Drinking tequila has become both a sign of joy and celebration and a statement of elegance and status, which can be expressed depending on how we drink the spirit. Whether we prefer having shots or sipping our tequila, each is a different way of enjoying the drink, but there are certain rules of etiquette we need to keep in mind for each of them. More than table manners, sipping and shooting tequila can be reserved for different occasions, and in some cases, sipping might be more appropriate than shooting; in some cases, shooting is the best way to enjoy tequila.
To begin with, we need to state that there is nothing wrong with taking tequila shots instead of sipping the spirit. As we said before, tequila shots are great for celebrating special occasions, and making it through the week is an accomplishment worth celebrating with a round of after-office shots. However, we also need to remember that tequila has been a part of Mexico’s cultural heritage for a very very long time, so we might want to slow down a bit and drink tequila the Mexican way, by sipping it and with a sangrita back to make it more enjoyable.
Tequila shots are great when we spend time with our friends and having them over to share our love for tequila can only be started by having a round of shots, even more, when we have enough shot glasses for everyone. Now if you’re thinking about the popular tall and skinny glasses, you might be thinking about “caballitos” and not shot glasses, which are shorter and wider. “Caballitos” are the traditional sipping vessels used to drink tequila and sangrita, and you shouldn’t really use those ones for shots.
For many of us, tequila is part of our cultural heritage, and the tradition of drinking, enjoying, even producing this delicious spirit is part of our family’s tradition. Therefore, taking a shot of tequila as an homage to our parents and the generations that came before us is only appropriate. Now, we also need to remember that a couple of decades ago, we didn’t have access to all the different types of tequila that we do nowadays. Since the spirit was not as popular then as it is now, we should take the time to sip our favorite spirit and fully enjoy its flavor and its texture, something our parents might not have been able to.
It is no secret that sales and production of tequila have skyrocketed during the last couple of years, which means that the US is consuming more and more of the spirit every year. This opens the market for more and better tequila producers to offer their take on the spirit, which calls of a celebratory round of shots. Nonetheless, we have experienced shortages on agave plants in the past, and since tequila comes from a very specific kind of agave, and can only be produced in some states of Mexico, facing a tequila shortage in the future is not impossible. So, we might want to sip our favorite tequila while we can, instead of shooting it away.