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Here at La Posta de Mesilla, we celebrate Tequila every day, but did you know that July 24th has been designated National Tequila Day? There’s a good reason a whole day has been set aside for Mexico’s native spirit: simply put, it has an amazing history and legacy worthy of being shared!

When the Spanish arrived in what is now Mexico in 1519, indigenous people were already making a crude type of beer called “pulque” from the sap of the agave plant. The drink was milky white with a thin layer of foam, and a smoky-sweet taste. It was also very low in alcohol, but commonly consumed by the people who inhabited Mexico at the time.

The Spanish, however, didn’t often drink pulque, but instead preferred the spirit of their native land: brandy. When they first arrived in the new lands, they brought barrels of brandy with them to keep them satiated for a long time. As more and more ships arrived from Spain, brandy was often a main part of the shipment they received.

But eventually, the brandy dried up and the Spanish had to get creative. So, in the late 16th century, they turned to the plant that native peoples were already using to make a drink from: the agave. They roasted it, mashed it, then distilled it, and made what we now call tequila….. near the town of Tequila, almost 450 years ago.

Then, sometime around 1608, the King of Spain granted the first commercial license to distill tequila to a man named Jose Cuervo. From that point on, the tequila industry took off. More and more distilleries were founded until the area around Jalisco was famous for distilling what they called at the time, Mescal Brandy.

The named changed late in the 19th century when Don Cenobio Sauza began importing the Mescal Brandy into the United States for the first time. They labeled the new spirit “Tequila” because of the place of origin. It’s been called that ever since!

We hope you’ll join us this Tequila Day and raise a toast to our favorite spirit. Come by our Adobe Cantina y Tequileria and try something new. Or, at the very least, try your favorite tequila in one of our signature Margaritas. Salud!