Three tequila glasses kept atop a wooden table with lemon slices cut and kept next to the glasses
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Tequila Recipe

A time-intensive procedure to make your favorite drink!
Course: Alcoholic drink
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Tequila
Appliance: Fermenting Vat
Servings: 1 liter
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 15 pounds of agave plant


  • To make tequila, first, you must harvest the agave from one of the limited regions where blue agave plants grow in Mexico.
  • You will need to cook the agave and then crush the agave hearts, which mills and squeezes the juice that is necessary for the production of the alcohol.
  • You must then store a large amount of agave juice in a fermenting vat until the alcohol begins to form.
  • At this point, you can store the alcohol in large oak barrels and allow them to age for anywhere between two months and five years.
    Tequila in shot glasses with salted rims, with limes and lemons on the side


Basically, it is possible to make your own, but given the time-intensive nature of production, people normally leave it to the professionals. It takes 8 to 20 years (in some cases) to make a bottle of tequila.