Tequila is a Mexican alcoholic beverage made from the distillation of the blue agave plant. There are two basic categories of tequila: 100% agave and mixtos with at least 51% of agave and the rest other sugars. There are five types of bottled tequila. Blanco (white or silver): white spirit, unaged and bottled or stored immediately after distillation or aged less than two months. Joven (gold or young): unaged silver tequila which can be flavored with caramel coloring, glycerin, syrup or oak extract. Reposado (rested): aged a minimum of two months and less than a year in oak barrels. Añejo (aged): aged a minimum of one year and less than three years in oak barrels. Extra Añejo (extra aged): aged a minimum of three years in oak barrels. The traditional way to drink tequila is pure, without lime and salt. Outside Mexico, tequila is most of the times served with salt and a slice of lime (tequila cruda or lick-sip-suck). In some countries the salt and the lime are replaced with cinnamon and a piece or orange. The tequila slammer is a mix of tequila with a carbonated drink. Tequila is an important ingredient in loads of cocktail recipes. One of the most famous is the margarita. Often tequila is mixed with a fruit juice like in the tequila sunrise.
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