Let’s take a moment to talk about one of America’s favorite adopted holidays, Cinco de Mayo. If you think this is going to be a piece written about American appropriation of Mexican culture it might be time to grab your margaritas and run.
This will not be a post about anything political. This is a really serious, tongue-in-cheek blog post about one component of Cinco de Mayo, TEQUILA!
Whether you love it or hate it, tequila has made an important impact our culture. We memorialize it effects in songs and we’ve even created a chain restaurant that celebrates its very existence- Thanks, Mr. Buffet!
It’s no secret that tequila is one of the most potent drinks on the market. The way it affects us differs from person to person, but there is a secret hidden within the chemical composition of this notorious little beverage that makes it so…. powerful! The graphic below, brought to you by our friends from ACS Reactions, helps explain why tequila has a such a strong effect and is able to do the things that tequila does.
First, tequila has a surprisingly complex flavor profile. Prior to sipping tequila you smell a combination of chocolate, cake, whiskey, and wood. I guess taste varies….? Surprisingly, methanol is critical to distilling a great tasting and powerful batch of tequila.
I don’t think that the realization that there is methanol in tequila makes us shy away from drinking it, but it definitely makes a great case for spending a few extra dollars to upgrade to top-shelf and, hopefully, avoid a killer hangover on Seis de Mayo.