Tequila’s Miracle Plant

The Blue Agave plant is not just any shrub

This is a blue agave plant used to make blanco tequila, reposado Tequila  and anejo Tequila. Great agave makes great tequila makes great Tequila cocktails

Originally native to Mexico, the Blue Agave plant is now grown throughout the world.  But only the Blue Agave plant grown in Jalisco, Mexico (plus a few other municipalities) can be used to make 100% de Agave Tequila. In fact, it is the only ingredient for Blanco, Reposado and Anejo Tequila.  
Despite its appearance, the Blue Agave plant is NOT part of the cactus family.  The agave family have more in common with the lily, and have no relation to the cactus, despite both being prickly succulents.  Close relatives to the Blue Agave plant are onions, garlic, palm trees, pineapples, artichoke, and asparagus.  The semi-circular arrangement of their leaves, or layers, hints at a biological similarity.   


The Blue Agave’s unique characteristics are borne from the water-starved environment of Mexico, equipping the plant with a natural resilience to drought and water shortage, as well as a multitude of other, natural defenses. Perhaps it is this need to survive without a lot of water, Blue Agave plants have incredibly long maturity cycle. Most agaves are harvested after 5-7 years of growth, but some jimadores prefer to harvest the plants at 14 years of age.  The longer they mature, the more agavins (fructose) can grow in the piña (the ‘heart’) of the agave, which means more Tequila!  


If you don’t harvest the Blue Agave in time, a large, long stalk grows straight up, with yellow flowers that blossom at its end.  The flowers require much of the piña’s sugar to grow, so jimadores make sure to harvest the plant before the stalk, let alone the flower, grow.  If the plant is left to blossom, it will die off, as it is monocarpic.  


This is a lot of information – truly interesting information – but we don’t blame you if you want a drink to wash down these Blue Agave plant facts. Might we recommend our Organic 100% de Agave Blanco Tequila (but feel to try our Reposado and Anejo too)? Salud!

Mexican Independence Day

Mexican cuisine – Chiles en nogada

September 16th is Mexican Independence Day (no, it’s not Cinco de Mayo), and believe it or not Mexican and American Independence have quite a few things in common.

Both were seeking to overthrow a colonial government that had conquered the native peoples of that land – the British for the Americans, and the Spanish for the Mexicans.

In addition, both revolutions have a rallying cry “moment” that fanned the flames of freedom. The Mexican equivalent of the Boston Tea Party is “El Grito” – the day Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla called on Mexicans in the town of Dolores to rise up against the Spanish.

Hidalgo was already involved in the revolutionary movement and it was, in fact, José Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara (the George Washington of Mexico) who asked Hidalgo to inspire people to revolution. On the 16th of September at 2:30 AM (having freed about 80 pro-independence inmates from jail), Hidalgo rang the church bells and gathered the populous and said (in essence): “Long live Our Lady of Guadalupe [symbol of the Indians’ faith], death to bad government, death to the gachupines [the Spaniards]!”.

Each year the President of the Mexican Republic shouts a version of “El Grito” from the balcony of the National Palace in Mexico City: “Viva México! Viva la Independencia! Vivan los héroes!” Everybody else celebrates with fireworks, bands and the odd glass of Tequila. We suggest you join them, raise a glass of Tres Agaves Tequila, and cheer, ‘Salud’!

Your Guide To Visiting the Tequila Valley

Local Insights for a Perfect Tequila Vacation

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The town of Tequila at dusk (the perfect time to drink tequila cocktails)

We’re very proud of our home in Tequila Valley – so proud that we’d like to invite you to come and spend time with us there amongst the agave fields.

You’d start your journey in the town of Tequila, just a 45 minute drive from Guadalajara airport. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and for good reason. Stand in the town square and admire the Parroquia Santiago Apóstol church, built in the 17th century in the baroque style with beautiful stained glass windows. If you come at the right time, you will also see the “voladores” or flying dancers. These dancers climb a 50 ft pole, spinning around it using ropes tied to their feet.

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Voladores in the town of Tequila

When you have finished, wander across the square to the town hall and see a beautiful mural by the artist Manuel Hernández which shows the story of the creation of Tequila (the spirit) from agave by the Aztec goddess Mayahuel.

Before the morning is out, you have time to wonder over to the Museo de Tequila. There you can learn more about the history of Tequila, how it is made and see some ancient tools (as well as some very cool bottle designs from various Tequila brands).

After this, or at any point along the way, it would be wrong for you not to want to stop and quench your thirst. Try going to La Cata (https://www.lacatatequila.com/), a bar with a huge variety of Tequilas and knowledgeable staff. If you’re hungry, grab a Torta from La Casa de Nena (https://goo.gl/maps/RnMzkenuYo8kuub89) right off the square or wander around the market to find some fresh tacos.

After all that, it might be time for a siesta! More of what to do in Tequila in Part 2.

Blue Agave: Health Facts

You may have heard about this magical plant the Blue Weber Agave plant. And the fact that it is the only ingredient allowed in 100% de Agave Tequila (like Tres Agaves) is not the only reason.

The Blue Weber Agave plant is the only ingredient used in agave nectar. To make the nectar, the agave plant’s piñas are crushed to extract the juices, which are then heated and filtered to create the simple sugar fructose, and then concentred into a syrup. Despite the fact that there are more steps in making agave syrup than say, harvesting honey from a beehive, it’s still considered a healthy option. Agave nectar has:

  • The same calories as honey (54 cal per tablespoon)
  • A very low glycemic index (19-27 vs. 83 and 89 in honey and high fructose corn syrup, respectively) means you won’t get high blood sugar levels.
  • Agave contains saponins, which have anti-inflammatory and immune system-boosting properties (think quinoa and ginseng)

The agave plant is also the source of the probiotic inulin. Inulin acts as food for certain gut bacteria and has been suggested by numerous studies to relieve constipation and promote weight loss.

The more you know!

Guadalajara: Gateway to Tequila

Planning to Visit Tequila? Try Guadalajara on your way.

If you’re looking to get to know Mexico beyond the standard fare of Mexico City and beaches, look no farther than Guadalajara. It’s the second-largest municipality in Mexico and has been a hub for Mexican culture for years (did you know mariachi was born in Guadalajara)? And of course, the town of Tequila is only a 45-minute drive away.


The capital of the state of Jalisco, Guadalajara has a rich history, present in its incredible architecture. From cathedrals to churches and plazas, you can spend hours checking out the Instituto Cultural de Cabañas (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the Catedral de Guadalajara, constructed in 1561. For a city founded in 1452, Guadalajara has done a remarkable job preserving its historical architecture – so don’t miss it!


Not enough culture for you? Ok, head to the neighborhood of Tlaquepaque, a beautiful, vibrant art district whose main streets feature dancers, merchants selling trinkets and handmade artwork, and street performers. Let’s see your haggling skills on display!


While you’re there, grab a margarita (or other Tequila cocktails), or even a shot at El Parián de Tlaquepaque. This square is filled with bars and restaurants and so is a great place to grab a drink and listen to some of the Mariachi bands playing for various patrons. Feel free to ask for a song, but use those haggling skills to negotiate a price upfront.


And don’t forget, after a long day, find yourself some authentic Mexican cuisine. We love Santo Coyote – the atmosphere is incredible and you can’t go wrong with their dessert buffet. Just make sure you leave room for their Tequila cocktails.

History of the Jalisco Mule

How did the classic drink find it’s way into the copper mug?

The Moscow Mule was reportedly invented when the presidents of a ginger beer company a liquor distributor and Smirnoff were sitting in a bar inventing a new drink. The iconic copper mug the drink is served in was the genius of John Martin, president of the liquor distributor, who used it as a means for the drink to stand out in bars and be asked for.

As to who the genius was who decided to replace vodka with Tequila we don’t know, but we commend them for it. Here’s our favorite recipe for a delicious Jalisco Mule!

History of the Tequila Sunrise

The Tequila Sunrise cocktail is as colorful itself as its history. The simple recipe, Tequila, orange juice, and grenadine, make a cocktail so delicious and so bright it was adopted by rock stars and found its way to the title of a famous class rock song!

In the 1930s, Gene Sulit of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel combined Tequila, soda water, lime juice, and liqueur to create the first ‘Tequila Sunrise’. Over the years, the drink found its way farther west, landing in the Bay Area. In Sausalito, a city north of San Francisco, the bartenders at The Trident, Bobby Lozoff and Billy Rice, remade the Tequila Sunrise, this time with just Tequila, orange juice, and grenadine. It just so happened The Trident was the site of a private party organized by famous San Franciscan Bill Graham, where one of rock’s greatest bands, The Rolling Stones, was kicking off their 1972 tour of America. Mick Jagger, the lead singer of The Rolling Stones, had one, ordered some for his fellow bandmates, who ordered more for their entourage. Soon the Tequila Sunrise became the Stones go-to drink while on tour, spreading the cocktail nationwide as they ordered the Tequila cocktail in every town they came across.

But the Tequila Sunrise’s love affair with classic rock didn’t end with The Rolling Stones! A year later, in 1973, the Eagles, another great rock band out of California, named one of their songs ‘Tequila Sunrise’ on their Desperado album – cementing the Tequila cocktail’s legacy in not just the annals of rock history, but the spirits and cocktail history of America.

So, are you thirsty yet? Well, grab a bottle of our Organic 100% de Agave Blanco Tequila, some fresh orange juice and grenadine, put on your classic rock (we recommend The Rolling Stones) and mix yourself a ‘Tequila Sunrise’. All there’s left to do after that is enjoy the beautiful day.

Tequila Sunrise Recipe: Click Here!

History of the Negroni: Count Negroni

The Negroni, and its cousin the Aperol Spritz, is the “it” cocktail right now. But just what is it and where did it come from?

It all starts with the creation of Campari in Italy in 1860. The inventor, a cafe owner in Novara, Italy, infused fruit and a secret spice blend into alcohol to create this now-famous liquor. The drink became popular, with most people adding sweet vermouth to lessen the bitterness of the original drink.

Americans coming to fashionable Milan in the early 20th century also took to the drink but preferred their aperitifs with soda water. The resulting concoction became known as an Americano. Cue Count Camillo Negroni.

In 1920 Negroni was at his favorite Florentine cafe when he asked the bartender to make his Americano stronger. The bartender switched out the soda for gin and the result was what we know as the classic Negroni.

Today there are many versions and derivatives of this favorite drink. Our preferred variation is to switch out the gin for, you guessed, Tequila (specifically our Añejo). Try our own Jalisco Negroni for the Tequila twist.

Salud!