Myth Bustin' Tequila Lore.
There’s a worm in the bottle.
A bottle of tequila has never and should never have a worm in it. Some low-grad mescals (a spirit which shares many similarities with but is not the same as tequila) can contain a worm. But no matter what kind of alcohol you’re buying, a worm (or any other creature) in the bottle is a very bad sign.
Margaritas are the only tequila cocktails.
We love Margaritas and the occasional shot, but tequila can also be used in a wide range of other concoctions. From classics like the Paloma to new creations like the St. Rita and Mexican Punch there are lots to try.
It’s cactus juice.
Contrary to popular belief, tequila is not made from a cactus but instead agave. The agave plant is forbidding, with pointy needles and sharp leaves, but it’s actually a member of a different botanical order, asparagales, making it a relative of the yucca plant and Joshua tree. It takes several years for the agave to mature fully, and the best brands usually harvest when the plants are about a decade old.
You can’t mix aged tequilas.
We often hear that you should only use silver (also known as blanco or plata) tequila in cocktails and only sip aged spirits straight. That’s rubbish. In fact, we recommend using a reposado in a Margarita or a fine añejo in a spicy spin on the Old Fashioned.
Tequila is only for shots.
Usually if you ask for tequila in a bar or someone’s home, it will be served in a shot glass. While that may good for slammers, Bezuidenhout recommends treating the spirit as you would a single malt Scotch. A wine glass, a Champagne flute or even a rocks glass will allow it to open up. “You want to enjoy the aromas, flavors and nuances,” he says.