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14 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Tequila Right Now

As if you needed more reasons to drink tequila, researchers have found it has some potentially huge health benefits. We’re not surprised. How could something that feels so right be wrong?

Weight Loss

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Researchers have found that the non-digestible sugars found in tequila known as agavins can aid in weight loss. Yes, you can start celebrating now. With tequila.

No Hangover

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OK, tequila and hangover prevention may sound like an oxymoron, but there’s something to it. Those magic agavins don’t absorb like other sugars, so you don’t get as bad a hangover – just be sure you get a bottle that’s 100 percent agave. Sorry, José Cuervo.

It Puts A Pep In Your Step

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Many believe tequila is an ‘upper’ rather than a ‘downer.’ While there’s been no scientific evidence, people do report feeling perked by tequila and often order it to energize themselves as opposed to how wine might just put them to sleep. One thing’s for sure, that spicy zing wakes up your senses!

It Lowers Cholesterol

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Yep, you can add the ability to lower cholesterol to the list of tequila’s virtues. Perhaps this is why abuelo lived to be 106 despite his decades-long diet of tacos and tequila.

It Aids Production Of Prebiotics And Probiotics

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Put that kombucha down and go get a real drink! Tequila stimulates the growth of pre and probiotics, too.

Red Bull Gives You Wings, Tequila Gives You Balls

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Tequila is loved for it’s magical ability to make you feel invincible. It may not always end well, but it sure feels good at the time.

Digestion

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Studies say one shot of tequila an hour before a meal stimulates your appetite, and a shot after aids digestion. Our studies show three more turn you into a chismosa.

It Makes The Fiercest Cough Syrup

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In the 1830s Mexico used tequila with agave and lime juice to soothe colds. Some are still enjoying the remedy today.

It’s A Pain Killer

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Like all alcohol, tequila has an analgesic effect that kills pain. That’s good news, since tequila also makes you fall down a lot.

It May Lower Blood Pressure

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Who knew tequila’s de-stressing abilities were thanks in part to lower blood pressure – in moderation of course. Too much alcohol raises blood pressure.

Because Tequila Massages Exist

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Yep, it’s a thing. Due to the skin benefits of tequila, some spas now offer tequila massages, where tequila is used topically to help relaxation and soothe pain.

It’s An Aphrodisiac

Finally getting a chance to celebrate our nineteenth Valentine's Day! Staying home chill in' with the Grand Love Extra Añejo Tequila. The Grand Love comes in beautiful red heart glass, standing on a gorgeous pewter base. Its's made from 100% blue agave, and aged four years in double roasted white oak barrels. This XA Tequila drinks more like an aged whisky, so we are enjoying it in the single malt whisky glass. It tastes less of agave and much more of caramel and vanilla. This tequila would pair really well with flan, or a nice tres leches cake. #ValentineCheers everyone! @jeff_nlv #bartender #bartenders #love #bartenderlove #vegaslife #vegasbartender #tequila #cheers #tequilacheers #grandlovetequila #tequilalover #blueagave #añejo #extraañejo #jalisco #mexico #riedel #vinum #singlemalt #vinumsinglemalt #collector #riedelcollector #tequilacollector #martinmixology #lv_barman #blessed #grateful #sparkle

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It seems tequila really does make clothes fall off. People have believed tequila is an aphrodisiac for centuries.

It Strengthens Your Bones

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If all dietary supplements were this good, we’d be a whole lot healthier.

Bonus: It Tastes Uhhhhmazing

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Let’s face it, that was the only reason we ever needed.


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#NationalTequilaDay Gives You Something To Celebrate While Sitting In Your Living Room

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#NationalTequilaDay Gives You Something To Celebrate While Sitting In Your Living Room

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Even when we aren’t in quarantine, tequila can offer a quick and fun respite from the world. Today is National Tequila Day and the current state of the world is a great reason to celebrate. There is more than just the drinking of tequila to celebrate.

Happy National Tequila Day!

Tequila is arguably one of the several gifts Mexico has given to the world. It is just one of the many culinary treats that the vibrant and beautiful country has created. Makes sense that we would have a national do to truly appreciate the nectar from the Mexican gods.

Women had a major hand in developing the liquor that has become a staple around the world.

Women were some of the first to cultivate the blue agave plant center to create the drink. The women on Tequila, where tequila was born, would harvest the hijuelos in the blue agave plant. That part of the plant is what is used to make tequila.

Tequila, like champagne, is from a very specific place.

Champagne is champagne if it comes from the Champagne region of France. Tequila is no different. In fact, there is a board of people in Mexico who decide who can and cannot call themselves tequila. Elon Musk was swatted down by that board when he claimed to be making his own version of tequila produced outside of the region.

If you’ve ever wanted to know the chemistry behind tequila, there are some helpful graphs floating around.

The treatment of the tequila really dictates the flavor, color, and profile of the drink. it might even help you discover what kind of tequila you might like to drink. Maybe you might prefer a mezcal instead. Mezcal is not always tequila but tequila is always mezcal.

Either way, enjoy your day celebrating tequila.

With so few options for outing, why not make your own tequila celebration happen at home. You won’t have to drive or put on pants so it is truly a win-win.

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A New Investigation Alleges That Some Of Mexico’s Largest Tequila Brands Are Laundering Money For Drug Cartels

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A New Investigation Alleges That Some Of Mexico’s Largest Tequila Brands Are Laundering Money For Drug Cartels

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Thre have long been alleged links between Mexico’s drug cartels and legitimate businesses. Whether by pressure or choice, several companies have been proven to be working alongside some of Mexico’s most deadly cartels – whether it be laundering money, lobbying politicians, or paying off corrupt officials.

However, a new investigation has revealed just how far the cartels have gone to ensure a steady stream of cash directly to their pockets. And in the process, they’ve revealed that some of Mexico’s most iconic brands may be tied to some of its most dangerous cartels.

Working together with the U.S. DEA, Mexico has identified tequila brands that are allegedly laundering money for cartels.

On Tuesday, Mexican financial regulators unveiled details about companies they believe to be linked to movements totaling more than $1.1 billion related to the hyper-violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). They also froze the bank accounts of nearly 2,000 people they allege are involved in the money laundering scheme.

The country’s anti-money laundering agency said it worked with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to identify the 167 companies caught up in the financial dragnet, dubbed “Operation Blue Agave.”

Blue agave is the plant used to make tequila, which is the signature drink of Jalisco, the cartel’s home state.

Drug cartels have a long history of using tequila to disguise their operations, dating to at least 2006.

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This isn’t the first time that criminal groups have used Mexico’s most popular beverage to advance their illegal activities – links between the tequila industry and drug cartels go back to at least 2006. That was the year the DEA first discovered a connection between tequila and drug trafficking in Mexico, the newspaper Milenio reported on Thursday.

Much like today’s report, it’s alleged that drug cartels are using legitimate – and sometimes totally fake – tequila companies to launder money.

In 2006, it was the Tequila Cartel – also known as the Arellano Félix organization – that was found to be using tequila as a front for illegal activities. the U.S. Treasury Department had alleged that the tequila company 4 Reyes had helped the Tijuana Cartel to launder the money it obtained from distributing drugs in both Mexico and the U.S.

So which tequila companies have been accused of working alongside the cartels?

Mexican officials so far are remaining pretty tight lipped about which specific companies have been accused of working alongside the cartels. However, from previous reports, links between the tequila company Onze Black have been discovered. The company was set up by Los Cuinis, a drug cartel with close ties to the CJNG, to help finance its criminal activities. The U.S. government added the company to an economic blacklist the same year.

Another tequila company, one owned by the actress Kate del Castillo, was investigated by Mexican authorities to establish whether it had any financial links to the former Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, currently imprisoned in the United States.

However, no illicit dealings between del Castillo’s company, Tequila Honor, and El Chapo were detected.

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