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We’ve all heard the saying, “One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor,” but there’s a lot more to this popular liquor than getting drunk and waking up with a nasty hangover. The Mexican spirit is surprisingly versatile, with people choosing to sip it neat, take shots with salt and lime, or mix up margaritas and relax. National Tequila Day is July 24th, and it's past time you learned a bit more about this drink.

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1. It's plant-based

Does that mean it’s healthy? Not exactly. Tequila is made from the blue agave plant, which, despite its appearance, is not a cactus. Blue agave is actually closely related to the lily, and its core contains aquamiel, or honey water, which produces syrup and tequila. To be classified as tequila, the spirit must contain at least 51% blue agave. Many tequilas are made with 100% pure agave, while mixtos are made with a combination of blue agave and other sugars.

Blue agave plant maiteali / Getty Images
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