Tequila has become one of the most popular drinks in recent years. Many specialized bars and pubs have been opening their doors to tequila aficionados, too. Nevertheless, there are some fun facts about tequila we probably didn’t know, no matter how many stories with the spirit we have in our past. This short list should help us be more familiar with tequila next time we meet.
To begin with, we’ll talk about the Mexican town called Tequila. We’ll also cover why drinking the spirit in shots is not the best option. For the extremely curious, tequila and diamonds have something in common, which we will cover, of course. Additionally, we are debunking the myth of tequila worms that companies used to add to their bottles. Lastly, we’ll go over the pollination process of tequila, which might surprise most of you.
There Is a Mexican Town Called Tequila
One of our favorite fun facts about tequila is that there is a town in Mexico with the same name. Some show true surprise whenever we mention this lovely and colorful town. However, the spirit takes its name after its hometown in Jalisco, Mexico. Actually, a great number of excellent tequilas come from this town. Thus, many world-class distillers have settled in this magnificent town.
You Don’t Need those Shots
Even when most of us have tried our fair share of tequila shots, this isn’t the best way to enjoy it. Many catadores and aficionados actually prefer to sip the spirit instead of having shots. This is because tequila is quite rich in flavors and aromas. Therefore, sipping it from a champagne glass or a brandy snifter is much better. This way, you will be able to discover every detail, enhancing the overall tequila drinking experience.
Diamonds Can Be Made from Tequila
Interestingly, a group of physicists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) discovered diamonds can be made from tequila. However, these artificial diamonds resulted smaller than anticipated. Tequila diamonds are too small to have any use in jewelry. Nonetheless, these diamonds can be used for many different electronic and industrial purposes.
Tequila Worms Are Not A Thing
A common misconception regarding tequila is that bottles of the spirit should come with a worm inside. However, mezcal is the one that comes with a worm, not tequila. This is because many mezcal producers say adding the worm enhances the taste of the drink. Others also believe that eating this worm can improve one’s luck and even bring magic powers. The fact is, if you find a worm at the bottle, you’re in for a strong round of shots.
Bats Pollinate Agave Plants, Not Birds
Most people don’t stop to think about the harvesting process of agave plants, let alone how it reproduces. Contrary to popular belief, bats pollinate agave plants, instead of birds or insects. This is because agave flowers during night time, so the smell of rotting and over-ripened fruit attracts bats. Agave plants can also reproduce asexually, either by vegetative propagation or by producing small clone-like growths, or bulbils.