te·qui·la | \tə-ˈkē-lə, 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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Anise, the predominant note in Sambuca, gives in-season watermelon a lasting chord of resonance; mixed with tequila, Cointreau’s familiar orangy note makes an edible cocktail of the same melon. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "The 5-Minute Dessert of the Summer," 12 July 2018 Our informal tasters enjoyed the intensely flavored sorbets: limoncello with limoncello liqueur, margarita with tequila, strawberry with sparkling wine and blackberry with cabernet sauvignon. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Always Stay There," 25 June 2018 In recent years, her image has popped up on everything from shoes and coffee mugs to tequila. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Mexico to Mattel: You can't sell the Frida Kahlo Barbie doll here," 20 Apr. 2018 Made on the rocks with 1½ ounces tequila, 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, and 1 teaspoon light agave nectar, this version contains only about 150 calories per drink. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "How to eat out puro San Antonio style with diabetes," 19 Mar. 2018 The Greenseer—made with eucalyptus tequila, honeydew melon, and a stinging dash of habanero bitters—offers a medicinal riff on the spicy margarita. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Pharmacy-Themed Bar in Chinatown Has the Cure for What Ails You," 9 Mar. 2018 The Presidente Maragrita is made with Herencia de Plata tequila, Patrón Citrónge orange liquor, Presidente Brandy, and the Chili’s margarita mix, which adds some sweetness and a kick to the drink. Shannon Barbour, Cosmopolitan, "Oh Snap! Chili's Is Selling Super Cheap Margaritas Next Week," 8 Mar. 2018 Kaufmann compares his spirit to tequila and mezcal. David Hammond, chicagotribune.com, "Sotol, spirit of the North American desert," 28 Feb. 2018 McDormand was typically no-nonsense in her acceptance speech, offering to treat her fellow nominees to tequila, and making the point that women in the room weren't there for the food, but to work. Kristi Turnquist, OregonLive.com, "Golden Globes 2018: Oprah Winfrey's electrifying speech steals the show," 7 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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English Language Learners Definition of tequila

: a strong, clear alcoholic drink from Mexico

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