National Tequila Day hits America's bars and backyards today, according to those who decide such things. There are those, too, who think every day is tequila day. Or every Friday and Saturday night, with maybe a Sunday afternoon as well if the weather's nice.
Regardless, National Tequila Day it is. Whether that means wormy mescal someone brought you as a souvenir of a day trip to Juarez or an ultra-smooth Extra Añejo, the occasion offers a built-in excuse to indulge in one of Mexico's great gifts to the world.
By law, the national distilled spirit of Mexico must be made from the blue agave plant in the areas around the city of Tequila in the Mexican state of Jalisco, or in some parts of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit and Tamaulipas states.
In fact, that wormy mescal probably came from Oaxaca and is most definitely an inferior product.
North of the border, the stuff is often drunk in the lick, sip and suck style, meaning a lick of salt, a sip of Tequila and a suck on a slice of lime. Margaritas are pretty nice, too, on a hot evening over a plate of enchiladas.
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In Mexico, however, the traditional method is to drink it straight up, with no training wheels, or drunk as a trio of sweet crimson sangrita, Tequila blanco and lime juice. That makes the colors of the Mexican flag -- red, white and green.
People magazine offers up some delicious-sounding recipes over here.
However you choose to celebrate National Tequila Day, though -- ¡Salud!
And, of course, don't forget that the drink has its own theme song:
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