Though the process of its creation has seen some changes over the years, there remains a proper way to choose and drink high-quality tequila.
In honor of Mexican Independence Day, we've come up with some tips on the right way to drink tequila.
We spoke with Sergio Pelayo, a tequila expert who works at Mexico's Vinata Los Osuna agave distillery, which is located outside of Mazatlan, Mexico, and makes Los Osuna tequilas.
Pelayo gave us suggestions on how to choose, pour, and drink tequila like a Mexican.
Instead of drinking tequila from a shot glass, Pelayo says that you should opt for a big cognac glass. Shot glasses were made for quick drinking while cognac glasses will give you the opportunity to smell and savor the liquor.
When pouring, hold the bottle in a high position so that when the liquor drops into the glass, it captures more oxygen to enhance the flavors.
Before taking a sip, water your tongue and take a small breath.
Exhale after the first sip and Pelayo says that your second sip will be much smoother. This action should help avoid that burning sensation that can often come with consuming tequila.
Then enjoy the liquor.
How to choose the best tequilaBefore drinking your tequila, you'll need to choose the right brand. To know whether or not you're getting high-quality tequila, Pelayo recommends looking for bottles that have a label that reads, "100 percent blue agave" and if you're in the US, looking for bottles that cost no less than $45.
Pelayo recommends several brands of tequila, starting with his own Los Osuna tequilas, which include the Blanco, Reposardo, and Anejo tequilas.
He also recommends Herradura, a premium 100 percent agave tequila that is naturally fermented with wild yeast, and Don Julio 70, a clear and crisp tequila that is aged 18 months in white-oak barrels to release flavors of vanilla, honey, and toasted oak.