Yes, the blue agave plant, a spiky-leaved plant that grows well in regions of Mexico where the red volcanic soil helps the plant produce the sugars (the agave is classified as a succulent) that make it so ripe for distilling. You know, like the region close to the town of Tequila.
That’s right, today is National Tequila Day and that can mean only one thing. Time for a toast.
And we at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa know a little something about tequila. In fact it’s a specialty of the house at Gypsy Bar, the best stocked tequila bar in Atlantic City offering up everything from blanco tequilas to Anejo tequila. Check out Gypsy Bar’s drink menu.
But it hardly stops there as you can get some of the finest tequilas in the world at other Borgata bars such as the Long Bar and the Sunroom Lounge and Sunbar—and pretty much everywhere else at Borgata.
In fact, Borgata’s tequila selection can introduce you to the entire complex selection of tequilas which distillers have been mass producing since around the year 1600.
First produced by the Spanish Conquistadors (after they ran out of brandy) around 1520, tequila is one of the first indigenous distilled spirts ever produced in the New World. And that’s not even counting the Aztecs, who had been distilling the agave plant for centuries before Europeans settlers found it.
So enough history, the point is a lot of people have been making a lot of different tequilas for a lot of years.
So in order to help you sort it all out, we’ve prepared this handy tequila info-graphic to help you find your perfect tequila toast to celebrate the holiday. Whether you choose the Agave Suave Margarita at Gypsy Bar or the Mexican Gimlet at the Sunroom—or just a shot with salt and a lemon wedge—we’ve got the tequila for you.
And all thanks to a spiky blue plant from Mexico.