Monday, December 22, 2008


The time has come to write about tequila; reason being it is part of my everyday life. No I am not a lush, but its the way I earn a living. Did you know that 97% of tequila comes from the Jalisco region in Mexico. It is made from the heart of the Weber Blue Agave plant (not cactus) that belongs to the lily family. Below are pictures of both; cactus on the left and beautiful agave fields on the right.


In my opinion, the best tequila comes from a distillery called “La Primavera” in Atotonilco where they make Don Julio Tequila. Don Julio (the man) started making tequila here in 1942 using the finest agaves, processes and techniques that are used even today. Below is a picture of the distillery and of cooked agave that is ready for the juices to be squeezed out to make beautiful tequila!

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If you are ever in the Jalisco region you must visit tlaquepaque where they sell unique and beautiful arts and crafts. Another recommended stop is Santo Coyote - it is a beautiful restaurant in the area where you can enjoy a yummy Don Julio margaritas. For more information on tequila making you can go to

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Most people think of tequila as evil and everyone has a "tequila story". After marketing Don Julio for over a year I have truly grown to appreciate the complexity of the liquid and the varieties - Extra Anejo's, Anejo's, Reposado's and Blanco's. It truly is Beautiful :-).


Ankit said...

Nice pics Ms. little eye.
Loved the last pic - is that the store or the restaurant?

Alefiyah said...

The last picture is at a store in tlaquepaque in Guadalajara. Thanks for the comment :)

Sandra Merchant said...

Unabashed plug!! Of course I know you are passionate about your work and it shows. And the pics are great -- as usual.

Natasha said...

Awesome stuff Alef .. You really are in the right line of work .......

The pics are amazing :)

Alefiyah said...

Mom:Of course I am gonna plug the DJ!

Nuts:thanks .. yes tequila is my calling !! LOL ;-)

Raj said...

And of course everyone around you appreciates "the spirit" as much as yourself now :-)

I've stopped picking favourites among your's too tough a call to make!

philo said...

Have a happy New Year, all.
Come out of your reposados, forget your anejos,
and tequila your fancies with the best DJ mix in town.
Love to Ay and Aar from Aunty P

Alefiyah said...

Thanks Raj - for your support of the "spirits" and the pictures :)

Aunt Phil - HAPPY new year to you too .. see u soon!!!

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