Tequila’s history begins with the native Indians in the southwestern region of Mexico. They created a beverage called pulque from maguey [agave] by cooking the heart of the plant and letting it ferment. Much later, when Cortez and his Spanish conquistadors arrived in the area in the early 1500’s, they partook of the pulque. When their cache of Spanish brandy started to run out, the conquistadors began to distill the pulque and the first ‘tequila’ was created.
It would be another eighty years before tequila began to be produced in large quantities. Jump forward another 180 years to 1758, when the King of Spain granted the first license to make tequila to Jose Antonio Cuervo, a name that has remained at the forefront of tequila production to this day. Authentic tequila is a product of the state of Jalisco and the adjoining states of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit & Tamaulipas. It can only be called tequila if it is made of at least 51% blue agave [called Tequila Mixto], while true tequila aficionados only consider it tequila if it is made of 100% blue agave.Top