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People have been mixing Coke with booze since at least the early 20th century, because the combination is freakin’ fantastic — on our site alone we have about 40 tasty Coke and booze recipes. But for more than a hundred years, Coke and booze has only been a matter of mixing one of the few variations of the bubbly soda with alcohol. Now, the beverage giant is looking to change that by launching four new flavors in fancy AF bottles that are tailored-made to mix with alcohol. 

Seriously though, do we need a top hat to mix these “Coca-Cola Signature Mixers” with some JD or what? 

First, the bad news: The new Coke mixers (via Cosmopolitan) are only available in the U.K. right now, although we all know that if they sell well there, they’ll be available worldwide before you can say “I’d like to buy the world a Coke.”  

If you’re in the U.K. though, or if you’re living elsewhere and are willing to wait to buy your Signature Mixers, you’ll be treated to four sophisticated-sounding flavors including Smoky Notes, Spicy Notes, Herbal Notes, and Woody Notes. And if those mixers sound like they were developed using the input of premier drink makers, that’s because they were. According to Business Insider, which originally put out the story, “the mixers have been created in collaboration with some of the world’s leading bartenders.” OK, fine, but where the f*&k was Skyy John helping the Coke folk to make these? Huh? HUH?! 

That Business Insider article goes a lot deeper into flowery descriptions for the flavor notes of each different type of Coke mixer, but basically they’ll all work best with whiskey, spiced rum, and aged tequilas. So, yeah, you’ll still be making Jack and Cokes or rum and Cokes with these bad boys, but you’ll be pouring from some fancy ass bottles. The new flavors could be interesting though, so any Tipsy fans in the U.K., send us some bottles por favor. 

What are your thoughts on these new Coke mixers? Are you going to give them a shot when they come to your hood or you good with the classic stuff? Let us know in the comments! 

Images: Coca Cola 

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The Adios Motherfucker, a.k.a the the AMF, a.k.a. a bunch of other nicknames, is a polarizing drink — it seems you either love it for its cheap price and potency or hate it for… its cheap price and potency. Regardless, it’s a legendary drink. Urban Dictionary says that it’s called the Adios Motherfucker because that’s supposedly what a bartender could say to patrons when they order one. So if you love it, here are a bunch of new ways to love it. And if you hate it, here are a bunch of new ways to give it a second chance. It may surprise you….

1. The Frozen Adios

First up, we have The Frozen Adios. This slushy cup of deliciousness is the perfect AMF for a super-hot day or a really cold night if you’re some kind of freak who loves hypothermia.

The Frozen Adios - YouTube

SEE THE RECIPE. 

2. The Adios Motherfucker Shot

The Adios Motherfucker Shot! It’s impossible to say what the best 21st birthday shot of all time is, but… wait no it isn’t, this is the best one. Newbie drinkers still beware though: these bad boys are small, but strong — like little blue Godzillas.

Adios Motherf*cker Shot - YouTube

SEE THE RECIPE. 

3. The Adios Pink Lemonade

If you want to down an Adios but just can’t handle the electric-blue color, try this Adios Pink Lemonade. This Adios cocktail variation also switches out lemon-lime soda for pink lemonade, so its flavored differently, but just as sweet.

Adios Pink Lemonade - YouTube

SEE THE RECIPE. 

4. The Adios Snow Cones

Let loose your totally insane inner child who loves to drink (your inner child is 21+) with these Adios Snow Cones. They’re perfect for daytime parties, which you should invite us to if you don’t want to be rude.

Adios Snow Cones - Tipsy Bartender - YouTube

SEE THE RECIPE. 

5. Adios Motherfucker Jello Shots

Slurp up the Adios cocktail recipe goodness with these AMF Jello shots! We haven’t done the research, but we’re pretty sure these are contenders for strongest dessert shooters out there.

AMF Jello Shots - Tipsy Bartender - YouTube

SEE THE RECIPE. 

6. The Adios Sugar Goblet

Yeah, we’re getting ridiculous now: This monster bowl of a blue cocktail is the Adios Sugar Goblet, and yes, it’s topped off with Everclear and garnished with a big ol’ lollipop. There’s dry ice in here too because why not?

Adios Sugar Goblet - Tipsy Bartender - YouTube

SEE THE RECIPE. 

7. The Classic Adios Motherfucker

Finally, we need to give you the recipe for the Classic Adios Motherfucker. We love the rest of the drinks on this list, but we have to pay respect to the G.O.A.T.

Adios MF - YouTube

SEE THE RECIPE. 

Have any thoughts on these various Adios Motherfucker cocktail recipes? Give us your AMF-in’ thoughts in the comments below!

GIFS: Giphy 

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#PolarVortex2019 is here and a massive portion of America is now so cold it can legally be considered a Slurpee. But there are ways to handle the mad cold that mama nature has wrought upon the U.S., and any reasonable person would say the best one would be to drink lots of spiked hot chocolates. So with that prescription for warmth in mind, here are ten of our favorite spiked hot chocolate recipes

1. AMARETTO HOT CHOCOLATE

First up we have the super-delicious Amaretto Hot Chocolate. With each sip of this chocolatey almond treat you’ll be one step closer to defrosting your icy little organs. 

Amaretto Hot Chocolate - YouTube

SEE THE RECIPE.

2. CANDY CANE HOT CHOCOLATE 

Yeah, it’s not Christmas, but it’s so cold it may as well be. So bust out with this Candy Cane Hot Chocolate recipe and don’t stop drinking until it’s warm outside or it’s actually Christmas again. (Just kidding, you should probably stop after one of these.)

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate - YouTube

SEE THE RECIPE.

3. THE GRINCH HOT CHOCOLATE 

Speaking of Christmas, why not try out this Grinch Hot Chocolate? This warm green cocktail mixes up white chocolate liqueur, green crème de menthe and peppermint schnapps, and tastes just as sweet as a Dr. Seuss story ending. 

The Grinch Hot Chocolate - Tipsy Bartender - YouTube

SEE THE RECIPE. 

4. SPIKED WHITE HOT CHOCOLATE 

The Spiked White Hot Chocolate! This one tastes like peppermint and white chocolate and is perfect if you want your warm cocktail to match the snow that’s currently piled up in front of your windows. 

Spiked White Hot Chocolate - YouTube

SEE THE RECIPE.

5. PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE 

Oh yeah, we also have this straight-up Peppermint Hot Chocolate. This one is a bit different than the Spiked White Hot Chocolate ’cause it includes chocolate sauce and Irish cream. 

Peppermint Hot Chocolate - YouTube

SEE THE RECIPE. 

6. POLAR BEAR HOT CHOCOLATE 

For all you chocolate lovers who’re looking to stay warm we have the Polar Bear Hot Chocolate. Make one of these bad boys and then just hibernate on your couch with some Netflix. 

Polar Bear Hot Chocolate - YouTube

SEE THE RECIPE.

7. RED WINE HOT CHOCOLATE 

We know some of you are probably scared of this Red Wine Hot Chocolate ’cause it mixes up wine and creamy flavors, but for those of you brave folks who’ve been hardened by the cold, this one’s for you. 

Red Wine Hot Chocolate - YouTube

SEE THE RECIPE.

8. MAYAN HOT CHOCOLATE

The Mayan Hot Chocolate is one of those drinks that’s perfect for people living their best cabin life. It mixes up Cognac, cocoa, cinnamon, and chili powder — ’cause sometimes you need to fight chilly with chili, right? 

Mayan Hot Chocolate - Tipsy Bartender - YouTube

SEE THE RECIPE. 

9. SPIKED COCONUT HOT CHOCOLATE 

Coconut lovers who need to keep their body temperatures above absolute zero should check out this Spiked Coconut Hot Chocolate recipe. You can even serve it in a coconut after you fly to Hawaii to avoid freezing to death. 

Spiked Coconut Hot Chocolate - Tipsy Bartender - YouTube

SEE THE RECIPE. 

10. NUTELLA HENNY HOT CHOCOLATE 

For the finale, we have the Nutella Henny Hot Chocolate. We’d say more about it, but if this name doesn’t already make you feel warm, then you’re a snowman or something. 

Nutella Henny Hot Chocolate - YouTube

SEE THE RECIPE. 

Which one of these bad boys are you goin’ to use to keep warm? Shake your brain freeze and give us some thoughts and opinions in the comments!

GIFS: Giphy 

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In February of last year Ryan Reynolds, a.k.a. Detective Pikachu, became the “proud owner” of Aviation American Gin, a gin producer located in Portland, OR. Now he and the company have started putting out ads, and the first one perfectly spoofs that weird, super-wholesome, down-homey vibe that every booze producer tries to capture in their own commercials. Check it out:

The Process | Aviation Gin - YouTube

A few of the best things to note from the clip are the myriad dudes with gigantic beards (’cause beards = organic and natural), beating “the living hell” out of the Juniper berries with wood paddles, and the fact that the gin is serenaded by Sarah McLachlan. Fun fact: Both Reynolds and McLachlan are Canadian.

That’s as fun as Canadian facts get.

Also, apparently Reynolds has teamed up with Richard Branson to have Aviation served aboard Virgin Atlantic flights. Which really isn’t that exciting ’cause everybody knows those little nips of wine are the way to go on airplanes, but we do have to admit that “AviaVirgination” has a hell of a ring to it.

Virgin Atlantic & Aviation American Gin: Taking Off Together Soon - YouTube

Have any notes for Reynolds and Aviation Gin on their first commercial featuring the blockbuster actor? Should the beards have been even thicker and longer? Check out some of our favorite gin mixed drink recipes and then give us your thoughts in the comments!

1. Blackberry Lemon G&T

Blackberry Lemon G&T - Tipsy Bartender - YouTube

Check out the recipe for the Blackberry Lemon G&T.

2. Dead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning - YouTube

Check out the recipe for the Dead Reckoning.

3. The White Lady 

The White Lady - YouTube

Check out the recipe for The White Lady.

Featured Image: YouTube / Ryan Reynolds 

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Everybody’s been in a fight over which brand of beer is the best — if you haven’t, then you’re some kind of Zen monk or just one of the many people who prefer hard liquor. But you can’t fight big data, and the numbers tell us that these are the top 25 best-selling beer brands from 2018. If your favorite beer didn’t make the list (which was compiled by 24/7 Wall St. and comes via VinePair), that doesn’t necessarily mean your beer sucks; it just probably means that it’s a craft beer and you have a curled mustache and a ton of tattoos that you’ll regret in about 20 years.

And the top 25 beer brands of 2018 are…

25. Milwaukee’s Best Ice  

Barrels shipped: 1.2 million 

Market share: 0.5% 

Image: Molson Coors Brewing Company 

24. Corona Light 

Barrels shipped: 1.2 million+

Market share: 0.6%

Image: Constellation Brands 

23. Icehouse 

Barrels shipped: 1.3 million 

Market share: 0.6%

Image: Molson Coors Brewing Company 

22. Steel Reserve 

Barrels shipped: 1.6 million 

Market share: 0.6%

Image: The Steel Brewing Company 

21. Coors Banquet 

Barrels shipped: 1.7 million 

Market share: 0.8%

Image: Molson Coors Brewing Company 

20. Dos Equis 

Barrels shipped: 2.0 million 

Market share: 0.9%

19. Blue Moon 

Barrels shipped: 2.1 million 

Market share: 1.0% 

Image: Molson Coors Brewing Company 

18. Yuengling Lager 

Barrels shipped: 2.2 million 

Market share: 1.0% 

Image: D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. 

17. Natural Ice 

Barrels shipped: 2.4 million 

Market share: 1.0%

Image: Anheuser-Busch InBev

16. Pabst Blue Ribbon 

Barrels shipped: 2.5 million 

Market share: 1.2% 

15. Bud Ice 

Barrels shipped: 2.6 million

Market share: 1.2% 

Image: Anheuser-Busch InBev

14. Stella Artois 

Barrels shipped: 2.7 million 

Market share: 1.3% 

Image: Anheuser-Busch InBev

13. Miller High Life 

Barrels shipped: 3.5 million 

Market share: 1.6% 

Image: Molson Coors Brewing Company 

12. Keystone Light 

Barrels shipped: 3.5 million 

Market share: 1.6%

Image: Molson Coors Brewing Company 

11. Heineken 

Barrels shipped: 4.0 million 

Market share: 1.8% 

10. Busch 

Barrels shipped: 4.7 million 

Market share: 2.2% 

9. Busch Light 

Barrels shipped: 6.4 million 

Market share: 3% 

Image: Anheuser-Busch InBev

8. Natural Light 

Barrels shipped: 6.5 million 

Market share: 3.0% 

7. Modelo Especial 

Barrels shipped: 7.2 million 

Market share: 3.3% 

Image: Constellation Brands 

6. Michelob Ultra 

Barrels shipped: 7.7 million 

Market share: 3.6%

Image: Anheuser-Busch InBev

5. Corona Extra 

Barrels shipped: 8.7 million 

Market share: 4.1%

4. Miller Lite 

Barrels shipped: 13.1 million 

Market share: 6.1%

3. Budweiser 

Barrels shipped: 13.3 million 

Market share: 6.2%

2. Coors Light 

Barrels shipped: 16.5 million 

Market share: 7.7%

1. Bud Light 

Barrels shipped: 33.1 million 

Market share: 15.4% 

What do you think of this list, people? Are you surprised that Bud Light has such a massive advantage when it comes to market share? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! And check out these three cocktails that use some of those best-selling beers. 

1. CORONARITA 

Coronarita - YouTube

See recipe

2. BLUE MOON MANGO MARGARITA 

Blue Moon Mango Margarita - YouTube

See recipe

3. BEER TOWER 

Beer Tower - Tipsy Bartender - YouTube

See recipe

4. STRAWBERRY LEMONADE BEER 

Strawberry Lemonade Beer - YouTube

See recipe. 

Images: Tipsy Bartender

GIFS: Giphy 

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Here are seven New Year’s Eve cocktail recipes that’ll make your NYE 2019 truly special. No wait, it’s the people who’ll do that, these are just going to get you all tipsy so the memories are funnier. 

1. Champagne Gummy Bears 

Chew on these gummy gum gums soaked in champagne and feel decadent as a bright and beautiful future we can all believe in. What does 2019 hold? Dunno, but your mouth probably holds a lot of these gum-bros.

Champagne Gummy Bears - YouTube

See the recipe

2. New Year’s Purple Shimmering Champagne 

Does your champagne even shimmer, bro? No? Well, this New Year’s Purple Shimmering Champagne does and you stir it with a stick of rock candy. That’s some 2019 ish.  

The New Year's Purple Shimmering Champagne - YouTube

See the recipe

3. Badass New Year’s Champagne Punch 

For a little over $50 you can keep you and seven friends the perfect level of tipsy all night long with this Badass New Year’s Champagne Punch. It’s fruity n’ boozy, and perfect for boujin‘ on a budget. 

Badass New Year's Champagne Punch - Tipsy Bartender - YouTube

See the recipe

4. Champagne Jello Shots 

Look at these Champagne jello shots and tell us these wouldn’t make any NYE 2019 party more awesome. Go ahead and DM us with your argument if you want, you will lose. 

Champagne Jello Shots - YouTube

See the recipe

5. The Lava Lamp 

The Lava Lamp is admittedly kind of gimmicky, but it still tastes great and is primo Instagram material. By the way, be cautious when you post and drink, people! 

Lava Lamp - Tipsy Bartender - YouTube

See the recipe

6. A Goodnight Kiss 

Hopefully you’ll be getting a kiss from a boo at the stroke of midnight on NYE, but if not, we got you covered with this Goodnight Kiss cocktail. Or you can do both and do some three-way smoochin’. 

A Goodnight Kiss - Tipsy Bartender - YouTube

See the recipe

7. Cotton Candy Pink Champagne 

Yeah, people, this is still Tipsy Bartender, so here’s the recipe for Cotton Candy Pink Champagne. If there’s one night out of the year when it’s cool to mix cotton candy and champagne, it’s New Year’s Eve. 

Cotton Candy Pink Champagne - YouTube

See the recipe

8. Strawberry Champagne Slush 

Finally we have the Strawberry Champagne Slush, the drink that will brain freeze you so hard you’ll think time has stopped. It’s great if you never want the big countdown to end. 

Strawberry Champagne Slush - Tipsy Bartender - YouTube

See the recipe

Which one of these tasty NYE cocktail recipes will you be making for your party? Also, will your party have pizza? Let us know in the comments ’cause we don’t have plans yet! 

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Fellow patriots! It’s time to celebrate America’s Independence once again, and what better way to do that than with some red, white, and boozy cocktails? (See what we did there?) OK, we’ll stop talking now and just let you all enjoy these insane drinks that are cheap and delicious enough to enjoy in large quantities with all your little revolutionary friends. And drink responsibly you dang colonials! 

1. 4th of July in a Bottle

Forget about your little bottle rockets if you’re looking to celebrate Independence Day right and instead bust out with these 4th of July in a Bottle cocktails. These slushed-up bad boys mix up vodka with coconut and strawberry flavors, and are perfect for all you folks currently dealing with heat as deadly as an 18th century guerrilla squad of American farmer-fighters. 

4th of July in a Bottle - YouTube

See recipe. 

2. 4th of July Jello Shots 

If you love America, then you know this country is all about freedom and making things jiggle — that’s in the Constitution, look it up. So bust out with these 4th of July Jello Shots while you’re BBQing and waving your flags around if you really want to show people that you love these great United States. 

4th of July Jello Shots - YouTube

See recipe. 

3. All American Daiquiri 

Imagine chilling out at your Fourth of July block party or whatever and busting out with this All American Daiquiri. You’ll make so many friends so fast NBC will give you sitcom that’ll get cancelled after eight episodes. Seriously, this drink is so freakin’ ‘Murica you may want to a wear a hat ’cause you’ll have bald eagles landing on your head all day. 

All American Daiquiri - YouTube

See recipe.

4. 4th of July Raspberry America 

If you’re looking for a really sweet drink you can sip on all day on the Fourth, try out this 4th of July Raspberry America. This gorgeous drink perfectly mixes up sweet and citrus flavors, and despite its really smooth taste is still real dang potent. 

4th of July Raspberry America - YouTube

See recipe.

5. America Slushie

This America Slushie is another one of those beautiful red, white, and blue slush drinks that’s ideal for sipping in the sun by the pool or seaside. Seriously though if your plans for Independence Day are to chill out and drink this drink by the water, congratulate yourself ’cause you’re living the American dream. 

America Slushie - YouTube

See recipe. 

6. 4th of July Layered Shot

It’s simple, it’s beautiful, it’s America as heck, it’s the 4th of July Layered Shot. This simple little shooter is the drink you want to go with if you’re having a big Independence Day party and you’re kind of cheap — we’re not judging by the way, why do you think we put up this recipe in the first place? 

4th of July Layered Shot - YouTube

See recipe.

7. 4th of July Spiked Bomb Pop

If you’re not getting as excited as George Washington after being named first President of the U.S. upon hearing the name “4th of July Spiked Bomb Pop” then are you truly a U.S. citizen? Yes, of course. But still, you need to try this gorgeous slushy rum drink if you’re looking to set off some little firecrackers for your tastebuds. 

4th of July Spiked Bomb Pop - YouTube

See recipe

8. Merica Vodka Cinnamon Whiskey Cherries 

OK, we’re not even kidding around here: You need to make these Merica Vodka Cinnamon Whiskey Cherries for this Independence Day ’cause they’re insanely tasty and everybody will love them. You literally just pop these sweet little balls of tastiness in your mouth like little cannonballs and bang, bang, bang, your brain will light up with all those joy chemicals like a night sky full of fireworks. 

Merica Vodka Cinnamon Whiskey Cherries - YouTube

See recipe.

9. Red, White, & Blue Sangria 

Sangrias are for summer, right? So why not bust out with this Red, White, & Blue Sangria for the biggest holiday of the season? Seriously, why don’t you? You some kind of Benedict Arnold or something?! Just kidding, but still, try this sangria ’cause it’s an amazing fruity cocktail. 

Red, White and Blue Sangria - Tipsy Bartender - YouTube

See recipe.

10. 4th of July Pop Rocks Martini 

This is a Tipsy Bartender drink list so you knew when opened this page that there’d be at least one candy drink. And here it is: The 4th of July Pop Rocks Martini! It’s crunchy, it’s beautiful, it’ll make your mouth feel like its full of revolutionary war battles. 

4th of July Pop Rocks Martini - YouTube

See recipe.

11. 4th of July Diversity Bomb Shot 

Finally we have the 4th of July Diversity Bomb Shot, which is just as fun as it is delicious. If you’ve never tried a bomb shot before, we guarantee that starting out with this little American celebration will not disappoint. 

4th of July Diversity Bomb Shot - YouTube

See recipe.

What do you all think of these 4th of July cocktail recipes? Which one of these bad boys will you be enjoying with your friends and family this Independence Day? Let us know in the comments, you beautiful patriots! 

GIFS: Giphy 

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WELCOME TO TEQUILA 

We’re going to go ahead and guess that you’ve had some pretty insane tequila nights in your drinking career, which either still make you smile years later, or give you some horrendous PTSD (Post Tequila Shots Disorder). Either way, the agave-based liquor stands out among all the other booze types as an especially party-friendly liquid shortcut to making some very entertaining — and yeah, questionable — decisions. But how much do you really know about tequila? Have you ever taken a few minutes to sit down, and really get to know the booze that’s responsible for all those things you can never tell your mom?

Well folks, here’s your chance to get nice and intimate with tequila. In the following Ultimate Tequila 101, we go over absolutely everything you need to know about tequila. We’ll cover the history of tequila, how tequila is made, the different types of tequilas (including blanco, joven, reposado, añejo, and extra añejo), how tequila is regulated via the Normas Oficiales Mexicanas (NOM), and how to drink tequila like a true vaquero. By the time you’re through with this tequila guide, you won’t only know just about everything you’ll ever need to about tequila, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a jimador — also, you’ll learn what a jimador is. So let’s get to it!

WHAT IS TEQUILA?

Tequila is a liquor made from blue agave (alternatively Agave tequilana, agave azul, or the Agave Weber) plants — which are more closely related to lilies than cacti! — located in the state of Jalisco and a few of its neighboring regions in Mexico. Tequila is technically a Mezcal (which is distilled alcohol made from all agave plants, not just the blue agave), and as of 1978, thanks to an official declaration by the Mexican government, if it’s made anywhere else in the world, it ain’t genuine tequila.

In terms of turning the blue agave plant into tequila, that’s a matter of taking the plant’s sugars and adding yeast so that the yeast eats up the sugar and turns it into ethanol, which is what makes you do all those tequila-y things that you have pictures of on your phone, but they’re in the deleted bin so they won’t come up if you show somebody a picture of your cat.


But overall tequila, unlike brain-punchingly complicated whiskey, is pretty simple. Plant the blue agave plants, harvest them, cut them up, bake them, soak them in warm water to extract their sugars, take the sugar-saturated water, let yeast munch on it to make ethanol and a few other byproducts, then distill the ethanol and, in some but not all instances, barrel age it.

There are obviously a lot more details to cover, including the differences between tequilas made in the lowlands and the highlands, 100% blue agave tequila vs. mixto tequila, and what makes all the different types of tequila distinctive. But chill, people, ’cause we’re going to cover all that: This isn’t a shot of information you do with lime and salt, you gotta sip all this tequila 101 in nice and slow. (Although we’re, of course, always down for shots.)

A BRIEF TEQUILA HISTORY 

Now that we have an understanding of what tequila is, let’s take a quick look at the history of tequila, and how it bloomed from a creamy low ABV beer that ancient peoples thought of as a goddess’s blood into what we now use for naughty body shots. Obviously this little bit of history only scratches the surface of the tequila story, but it’s enough information so that you can impress somebody at the bar.

FIRST UP: THE MYTH OF HOW AGAVE-DERIVED BOOZE WAS MADE (‘CAUSE IT’S EPIC): 

The myth of how tequila was made, which was generated by the Aztecs, is outline below (shout out to The Spruce for succinctly telling the tale):

When Earth was made, an evil goddess named Tzintzimitl was in the sky and she was doing all kinds of crazy sh*t like devouring light and spreading darkness, and people had to make sacrifices to regain some of the lost light.

At some point, Quetzalcoatl, the “Feathered Serpent” deity, was like: “enough of that noise, woman,” and he popped up into the sky to fight the goddess. But instead he found Tzintzimitl’s granddaughter, Mayahuel, the goddess of fertility who had 400 boobies. Quetzalcoatl was understandably sidetracked by Mayahuel and he was like, forget Tzintzimitl, I’m on this fertility goddess game now. They went back to earth to live together, but Tzintzimitl chased them around, so they were forced to run and hide from her. But after an excess of running and hiding, they decided to just chill and turn themselves into trees.

Tzintzimitl did eventually find them though, and once she did, she killed Mayahuel. After burying Mayahuel, Quetzalcoatl was pissed, so he went up into the sky and slayed Tzintzimitl, which caused all the light to return to earth.

But because Quetzalcoatl was still crazy sad, crying every night at Mayahuel’s grave, the other gods decided to do something for him: On Mayahuel’s gravesite, a plant began to grow. A plant with special hallucinogenic properties that would help to ease Quetzalcoatl’s pain whenever he needed a little peace. That plant was, of course, the agave plant.

And now we regular mortal people use that peace juice made from the agave plant for peace too. Or you know, crazy partying.

Now onto the history! 

1,000-300 BCE: PULQUE MADE FOR THE FIRST TIME

Tequila has its roots in a drink known as pulque (sometimes referred to “agave wine”), which is thought to have been originally made more than 2,000 years ago. Basically pulque is the most basic, lowest ABV alcoholic beverage you can make from an agave plant, but even at 4-8% ABV, it was considered to be pretty dang magical by ancient peoples.

South American peoples drinking pulque. Image: Flickr / Rory Finneren

16TH CENTURY AD: MEZCAL MADE FOR THE FIRST TIME 

Although pulque was made continuously throughout the centuries between the time of the Olmec civilization and the Aztec civilization — which arose around the 14th century — it wasn’t until the 16th century that the agave plant was not only fermented, but also distilled; an evolution catalyzed by invading Spanish conquistadors, probably around 1521.

As the (hotly debated) story goes, the conquistadors loved getting tipsy on their own brandy brought over from Spain, but once they ran out of it, they looked to distilling pulque beer into a higher ABV beverage. That new, distilled beverage was dubbed mezcal, which comes from the Nahuatl word mexcalli, and literally translates to “oven-cooked agave.”

A bottle of unflavored pulque beer. Image: Wikimedia / AlejandroLinaresGarcia

A key point to note with this first distillation of agave-derived alcohol however — why it was really only mezcal and not tequila created at this point — is how exactly the agave piñas were “oven cooked.” (Piña being the name for the heart of the agave plant after its leaves have been sheered off, because it looks like a pineapple.) In the 16th century, and up until today, in fact, mezcals (at least most of them, there are exceptions) were and are cooked using underground, earthen pits.

Conquistadors with natives. Image: Wikimedia / Pedro Lira

Piñas used for tequila, on the other hand, are cooked using alternative methods, with autoclaves, hornos, etc. So even though agave plants were being harvested, baked, fermented, and distilled during this period, tequila was not technically being made due to the fact that the piñas were being baked in earthen pits rather than industrial ovens. Also, the distilled agave liquor being made by conquistadors as this point were probably (read: definitely) not all made from the blue agave.

18TH CENTURY: TEQUILA AS WE KNOW IT EMERGES AS A DISTINCT SPIRIT 

As far as when exactly tequila emerged as a distinct spirit, this is where things get real tricky. The problem, it seems, is that most online sources have trouble deciding when tequila emerged as its own type of distilled spirit as it’s not only technically a mezcal, but also because what separates it from other mezcals that aren’t tequila is ultimately — going to speak some blasphemy right here — somewhat trivial.

Because of this blurry line between mezcal and tequila, it’s hard to say exactly when tequila — made solely from the blue agave plant, oven cooked in proper above-ground ovens, and made in the state of Jalisco and some surrounding municipalities — became a thing. For example, Wikipedia says that “Tequila was first produced in the 16th century near the location of the city of Tequila, which was not officially established until 1666.” But the source it references for this claim itself notes that “Tequila’s history should be dated from the late 19th century when [above-ground, steam-heated] ovens came into use.”

So it seems that different sources are going to give you different origin dates for tequila. As for this guide, we’ll go with tequila being established by the Cuervo family in the second half of the 18th century, as there seems to be a decent consensus that this was at least the first time that genuine tequila was being mass produced.

Portrait of Don Jose Antonio de Cuervo. Image: Jose Cuervo

With that in mind, we’re looking at 1795 as the year of the birth of tequila, as that’s when Don Jose Antonio de Cuervo (a colonist from Spain) and his family produced the first Vino Mezcal de Tequila de Jose Cuervo, a.k.a. tequila. It was also around this time that Don Cuervo’s son, Jose María Guadalupe de Cuervo, was granted a permit from King Carlos IV of Spain to make tequila commercially. And hey presto, the tequila industry was born.

19TH & 20TH CENTURIES: TEQUILA COMES TO THE U.S., BECOMES AN OFFICIAL MEXICAN SPIRIT 

After tequila became big business in Mexico, there were basically two more big milestones in its history that any armchair tequila expert should know about: when tequila started coming to the U.S., and when Mexico decided that it wasn’t cool for anybody else on Earth to make it.

In regards to exporting tequila to the U.S., Americans can enjoy this sweet spirit thanks to a man by the name of Don Cenobio Sauza. Sauza founded the Sauza at La Perseverancia distillery in 1873, and he was the first distiller to actually refer to the distilled spirit made from the blue agave plant as “tequila,” and export the stuff to the U.S. (You’re probably still familiar with Sauza, as it’s one of the giant tequila producers — although it’s owned by Beam Suntory.)

Don Cenobio Sauza Image: Casa Sauza 

Throughout the early 20th centuries, tequila exports to the U.S. began to boom, at first because of Prohibition — American-made booze was obviously hard to come by, unless you had a prescription for whiskey or something like that — and then later on during WWII, when alcohol imports from European countries were greatly diminished.

Then, in 1978, the Mexican government declared that the word “tequila” was the sole intellectual property of Mexico, making it illegal for any other countries to sell a product by the same name. So, by the second half of the 20th century, tequila had become a distinct spirit that could only be produced in Mexico.

Fast forward to now, and you’re looking at an industry that’s expected to be worth about $9 billion by 2019. Which is a long way to come from ancient civilization god-blood juice, and also a helluva a lot of shots.

MEZCAL VS. TEQUILA (‘CAUSE IT’S GOING TO COME UP)  

When it comes to mezcal vs. tequila, what you’ll hear over and over again is this: All tequilas are mezcals, but not all mezcals are tequilas. Which is technically true because mezcal is any “distilled alcoholic beverage made from any type of agave plant native to Mexico,” and tequila is most definitely a distilled alcoholic beverage made from an agave plant in Mexico. So before we clarify the difference between the two, keep in mind that tequila is a type of mezcal.

As far as how to the two are different, that comes down to these three core points:

1. Mezcal and tequila are produced in different states in Mexico. Tequila is mainly produced in Jalisco, while mezcal is mainly produced in Oaxaca. Keep in mind, however, that both spirits are also produced in (very limited) respective surrounding regions, and that some regions produce both tequila and mezcal.

2. Tequila, by law, can only be made with the blue agave plant. Mezcal on the other hand, can be made with more than 30 different types of agave plant, although the majority are made with Agave Espadin.

3. Although both Tequila and mezcal are produced from agave plants, their differing production methods cause changes in flavor. For example, it’s common for mezcals to have a smoky flavor due to their unique roasting process. Some also note that Mezcals tend to taste sweeter and richer than tequila.

So if you’re at the bar and you want to pop off with a display of overarching agave-spirit knowledge, those are basically the points you need to know.

HOW TEQUILA IS MADE 

Now that we know what tequila is, and how it differs from mezcal, let’s take a look at how this Mexican spirit is actually made. Below are the seven basic steps involved, from planting the blue agave to bottling the tequila.

1. HARVESTING BLUE AGAVE

Blue agave plants are ready to become tequila somewhere between eight to 12 years after they’ve been planted, and are harvested when their sugar content is somewhere above 24% — a minimum percentage mandated by law. The plants are harvested by jimadors, who are a special type of Mexican farmer who’s been trained to identify perfectly ripe agave. (See, told you you’d learn what jimadors are.)

A jimador chopping the leaves from a piña. Image: Flickr / omarsan

The jimadors use coa de jima, or “hoes for harvesting,” to cut away the agave plants’ leaves, leaving the heart of the agave plant, the piña, which is then stuck in a truck and sent to be cooked.

2. COOKING THE PIÑAS

Now that the piñas have been plucked and had their leaves sheared off, it’s time to do some cookin’! This step occurs in order to catalyze the chemical process within the piña that converts complex carbohydrates into fermentable sugars. Cooking also softens the piñas, which allows said fermentable sugars to be extracted more easily.

That’s the explanation of what’s happening with this step into terms of the why. In regards to the how, you have the three following options for cooking the piñas, although keep in mind that the word “cooking” is used very loosely here.

HORNO (OVEN) 

First up, we have the horno or oven, which is usually made out of clay, stone, or ceramic, although there are other types as well. Although this method uses an “oven” and refers to the agave cooked this way as being “oven cooked,” what’s actually happening here is a pressurized steaming of the agave.

A look at one type of horno. Image: Flickr / Gabriel Saldana 

Hornos tend to add tones of fruitiness and cooked agave to the final tequila product, as well as an increase in the toasted sugar and caramel flavoring to the drink’s finish.

AUTOCLAVE

A second option for cooking the piñas utilizes what’s known as an autoclave. Autoclaves are made of steel, and are more modern and more efficient (i.e. faster) than hornos. Autoclaves, like hornos, use high-pressure steam to cook the agave piñas, but while hornos can take up to anywhere from 22 to 56 hours to get the job done, autoclaves only need about eight. (Although sometimes agave are left in autoclaves for a full 24-hour day.)

On top of cooking faster, autoclaves don’t impart any flavor characteristics to the agave like the hornos do. Because of this, it is often thought that..

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Cinco de Mayo is here and that means it’s time to celebrate the Mexican Army’s heroic defeat of the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 — not Mexico’s independence day, as a lot of people usually think. Anyway, let’s celebrate the French Empire getting its ass kicked by a smaller, less equipped army and the greatness of Mexico. ¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva la getting drunk!

1. The Cinco de Mayo Fishbowl

First up we have this Cinco de Mayo Fishbowl, which combines tequila, beer, tajín, and fruits for a super delicious cocktail that tastes as sweet as Mexico’s victory over the French Empire. Also, it has tamarind straws, which are basically delicious spicy Fruit Roll-Ups you can suck booze through. 

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See recipe. 

2. The Coco de Mayo Cocktail

The Coco de Mayo Cocktail just looks like a little celebration in a glass, doesn’t it? Look at that rim of toasted coconut shavings, it’s like a little pretty hula skirt around the drink’s head. Which doesn’t make sense. Also hula skirts aren’t Mexican. Anyway, the drink’s amazing. 

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See recipe. 

3. Cinco de Mayo Party Punch

If you’re having a crapload of amigos over for your Cinco de Mayo celebration, the Cinco de Mayo Party Punch is the cocktail you need to make. This big pitcher of deliciousness mixes up tequila, coconut tequila, Triple Sec, lemonade, mango pineapple juice, and a ton of fresh, cut fruit for a drink just as refreshing as the idea of kicking Napoleon III in his grapes. 

Cinco De Mayo Party Punch - YouTube

See recipe. 

4. Cinco de Mayo Cadillac Margarita Fishbowl

Alright, here we basically have the Cinco de Mayo Party Punch on crack. This beast of a bowl contains a bottle of tequila, a bottle of Peach Schnapps, a bottle of Triple Sec, a bottle of sour mix, orange juice, Grand Marnier, and a bunch of sliced fruit. This is some heavy artillery, people. 

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See recipe. 

5. Mexican Sunset

Finally we have the Mexican Sunset, which is a sweet tequila cocktail that mixes up Amaretto, Peach Schnapps, pineapple juice, grenadine, and cherries. We can only imagine that the Mexican army that the defeated the French would’ve enjoyed these bad boys as the sun went down after they were done kicking ass. 

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See recipe. 

Are you going to celebrate your Cinco de Mayo with any of these defiantly tasty cocktails? Let us know in the comments, gente! 

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