A gift from the Gods....

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Roca Azul

Flag of Mexico  , Jalisco,
Saturday, May 29, 2010

The story of tequila goes something like this.  Blue agave was growing wild in Mexico and during a thunderstorm one of the plants was hit by lightning.  This caused the heart of the plant to be cooked and after awhile it fermented.  The local people were intrigued and decided to try the liquid.  This brought on a joyous feeling of  love and well-being.  So it is from this time on that man has been making tequila but the original production was, indeed, a gift from the Gods!

This story was related to us on our tour of the Sauza tequila factory and it answered one of Kens most pressing questions - who or how was tequila first 'discovered'.  After all, who would look at the spiky blue agave plant and think, I can make a drink out of that? 

The process for making tequila has actually changed little since the early days.  The plants are harvested, the spikes are removed and the heart of the plant - called the pineapple - is cooked.  After being softened up the pineapple is cut up and squeezed.  The juice is than distilled to make tequila. 

One other bit of trivia...only Tequila bottled in the town of Tequila can be called Tequila.  And a visit to the 'home land' enabled Ken to remove yet one more item from his 'list'. 
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lesli and ernesto on

ernesto was remembering his home town of Magdelena where he was born. We loved this pictures and reading the history of tequila. you are truly living the life! we miss you and think of you often. thank you for sharing your life on the road. we miss you, lesli and ernesto prado

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