A Brief History of Tequila
You might have some crazy stories about your experiences with tequila (trust us, we all do…), but that isn’t what we’re talking about here. As the best-known Mexican spirit, tequila has been the liquor of choice for many people over the centuries. Tequila distillers must adhere to a strict set of rules, including making every bottle in the proper location and using the right ingredients. The first form of tequila was created by the Aztecs as fermented agave, called pulque.
It wasn’t until the Spanish invasion that agave distillation began. They created mezcal, and the first large-scale distillery was opened in the early 1600s in the town of Tequila. Modern tequila started in 1758 with the Cuervo family and was continued in 1873 by the Sauza family. Blue agave was identified as the best choice by Don Cenobio Sauza. The margarita was invented in 1936. In 1974, the word “tequila” became the intellectual property of Mexico.