Tequila is a gift from the land. Legend has it that during a storm in Jalisco, Mexico, lightning struck and scorched a blue agave plant, resulting in a golden juice, dripping from the center of the agave. The curious Aztecs were bold enough to taste it, and it was then that our relationship with tequila began.
Folklore or not, the planet is a fierce provider – that’s why we call her “Mother Earth.” In the Spirit of Earth Day, we’ll show you how our organic blue agave tequila is made in this expansive space.
Changing Climate and Blue Agave Plants
Mother Earth gives us things like water and blue agave plants, the only two ingredients in Azuñia tequila. The agave grows slowly, taking 7 to 10 years to mature, creating a stunning landscape in the process.
The visual benefits of the acres of blue agave are not the only gifts. The blue agave plant grown for tequila production may save the world, one gene at a time. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but scientists have recently discovered that the agave has a climate change resistant gene. So not only does this beautiful plant make tequila, it could hold the key to cultivating drought resistant plants.
However, the effects of climate change can potentially impact tequila production. Even though the blue agave plant has genes that make it strong, it’s not impervious to environmental changes.
What makes tequila “tequila” is a specific plant, grown in a particular manner, in a distinct region, harvested and distilled in accordance following strict guidelines. If hotter summers and colder winters affect the blue agave plant crops, there could be less of it to make tequila. We’re committed to making sure our fields are well-tended to keep them strong, healthy, and plentiful in the face of the ever-changing climate.
People have some power when it comes to climate change. If you want to help ensure that climate change doesn’t (at the minimum) take away your favorite libation, try these steps to reduce your carbon footprint.
Organic Tequila Made With Local Spring Water
Azuñia tequila is agave and water. That’s it. No additives. Nada mas. Water has a significant impact on the flavor and quality of tequila, which is why we use local spring water in the valleys of Jalisco, Mexico. It is so clear and pure that we could drink it right from the source.
Clean water isn’t just good for tequila. It’s essential to keep Mother Earth working happily and efficiently. To learn more about clean water’s impact on the world and not just tequila production, read this infographic from the Water Project.
Azuñia’s Organic Tequila Production
The highest quality blue agave plant and the purest water make top-shelf tequilas. That means we choose organic, whenever possible.
For produce to be certified organic, it must be grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs.) The same goes for beverages, including those of the alcoholic variety.
For tequila production to be USDA Certified and BioAgriCert Organic, like Azuñia Blanco and Azuñia Reposado, a rigorous certification process must be followed. The regulations must be stringently adhered to, and food or beverage must go through an annual recertification process.
That’s great for you – knowing that your favorite cocktail can “go organic.” And that translates to some really good things for Mother Earth, too. Here are some tips for adopting a more organic lifestyle.
Make Every Day, Earth Day
We are grateful for our Madre Tierra and all that she provides for us. And it’s our responsibility to take care of her. Help Mother Nature every day, not just Earth Day, by reducing your carbon footprint, reusing, recycling, buying USDA Certified and BioAgriCert when you can.
You can also join us in taking the No Plastic Straws Challenge to help us eliminate the use of this single-use plastic.
Cheers to Mother Earth with your favorite Azuñia organic cocktail! Try some of our favorite tequila cocktail recipes, including the Orgánica. With only four ingredients, our honestly authentic take on the organic, skinny margarita is as pure and straightforward as our tequila.
1.5 oz. Azuñia Organic Tequila
0.75 oz. Azuñia Organic Agave Syrup
1 oz. fresh lime juice
Splash of water
Fresh or dehydrated lime wheel
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and pour into a rocks glass, rimmed with salt (optional.) Garnish.