Time To Play…TEQUILA!…The Home Version

If you have ever:

  • Gone on Spring Break and woke up with sand in all the wrong places.
  • Swore you would never take another shot of tequila.
  • Shuddered at the mere mention of  the word “Tequila”.
  • Saw pictures and heard stories about something you did and you asked, “Did I really do that?”

If you answered YES to any of those questions, then this game is for YOU!

Tequila, often misunderstood, more often mis-used, if that is possible.  It has become a refined drink, no longer for Gringos acting like Banditos.  Songs have been recorded about it, tales have been told and, well, let’s just say that there have been a lot of regrets due to this wonderful drink from the blue agave.

Okay Amigo, so let’s get going here and begin to play the Game of Tequila…the home version.  The rules are simple.  Answer the questions, have fun, and you must try at least one Tequila drink you have not previously sampled (within a week of playing), or enjoy a fine glass of tequila, served chilled (or on the rocks) but not shot!

  1. Tequila comes from a region in Mexico, by the name of Tequila.  This Tequila Region is in the Mexican state of ___ A. Acapulco; B. Stupora; C. Jalisco; or D. Guadalajara
  2. Tequila is made from the Blue Agave plant.  The Blue Agave is a plant from the ____ family.  A. Rose; B. Cactus; C. Bayer; D. Lily
  3. Manufacturing of Tequila has always been a highly regulated process enforced by The Tequila Regulatory Council (duh?) and the Mexican government.  The first person ever issued a license to manufacture Tequila, in 1758 by the King of Spain, was____  A. “Pancho” Villa; B. Jose Cuervo; C. Pepe Lopez; D. Don Julio
  4. Tequila’s close cousin, Mescal, contains mescaline, which is found in peyote, a type of cactus.  True or False
  5. There are two kinds of TequilaTrue or False
  6. There are six basic types of TequilaTrue or False
  7. The song, Mas Tequila, was recorded and made popular by ____  A. Van Halen; B. Van Hagar; C. Sammy Hagar; D. David Lee Roth

Alright DJ, cue the music and we will give the answers…remember, no losers here…and no winners either.  Just a little bit of fun and perhaps a new Tequila drink a little later on, or two.  The Answers….

  1. Tequila comes from a region in Mexico, by the name of Tequila.  This Tequila Region is in the Mexican state of  C. Jalisco.  (Anyone get stuck in the state of Stupora?)
  2. Tequila is made from the Blue Agave plant.  The Blue Agave is a plant from the D. Lily family. (yeah, I was surprised by that also, kind of makes tequila sound a little wimpy…)
  3. Manufacturing of Tequila has always been a highly regulated process enforced by The Tequila Regulatory Council (duh?) and the Mexican government.  The first person ever issued a license to manufacture Tequila, in 1758 by the King of Spain, was Joe Crow, translated into Spanish as Jose Cuervo.  (Although some insisted that it was Ralph the Porcelain god)
  4. Tequila’s close cousin, Mescal, contains mescaline, which is found in peyote, a type of cactus.  FALSE  Not even close.  Remember the Lily family?  Mescaline is found in peyote, true, but that is the cactus family.  As Zane Lampley, of Three Sheets fame, says…Mescal can make you drunk, but mescaline can make you think you are a cactus. 
  5. There are two kinds of TequilaTRUE  Not based on age or color.  Based solely on the ingredients.  Agave Tequila is a mixture of 51% blue agave juice and 49% “other sugars”.  Cuervo Gold is the best example, and this type is good for mixing (this is probably what got you in trouble on Spring Break…and pissing on the sidewalk).  100% Blue Agave Tequila is the other type.  If you have a choice…this is the one you want.
  6. There are six basic types of TequilaFalse  Actually there are five types of TequilaBlanco, or Silver, unaged, these provide the most authentic taste of distilled agave.  Oro (Gold) is very popular in the US, especially as a mixer.  It is never 100% Blue Agave, it is a mixtoResposado is a “rested” Tequila and is smoother than Blanco. Anejo tequila is aged and must spend at least a year in oak barrels aging.  Some Anejo tequilas are being compared to good Scotch or a Brandy.  Reserva tequilas are your Ultra-premium options and have reached a very popular level in the US.  These are enjoyed as, and taste similar to any fine liquor, wine or cognac.
  7. The song, Mas Tequila, was recorded and made popular by “The Red Rocker”, Sammy HagarHowever, I do not know if this was recorded Before he was abducted by aliens, after or during his visit with them.  (True, he claims to have been abducted, or at least he thinks his brain was uploaded by aliens…did anyone say peyote?)

So, how’d everyone do?  A few surprises, uh?  Well just in case you need a new tequila based drink to try, I won’t leave ya hangin’.  Here are two for you to try:

Aztec

  1. 3 Sage leaves
  2. .5 oz simple syrup
  3. .75 oz lime juice
  4. .5 oz Yellow Chartreuse
  5. .5 oz Elderflower liquor
  6. 2 oz Blanco Tequila
  7. Muddle the sage leaves in the shaker tin with the Lime juice and syrup.  Add a little ice to the shaker along with the rest of the ingredients.  Shake, pour over ice, enjoy!

Red Headed Maria

  1. 2 oz Blanco tequila
  2. .5 oz simple syrup
  3. juice from 1/2 lime
  4. .5 oz orange Curacao (or most any orange liqueur)
  5. .5 Red wine
  6. Mix the first 5 ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Pour over ice into a glass.  Add the .5 oz Red wine floater by pouring onto the top of the drink using the back of a spoon.

All joking aside, be safe and enjoy this “home” game while you are at home…not while you are driving, or need to drive.

Meanwhile, I am sure you need a little something to go with that Tequila you are thinking about…so I thought I would share a favorite recipe of mine for Grilled and Marinated Tri-Tip Beef.  Tri-Tip is a great cut of beef, not that expensive and when marinated and grilled right, it can be some of the best eating around…plus it makes for awesome sandwiches.

Grilled Tri-Tip

  • One finely chopped onion
  • 1 (12-ounce) can Mexican dark or other full-flavored beer
  • 2 teaspoons New Mexican red chile powder
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • Beef tri-tip about 3 pounds
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and pour into a large ziplock bag.  Place the Tri-Tip in the bag with the marinade and let set for 4 hours of overnight.  When you are ready to grill, remove the bag from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature.  Oil the grates on the grill and fire it up.  Remove the meat from the marinade and pat dry.  Place on grill and cook to your desired temperature.  I find that about 20 – 30 minutes will do it nicely…about medium rare.

So now you have a drink, you have your Tri-Tip, have a salad and you are set for the week end.

If you are travelling this week end…be careful and safe and smart.

If you are staying home, be sure to have fun.

Regardless, please remember the reason for this holiday weekend.  Memorial Day holiday.  First enacted to honor the Union and Confederate soldiers following the Civil War.  Originally called Decoration Day, it was a day used to decorate the graves of deceased soldiers and quickly was used to remember any relative who was deceased. After World War I, it became traditional as a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.

So raise your glass, no matter what is in it, and thank our soldiers who have served our nation.  Democrat. Republican. Tea Party.  Or whatever label you want to use.  We should all be grateful to these soldiers.  Cheers!!

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