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Since tequila may play a starring role in your beverage of choice for this Saturday’s Cinco de Mayo celebration, you need to brush up on your knowledge before the big day arrives.

There are several different types of tequila, so designated by how long they are aged. And because of the varying lengths of that process, each one provides different nuances to your finished drink. Here are a few of the most popular:

  • Blanco – Aged under two months, this style of tequila is the purest and imparts the natural flavors of the blue agave plant.
  • Reposado – Aged two to 12 months, this tequila meshes the mellowing traits of wood with the herbal qualities of the blue agave juice.
  • Anejo – Aged over one year, these tequilas possess vanilla flavors of the oak in which they’re aged.

If you want to combine a classic Mexican cocktail with one of the most traditional Mexican flavors, check out this recipe from Don Julio for a Smokin’ Margarita that gets its kick from a jalapeno pepper!

 

Smokin' Margarita
The classic margarita gets a jalapeno kick!

Smokin’ Margarita

1 ½ ozs. Tequila Don Julio Reposado
¾ oz. agave nectar
½ oz. fresh lime
½ oz. fresh squeezed orange juice
1 whole fresh jalapeno for muddling 

  1. Thinly slice a jalapeno and muddle it in a shaker.
  2. Combine tequila, agave nectar, orange juice and lime juice into the shaker with the muddled jalapeno with ice.
  3. Shake well and strain over ice in a rocks glass.

 Created by Los Angeles Mixologist Nicholas Vitulli