Tequila has gotten a nasty rep on the Northern side of the Mexican border. Whether well-educated or not, this crude reputation as a hangover-inducing drink of craizes and loose ladies is a misconception. Mixtos really screwed up our public image and we’re here to set the record straight. Cut with all that added sugar and other “unidentified elements”, of course you took shots off your best friend’s stomach and then vomited on significant other’s face. That’s not real tequila. Real tequila is 100% agave, abides by rigid regulations and undergoes strict quality checks by the CRT. It had rules to follow (unlike you …you drunk!)
In honor of Mexican Independence day, September 16th, the iguana’s in our office want to tell you about the way we drink tequila here in Mexico. We’ve already lectured you about sip don’t shoot and how to savor the flavor to get a decent sense of the tequila and impress your friends with highfalutin descriptions like floral and spicy.
The common American shooter is served with salt and lime. While that style has lots of origin stories, today we’ll be telling you one in particular that has special significance for us folks south of the border. Pancho Villa was a folk hero, both revolutionary guerilla and bandit. He was the Mexican version of Robin Hood, except he ranked significantly higher on the bad-ass meter. Supposedly he liked his tequila with a lime wedge and coarse salt, now known to the savvy drinker as Pancho-Villa-style. However, truth be told the added ingredients covered up the foul odor of less efficient distillation methods.
In present day Mexico, most tequila drinkers imbibe a three-part drink called the Bandera de Mexico. It consists of three caballitos (tall skinny shot glasses): one with blanco tequila, one with fresh squeezed lime juice and one with a scrumptious, fiery bloody-Mary-type-mix called Sangrita. The three shot glasses make the three distinct colors of the Mexican flag: Red, white and green.
In support of the do-or-die culture that brought us the empowering libation otherwise known as tequila, let’s celebrate freedom, Pancho Villa Style. Belly up to the bar (or the dining room table in your house) and throw back a few Mexican flags.
Bandera Mexicana (The Mexican Flag)
1 shot glass of Blue Iguana Tequila
1 shot glass of sangrita
1 shot glass with fresh lime juice
1oz of fresh tomato juice, 1/2oz of fresh squeezed orange juice, 1oz of Mexican lime, 2-3 drops of Tabasco. Combine ingredients. Chill. For an easy and delicious substitute, use Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix
Sip the tequila. Sip the sangrita. Cleanse the palette with the lime.