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Saturday, 28 April 2012

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Silver tequila is the type that most of us are familiar with since it turns up in some many mixed drinks, including the margarita. Silver tequila is clear and has been aged 60 days or less in stainless steel tanks. It can be 100% agave or mixto. Silver is usually the least expensive form of tequila. If you’re making a blender full of margaritas for a party where everyone’s already drunk, then just pour a bottle of Trader Jose’s or Senor Safeway in there with some bottled mix, but if you want to impress a more discerning crowd, we have two recipes a little farther down.

Golden or joven tequila is basically silver tequila that has been colored and flavored with caramel. This makes for a smooth, sweet spirit that goes down easy as a shot or mixes into a delicious frozen margarita.


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Reposado tequila draws its name from the word “rested,” because this type has been aged in casks or wooden tanks for a minimum of two months. The longer the aging, the higher the quality, and the best reposados have been aged for three to nine months. This is an excellent choice for sipping straight, like any fine spirit.

The fourth type is añejo tequila, which means “old.” This is a tequila that has been aged in oak barrels for at least a year. This produces a dark tequila with a deep, full flavor that is best enjoyed from a snifter so the aroma can fully be appreciated.

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There is one more spirit that is derived from the agave plant but cannot really be classified as a tequila since it’s not made from purely blue agave. Mezcal is most famous (or notorious) for some varieties that have a worm inside. The worm is the larvae of the agave plant and its presence is supposed to prove that the alcohol of the mezcal is high enough to preserve the worm. While ingesting the worm isn’t dangerous to your health, do be aware that the highest quality mezcals do not include a worm.

Tequila can be sipped straight, downed as a shot or mixed into a cocktail, but it can also be used to give an extra zip to recipes. Here are two favorites that are great for grilling on Cinco de Mayo, or any other festive occasion.





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