Stuff Mexicans Like #18: Whiskey, Tequila, & Tecate

2 Jun

 There are certain unfallible truths that all Mexicans hold to be self-evident: La Virgen de Guadalupe is everything. Family always comes first. Everything is better with limon and chile. Futbol (soccer) is the only real sport. Seat belts are overrated. Real men drink Tecate beer.

While Corona maintains a cult-following in the states as well as among those in Mexico who do not have access to Tecate or are on a Mega Caguama budget (pronounced cahWAHmah; the Mega Caguama costs only $24 pesos for your giant 1.2 liter brown bottle), everyone knows Tecate is the only option for true red-blooded, cock-fighting, mariachi-singing Mexicans.

El Wiski

Whiskey (pronounced WEE-ski for those of you trying to improve your espanol), is the standard drink of all fresas (literally strawberries, fresa  refers to snobby, money-hungry, high-society Mexicans). Whiskey is synonymous for wealth, prestige, and power in Mexican society. A bottle or 16 are bought for the whole fresa table at upscale night clubs, like our own Mint, on Mesones here in SMA. Wiski is normally enjoyed with mineral water on the rocas or with la coca (see SML #12: La Coca).

El Tequila

Tequila, the staple beverage of Mexico made from the agave plant in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, is classic. Timeless. Mexicans abroad who want to publicize their Mexican pride drink Tequila. Wealthy high-class Mexicans drink Tequila. Poor Mexicans and nacos (low-class, uneducated Mexicans) drink Tequila. Housewives drink Tequila. 12 year-old boys drink Tequila. Singer/activist, Mexi-Tica, Chavela Vargas, reportedly drank at least one shot of Tequila everyday.

Malinchistas (sell-outs)

Many of my Mexican male friends, however, claim that Tequila makes them bravo (aggressive/violent), thus the standard replacement beverage: wiski. I don’t buy it though. When I hear the bravo argument, I interpret it as, “I have shame because I am Mexican but prefer to drink a foreign alcoholic beverage over my country’s own specialty:Tequila. The real reason I prefer Johnie Walker to Don Julio is because I am Malinchista.” (Malinchista refers to a Mexican who prefers a foreign culture over his or her own, usually due to an inferiority complex. The root word is Malinche, the Spanish name of the beautiful Aztec lover of Cortez and original sell-out/second mother of the Mexican race. She is the root of the famed Mexican word Chingada, the violated one)

Tequila is usually taken straight with sal y limon (salt & lime). It is sipped like tea, not downed into a greedy open throat, like some of my paisanos (fellow countrymen) are so fond of while on vacation in Cabo. Tequila is also popular in margaritas and palomas. Literally dove, a paloma is tequila with lime, salt, and grapefruit flavored soda, like Squirt, (or Esqueert, for those of you who are improving your espanol). Lastly, no visit to Mexico is complete without experiencing la bandera. La bandera (the flag) consists of a red, white, and green shot, just one of many drinks and recipes representing Mexican pride. In this case, you need a shot of white Tequila, a shot of fresh squeezed lime juice, and a shot of spicy bloody-mary mix. Don’t forget the salt. You take a sip of each, swirl them in your mouth, and swallow. Repeat. Yum! 

Top Shelf Tequilas

While Patron is the king of top-shelf Tequila where I come from in the states, Don Julio reigns south of the border. “Patron who?” my Mexican friends asked me when I first mentioned the big time label. Patron is a nobody in Mexico. Opening a bottle of Patron at a real Mexican fiesta would be like busting out the Taco Bell at Doña Maria’s rancho. It is not the same as the original. Not even close.

How much is too much?

“No menos de tres, no mas de seis” (no less than 3, no more than 6) is the conventional Mexican wisdom. I find, however, that this little gem of advice is only used for women, as men drink no less than 12, no more than 22. Double A, as Mexicans call it, is also quite popular for those who don’t know when to say when. This binge drinking is not, however, at all related to indigenous Mexican societies. Though Tequila was well-known and cultivated, it was punishable by death to get inebriated in Aztec culture. It was the benditos españoles (blessed Spanish) no less, who brought with them the love of excess and el machismo to the New World.

Want to get around a Mexican’s extreme manners (see SML #3: Manners) and hear what he or she really thinks? Offer him or her a drink or 5 of Wiski, Tequila, or Tecate. Los niños y los borrachos siempre dicen la verdad.”  (Children and drunks always tell the truth.) Or so goes the Mexican proverb anyway.

Salud!

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One Response to “Stuff Mexicans Like #18: Whiskey, Tequila, & Tecate”

  1. Peter chang September 10, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

    http://www.wdrb.com/story/33032894/the-best-spirit-company-inc-announces-that-mexican-police-find-10000-bottles-of-fake-whisky-in-aguascalientes-mexico

    The Best Spirit Company Inc announces that Mexican police find 10,000 bottles of fake Whisky in Aguascalientes Mexico and Fake Tequila produced by Tequilera de Arandas.
    Posted: Sep 06, 2016 6:33 PM EDT

    NEW YORK, NY – 9/6/2016 (PRESS RELEASE JET) — Federal Police (PGR) in Aguascalientes said an analysis of the supposed Williamson 18 and Paddington’s whisky revealed is was fake whisky.
    Mexican Federal police have hailed the discovery of more than 10,000 bottles of fake Williamson 18 and Paddington whisky sold at “Bodega Alameda” and “Don Vino” liquor store chains in Aguascalientes as one of the most significant seizures of counterfeit liquors in Mexico.
    The Federal Police estimated the illicit loot is worth about MN$10,000,000 ($500 K ) and said an analysis of the supposed whisky revealed it was fake.
    PGR in Aguascalientes who were examining a separate liquor business owned by Nicolas Martinez Lara happened to come across some whisky bottles with a label on it that lacked a manufacturing serial number.
    The proliferation of counterfeit liquors is a known problem for liquor makers but the Mexican Federal Police news signaled it as a significant issue for the world’s top whisky producers.
    The Mexican police said several people had been found in the Martinez’s plant where the fake bottles were being produced. Police also said they found “interesting documentation” after plant searches, and that the investigation into the counterfeit bottles was continuing, zeroing in on the source of the whisky and other packaging materials that were discovered to produce fake tequila as well.
    Williamson 18 ® and Paddington ® whisky brands are registered trademark and listed by IMPI (Instituto Mexicano de la Propriedad Industrial) as Marca Registrada which is the equivalent of a Registered Trademark in the USA.
    Full News Story: http://pressreleasejet.com/news/the-best-spirit-company-inc-announces-that-mexican-police-find-10000-bottles-of-fake-whisky-in-aguascalientes-mexico.html
    Distributed by Press Release Jet
    Media Contact
    Company Name: THE BEST SPIRIT COMPANY INC
    Contact Person: PETER CHANG
    Email: INFO@THEBESTSPIRITCOMPANY.COM
    Country: United States
    Website: http://WWW.THEBESTSPIRITCOMPANY.COM

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