How is Tequila Made?

The Blue Agave plants are used when making tequila. When the Blue Agave is harvested the pina (core of Agave) is extracted from the plant. The pina is split open and steamed in a pressure cooker. The liquids from the pina are then stored in large steel vats for fermentation. This could take 12 hours or several days, depending on the amount of water and sugar in the pina. When fermentation is complete it is then distilled. The distillation process provides a high proof tequila. The tequila then has to be diluted with water to become 80 proof. Some tequilas are darkened with caramel coloring. Also, depending on the aging techniques, the tequila will have a different flavor and smoothness. You can find more information here: