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National Tequila Day: Here’s a crash course on the distilled spirit

National Tequila Day: Here's a crash course on the distilled spirit
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July 24th is National Tequila Day.

Kristopher DeSoto, the founder of Hiatus Tequila, joined “Fox & Friends weekend‘ on Sunday morning in celebration of the distillate made from fermented agave juice.

What follows are some fun facts about tequila for today and every day.

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Check out these facts here.

1. Tequila originally comes from Mexico and is named after the city of Tequila, located in the western Mexican state of Jalisco.

Kristopher DeSoto joined "Fox and Friends weekend" on National Tequila Day, Sunday July 24, 2022.

Kristopher DeSoto attended the Fox and Friends Weekend on National Tequila Day, Sunday July 24, 2022.
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2. According to DeSoto, only five states are licensed to manufacture tequila.

These states are Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit and Tamaulipas.

Jalisco is one of Mexico’s largest producers, DeSoto said on Fox & Friends Weekend.

3. The raw ingredient that makes tequila is the Mexican blue agave, a species of succulent with fleshy leaves.

According to DeSoto, it can take up to eight years for the plant to mature. When the agave is finally ripe, it is harvested and cooked to make tequila.

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4. Tequila can vary in color – and this color corresponds to the aging period.

There are three stages of aged tequila: blanco (left), reposado (middle), and añejo (right).  The aging process results in a different color.

There are three stages of aged tequila: blanco (left), reposado (middle), and añejo (right). The aging process results in a different color.
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Here is an overview of the variations.

Blanco tequila is clear and is typically aged between zero and five months.

Reposado tequila is golden amber in color and is typically aged for six months.

Añejo tequila is golden brown and is typically aged for a year.

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“Blanco is always the most popular because we’re used to recording with and all that,” DeSoto said.

“And there are three expressions.”

Kristopher DeSoto makes his Hiatus Highball cocktail with tequila, tonic, and lime on top "Fox and Friends weekend."

Kristopher DeSoto makes his Hiatus Highball cocktail with tequila, tonic and lime at Fox and Friends Weekend.
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5. The “cleaner” and “smoother” a tequila is, the less sugar it needs, DeSoto said.

“A margarita, even in Mexico, is nothing like it this side of the border,” he told Fox & Friends Weekend.

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“A margarita in Mexico is almost soda, lime, and tequila. It’s clean and you don’t feel so bad the next day.”

What drink combination recommends Kristopher DeSoto?

When a simple cocktail is what you need, DeSoto recommends the Hiatus Highball.

It consists of three ingredients: tequila, tonic water and lime juice.

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