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

Examples of tequila in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Made with mezcal instead of tequila, fresh lime juice, Cointreau and a dollop of agave round out the delightful compilation, with a tajin rim adding a subtle kick to each sip. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This new restaurant on Louisville's East End is serving up hit-and-miss Mexican cuisine," 31 Dec. 2019 The paloma, for example, features tequila, grapefruit and elderflower liqueur, while Doña’s spin on a pina colada opts for Oaxacan rum, coconut cream, lime and pineapple-vanilla syrup. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Doña Tomás owner opens new Mexican restaurant in Oakland," 13 Dec. 2019 The cocktails include traditional spirits ranging from vodka, rum, tequila, whiskey and gin to more festive options such as brown butter and cinnamon cognac, caramelized pecan bourbon and hard cider. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "If you love the holidays, this is the downtown Phoenix bar you have to visit this winter," 5 Dec. 2019 George Clooney co-founded the tequila brand Casamigos Tequila, which was sold for $700 million with the potential for another $300 million based on performance over the next 10 years, according to Forbes. Allen Kim, CNN, "Ryan Reynolds purchases an ownership stake in Mint Mobile," 25 Nov. 2019 The hour-long train ride comes with more tequila drinks and a pro tasting guide to answer questions and provide tasting tips. Los Angeles Times, "Day of the Dead meets the Tequila Train in this Mexican city," 11 Oct. 2019 Liquor is stored in mirrored cabinets, and the 10-item cocktail menu includes the Editor’s Note, a riff on an Old-Fashioned, and the Dinner Party, a tequila drink with mascarpone cream cheese. Melanie D.g. Kaplan / Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Des Moines is on the move with an emerging food and cocktail scene," 20 Aug. 2019 Liquor is stored in mirrored cabinets, and the 10-item cocktail menu includes the Editor’s Note, a riff on an Old-Fashioned, and the Dinner Party, a tequila drink with mascarpone cream cheese. Washington Post, "Des Moines," 14 Aug. 2019 Nearby, Liberty Tax served the tequila drink when customers went in to finish their taxes last April. USA TODAY, "Alcohol-soaked American culture faces a countertrend: Sober bars, parties and raves," 2 July 2019

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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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18 Jan 2020

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“Tequila.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tequila. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tequila

: a strong, clear alcoholic drink from Mexico

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