Anyone traveling to Mexico will likely have some tequila at one point on their trip as this is the national drink of Mexico. However, many people do not know much about tequila — where it comes from or how it’s made. Tequila, made from the agave plant, was first developed by the Spanish near Tequila, Mexico. The Toltec Indians would make candy from the plants’ sugars. The Spanish saw this and decided to use the plants’ sugars to make alcohol. This led to the creation of the drink. The first tequila factory was opened in 1600. For many years, the Toltec Indians tried to get the town of Tequila back in many uprisings which started in 1541, but they didn’t succeed until 1810 about 270 years later.
Tourists who visit this region are greeting by an expanse of blue agave leaves. Many distilleries in the area give tours and allow tourists to try the drink. Those tourists who are lucky enough to visit during harvest season may catch a glimpse of the agave plants being harvested and prepared for tequila making. To do this, workers remove the leaves from the plant to leave behind the large agave pinas which are then processed. The juice from the creamy, white core of the agave plant is the juice used to make tequila. The average worker can only harvest about 200 plants a day as the process is tedious and the weather is often hot. One plant can make about five bottles of tequila. Because most agave is grown in this area and because of the agave plant’s size, not as much tequila is made as one would think. Anyone traveling to Mexico will likely have some tequila at one point on their trip as this is the national drink of Mexico. Whether traveling, playing online casino games, or dancing, Tequila is an all time favorite. The supply of tequila is limited leading to the high cost of tequila on the international market. The amount of tequila actually made doesn’t meet the demand which makes the drink even more special.