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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Berkowitz said of sales for more potent beverages such as tequila and vodka. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "Recession on the horizon? Local business leaders aren’t convinced," 21 Aug. 2019 Whiskey, bourbon, vodka, tequila and other spirits now account for 37.4% of all alcohol sales in the U.S. Kara Carlson, Dallas News, "Why two Fort Worth bourbon lovers grew Texas’ biggest distillery, and then sold it," 12 Aug. 2019 Many of the barrels are repurposed after aging spirits such as bourbon, tequila and brandy for other companies. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Upland Fountain Square packs beer company's 'culture' into a single spot," 26 July 2019 Both the wine and the summer season suggest white spirits as boosters: gin, blanco tequila and rum. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, "Beyond frosé: How to make rosé shine in inventive, breezy summer cocktails," 8 July 2019 Guadalajara — the land of tequila and mariachi — long has been a bastion of Catholicism. Brittny Mejia, latimes.com, "Sex crime case renews tension in Mexico between Catholics and evangelical church," 27 June 2019 Enjoy tequila specials, plus tacos and empanadas from Tolita, all day long. Holly Baumbach, chicagotribune.com, "Things to do in Chicago today | Aug. 27," 27 Aug. 2019 The evening would end on a sweet note, a corn flan dish that was incredibly memorable, even after all the tequila! Vogue, "Rebecca Taylor, Athena Calderone, and Surf Lodge Hosted a Lobster Dinner in Montauk," 26 Aug. 2019 Taking only slightly more prep than a steady pour of tequila over a tray of stocky glasses, apéritif shots like the ones below rely on simple, easy-to-execute recipes, and lower alcohol by volume ingredients, like vermouth, wine, and bitters. Rebekah Peppler, Bon Appétit, "You Should Be Doing More Shots," 26 Aug. 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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English Language Learners Definition of tequila

: a strong, clear alcoholic drink from Mexico

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