55 %.)

6. Getting older

The tequila might be aged wherever from three months to greater than three years in several types of oak barrels to supply numerous kinds of tequilas.

The Completely different
Kinds of Tequila

Blanco (Additionally Known as Silver)

That is the blue agave spirit in its purest kind, and it’s additionally most likely the most typical. It’s unaged and bottled virtually instantly after distillation. (If aged, it’s solely performed in chrome steel containers to keep up the readability and clear taste). It has a fragile fruity taste that the plant is known for, but it surely’s versatile sufficient for mixing into cocktails.

Joven (Additionally Known as Oro or Gold)

Joven tequila is blanco tequila that has both been combined with aged tequila or aged in barrels for a number of weeks. The result’s a smoother, extra mellow spirit. Test the elements to verify your joven tequila is made with 100 % agave—some manufacturers add sweeteners and meals dyes.

Reposado

“Reposado” means “rested,” so you possibly can rely on a richer, extra strong taste from this tequila, which will get aged in oak barrels for 2 months to a yr. Its extra subtle taste nonetheless works nice in cocktails, but it surely’s even higher on the rocks or served neat.

Añejo

“Añejo,” which implies “classic,” is aged for one to a few years in oak barrels, and due to the lengthy fermentation course of, it develops an extremely wealthy coloration and taste. That is thought of the very best tequila for sipping.

Additional Añejo

That is the latest—and costliest—tequila class. Additional añejo tequila is aged in barrels for not less than three years. This leads to a deep, darkish golden coloration; extremely complicated notes of vanilla; and a distinctively oaky end. This tequila ought to be sipped, not combined.

What Is Mezcal?

Most individuals know that tequila and mezcal are one way or the other associated however don’t know the way. Tequila is a kind of mezcal, however mezcal just isn’t tequila. Tequila might be made solely in particular areas of Mexico (primarily Jalisco), whereas mezcal can technically be made wherever (although most is made in Oaxaca). Mezcal might be constructed from over thirty several types of agave, whereas tequila might be product of solely a particular selection referred to as blue Weber agave. The final key distinction is within the model of cooking the agave previous to fermentation and distillation. For tequila, the agave is often steamed in brick ovens, whereas for mezcal, the agave is cooked in underground pits lined with scorching rocks which have been burning for over twenty hours, which is how mezcal will get its signature smoky taste.

Carrot Orange Margarita

Carrot Orange Margarita

The weird pairing of carrot juice with tequila piqued our curiosity when GP raved a few carrot juice margarita she had on a visit to Mexico a number of years again. Seems, it’s fairly rattling good.

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Kombucha Paloma

Kombucha Paloma

We love the funk and spice the ginger-lemon kombucha provides to this paloma. It’s excellent paired with the sweet-tart grapefruit and lime. You can use blanco tequila right here, however the reposado lends delicate caramel notes that make this cocktail simply…past.

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