The worm, the salt, the lime, the machismo—all of your questions will finally be answered.
¡Tequila! author, Marie Sarita Gaytán offers a handful of lesser-known facts about the national spirit of Mexico, tailor-made to impress at your next cocktail hour. For a chance to win a free copy of her book and a customized shot glass, enter here.
1.Tequila does not have a worm in its bottle.
The worm, or gusano, is associated with certain types of mezcal. Mezcal is a name that has multiple meanings—it’s the term for all distilled agave drinks (thus tequila is technically a type of mezcal), but since 2005, it also signifies its own distinct drink category with a denomination of origin (protective legislation that recognizes the influence that place has on product taste and quality). Although mezcal has a long history of production in nearly all of Mexico, with dozens of types of agave as ingredients, today it can only legally be produced in eight states.