The Best Orange Crush in Annapolis

There are many who consider tequila to be like a fine wine. Quality tequila is sipped and savored, not thrown back and chased with a slice of lime. There are strict regulations on labeling that reveal the type of spirit, where it was produced, and how long it is or is not aged. Most folks do not know that there are almost a thousand tequila brands to choose from, featuring a myriad of distilling and aging methods. Here is some useful information about the different types of tequila.

Tequila is split into two categories 100 percent Blue Agave and Tequila Mixto (mixed). Mixto contains a minimum of 51 percent blue agave and 49 percent from other sources of sugars. Mixto may contain extraneous ingredients like caramel coloring, flavorings, and sugar syrups. Read the labels carefully, if it does not specifically say 100% Blue agave, or “Tequila 100% puro de agave” and only states that it is Tequila, it is Mixto.

There are five types of tequila:

Gold Tequila

Most gold tequilas get their color from the caramel coloring added to the tequila before fermentation. Gold tequilas are usually not aged and are most likely Mixto. Sometimes 100% agave gold tequila is made by combining silver tequila and an aged tequila, such as reposado or añejo. Since quality aged tequila has a gold hue, the addition of the coloring was a marketing tactic.

Silver Tequila

Silver tequila sometimes referred to as Blanco, is aged only a couple of weeks, making it the purest form of tequila. It is often considered the best type of tequila to use in mixed drinks and is commonly seen in margaritas.

Reposado

Reposado means “rested” in Spanish, and reposados rest anywhere from two months to a year before being bottled. Reposados take on the gold hue from the barrels in which they are aged. They are usually aged in oak or white oak barrels. The type of barrel changes the flavor of each distillery’s tequila.

Añejo

Añejo tequilas are aged from one to three years and are considered the best type of tequila for sipping because of their smoother flavor. Añejo means “vintage”, and they are darker than reposado tequilas.

Extra Añejo

Extra or Ultra Añejo tequilas are aged for over three years. This is a relatively new type of tequila, and got its official classification in 2005. This type of tequila is the most expensive, not only because the flavor is improved with age, but also because distilleries will only allow their best spirits to age for so long. Extra añejo tequila should be enjoyed, not shot or mixed.

The Mexican Cafe has created signature drinks using tequila. Many are expected, like our delicious margaritas. But, have you ever tried an Orange Crush created using tequila? We have created a special recipe doing just that! Our customers love our unique twist on a local favorite. Come in to the Mexican Café and try one. One taste and you will agree that we have the best Orange Crush in Annapolis!