te·​qui·​la | \ tə-ˈkē-lə How to pronounce tequila (audio) , tā-\

Definition of tequila

: a Mexican liquor made chiefly from the fermented sap of the blue agave that has been subjected to two separate distillations

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And starting a tequila brand is a popular celebrity hobby, the way regular people knit. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Elon Musk’s “Teslaquila” hits a speed bump," 14 Nov. 2018 Brooksbank serves as the UK distributor for George Clooney's popular tequila brand. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Looks Gorgeous In a Blush Reception Dress By Zac Posen," 13 Oct. 2018 Her parents will still help her out with one really big expense: her wedding to Jack Brooksbank, the current UK ambassador for George Clooney's tequila brand Casamigos. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie Do for a Living," 11 Oct. 2018 For many, the tequila had proven to be a great help. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Send Nudes: The New York Academy of Art Hosts Its Annual Drawing Party," 15 Feb. 2019 Alongside the tequila, the snap pea shrub is combined with earthy Salers Gentiane Liqueur and vermouth, and finished with a heavy splash of prosecco. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Garden-inspired cocktails bring veggies from the kitchen to the bar," 20 June 2018 And Alicia Hauge loves the Muse of Fire, which is made with blanco tequila, broVo dry curacao and CH amaro. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Common Good aims to create new cocktail culture in western suburbs," 13 July 2018 Chili’s Wash away all your tax day sorrows with a $5 Cuervo Blue Margarita, made with silver tequila, blue Curacao and pineapple juice. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "All the Restaurants Where You Can Get Free Food on Tax Day," 9 Apr. 2018 The Moët 75, created by Jamie Chung, is a riff on a classic champagne cocktail, made with tequila, blood orange juice, and honey. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Make the Official Cocktail of the Golden Globes," 2 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of tequila

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tequila

Spanish, from Tequila, town in Jalisco state, Mexico

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The first known use of tequila was in 1849

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English Language Learners Definition of tequila

: a strong, clear alcoholic drink from Mexico

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