Tequila is a drink that, for most of us adults, can bring about some interesting memories of overindulgence with an immediate sense of regret the next morning. Yes, that awful pounding headache, the nausea, the vomiting, all part of the naivate of our youth. Well, here’s a shocker, what you were most likely drinking was not pure tequila and the cure for this ailment is not searching for the nearest Mexican spot with the best pozole. The way to combat this ailment is actually a two-part solution.
Tequila is a liquor that is made from the Blue Agave plant native to Jalisco, Mexico. The area known for the most production is called Tequila, Jalisco, a small town where the main harvest is the Blue Agave. Much like its French counterpart, Champagne, in which the drink must be from grapes grown in Champagne, France, Tequila must also be distilled in Tequila, Jalisco in order to be called Tequila. Since the making of this drink can be cheapened by adding sweeteners, subpar water distillation processes and using other agave plants, one must be attentive to what a particular label states, especially if you want to avoid the horrible hangover the next day. So the first step to avoiding this situation is to only drink the very best quality Tequila you can get, made only from 100% Blue Agave. My personal favorite is Tres Mujeres Tequila Extra Anejo. It is one of the few distilleries that still follow the traditional organic methods of production from mature aged Blue Agave plants. There are no impurities or shortcuts to produce this high quality Tequila treasured by true connoisseurs.
This isn’t to knock the lowly Mezcal, the cousin of Tequila made from a mix of different Agave plants. Some distillers have actually perfected this delicious drink that is made quicker and more cost efficient than Tequila. Mezcal has a smoky flavor, more potent taste and can be quite cheaper than Tequila although not necessarily any less in quality if you choose the right one such as Del Maguey Chichicapa or Ilegal Mezcal Reposado for an aged taste.
And now for the second part to combat that sometimes inevitable hangover. Don’t overindulge if you can avoid it! But if you simply can’t help yourself the solution is quite simple, take a couple of BoozAid’s either before a heavy night of drinking or after to avoid most hangovers. If you happen to suffer from Alcohol Flushing, meaning you look like a blushing teenager when drinking, simply pop two BoozAid’s about an hour before you start drinking and two after your night is over. You’ll thank yourself in the morning, I know I do.
There are four main classes of Tequilas with varying prices from $15 – $250
1. Blanco: Derived from single distillation. Not aged. Look for 100% Agave
2. Reposado: Aged in white oak barrels from 2 months up to 364 days
3. Anejos: Aged between 2-5 years. Gives a bouquet flavor and woody taste
4. Extra Anejos: Extra time in aging and distillation. Reducing volume of anejos
By 50% to obtain more flavorful taste.
1. Take a small grain of salt into your mouth
2. Cleanse your palate with small amount of lime. Step 1 and 2 needs only
be done once before first drink.
3. Pour one shot of Tequila.
4. Inhale first then take a small sip holding the tequila in your mouth for several seconds before swallowing.
5. Exhale through mouth immediately after swallowing.
My personal favorite is Tres Mujeres Tequila Extra Anejo. It is one of the few distilleries that still follow the traditional organic methods of production from mature aged blue agave plants. No impurities and no shortcuts to produce the high quality Tequila treasured by true connoisseurs.
Of course you need to drink responsibly and not over indulge. If you suffer from alcohol related flushing, remember to take BoozAid 30 minutes before drinking to block the embarrassing discomfort.
Look for 100% Agave label and avoid mixed tequila whenever possible to minimize hangover. If only mixed tequila is available, can use BoozAid to protect your brain, liver and stomach from the dreaded morning after.