You Can’t Always Get What You Want – But Sometimes You Get Tequila!

13 Apr

I have little experience drinking tequila. The occasional margarita left me in a fog and I have refused most offers. So I can safely say that when we were invited to visit a new tequila processing site, I hesitated for at least a second before saying YES.

A Mexican vacation, for many, is taken from the dock of a cruise ship. Port-of-call side trips offer jungle adventure tours, reef snorkeling, pyramid climbs, and soon a visit to Jakaré, outside of Bacalar to savor a truly Mexican experience, the history and making of tequila.

Start With Blue Agave

Start With Blue Agave

Fields of agave take 8-10 years to mature.

The agave leaves are removed to harvest the hearts which are steamed in large stone ovens.

These Hearts Have Cooled

These Hearts Have Cooled

A team of oxen turn a large mill stone to break up the tough fibers.

Mashing the Hearts

Mashing the Hearts

The fibers and liquid are fermented, distilled and aged in wooden barrels that add their own flavors, much like wine.

Aging Can Take Several Years

Aging Can Take Several Years

Now for the Tasting

Now for the Tasting

From blanco to aged. Even this inexperienced tongue could tell the difference.

Love the Bottles

Love the Bottles

An important step is to cleanse the pallet, swirl the tequila, breath and savor. We had so much fun.

Coffee Beans and Herbals to Cleanse

Coffee Beans and Herbals to Cleanse

We learned about this Mexican industry that has pre-Spanish roots and legends. Jose Cuervo just may be a new friend of mine.

Thought for the day as we wait to start building our dream home in Bacalar.

Thought for the day as we wait to start building our dream home in Bacalar.

4 Responses to “You Can’t Always Get What You Want – But Sometimes You Get Tequila!”

  1. LJones April 13, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    I LOVE this article – and what fun you must have had. I can’t wait to return to Bacalar – hopefully before long. You will have to give me directions..:) Blessings to you both.


    • afish25 April 13, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

      You can do it. One foot in front of the next.


  2. brucekelley April 13, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    Nice post, Alex. Now I know how they make the stuff, but I must admit, my palate cannot handle even the really good stuff, So… have a shot for me… Cheers!


    • afish25 April 13, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

      Hey Bruce, it’s more like a sip than a shot. I didn’t get a buzz or a hangover. Gotta love it. I’m very sensitive to alcohol.


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