Hearing the word tequila conjures up two thoughts. Three, actually. Mexico, college, and this little cinematic gem:
I have indulged in this south of the border spirit from time to time (and paid for it dearly), but it wasn’t until I experience a genuine tequila tasting in Puerto Vallarta that I truly began to understand it.
Contrary to popular belief, drinking copious amounts of tequila will (obviously) get you sloshed, but it shouldn’t give you a headache – unless it is not pure tequila.
Most of the American brands we know well are cheap substitutes for the Mexican varieties and laced with various chemical additives.
Truly authentic tequila is made from just one ingredient- the blue agave plant. Like champagne, Mexican laws state that the spirit can only be produced in the Tequila region and the surrounding area in Jalisco county (Puerto Vallarta is nearby).
To drink tequila like a true Jaliscon, choose a tequila that says it is 100% agave on the label, made in Mexico, and preferably aged (reposado and añejo are both good choices).
Fill a standard sized shot glass with the tequila, and instead of downing it, take your time to sip it. This ensures that you will be able to taste the subtleties of the flavors, and keep hangovers at bay.
If you must have lime, wait until your glass is empty. Salud!