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So I headed over to Brick Lane, East London, this weekend (again) to visit the Tequila & Mezcal festival, which was celebrating all things great about Mexico.

Mexico has a long lasting great reputation for making the best spirit known…. TEQUILA!!!

dah dah dah dah dah… tequila!!

The festival was located in The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane which always has cool little events on during the week and at weekends.

Anyway… the point of the festival was to educate people how to consume the drink in the best way possible (alongside some super tasty Mexican food).

How is Tequila made?

Tequila is generally distilled from the blue Agave plant, mainly in the region of the City of Tequila, Northwest of Guadalajara.

Tequila is obviously known to be that one drink that you have had one too many shots of on a night out and therefore puts you off for life.  However, if you drink the right stuff or make a super delicious cocktail, you can’t go wrong.

Health Benefits

Surely not…

But yes, there have been recent studies to say that actually tequila is pretty good for you:

  • Fights Cholesterol (Ideal!)
  • Helps prevents colds
  • Can aid in weight loss (we have all been looking for an alcoholic drink that can do this)
  • Likely that it won’t give you a hangover
  • Can be diabetes friendly (it has a lot less sugar in than other alcohols)

There were a number of brands at the festival including the large chains:

  • Patron
  • Don Julio
  • El Jimador
  • Jose Cuervo
  • 1800
  • & Others

There were also smaller, boutique tequila brands present at the festival:

  • Altos
  • Casco Viejo Tequila
  • Tequila Lunazul
  • & Others

Mezcal is also distilled from agave plants, however, there is a slightly different process to it than tequila and is drunk a lot less frequently.

Mezcal Operators that were at the festival:

  • Amores
  • Bruxo
  • Buen Suceso
  • Magio Negra
  • Meteoro

I can’t say that I am a particular fan of Mezcal but definitely try it out if you haven’t before.

Anyway, we had a nice day out trying all the different Tequila and Mezcal’s but don’t worry we only had teeny tiny amounts.

Go and check out The Old Truman Brewery’s website to see what cool new events are happening.

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