It shouldn’t surprise you that across Mexico there are several festivals celebrating tequila. After all, Mexico is the birthplace of the popular drink and there’s no reason not to be proud of that! In October, Cabo San Lucas hosts the Baja Sur Tequila and Mariachi Festival, a 3 day event that celebrates the history and quality of tequila with the music of mariachi. What could be better?
Tequila has been around for many years. A much earlier form of the beverage, known now as pulque, dates back to the Aztecs and is so old that there are no records of when exactly it began. Over the years, this beverage, made by fermenting the agave plant, has evolved into the drink we are familiar with today.
In the 16th century, the Spaniards began to distill the beverage when they ran out of their brandy. Many years later, the Marquis of Altamira, Don Pedro Sa?nchez de Tagle, also known as the father of tequila, started mass producing the drink.
In the late 18th century, Jose Antonio Cuervo became the first licensed manufacturer of tequila and about 40 years later, his son, Jose Maria Cuervo, founded the first official Mexican distillery. This was excellent timing for the Cuervos since Mexico gained its independence not long after in 1821 and tequila had a surge in popularity due to the scarceness of imported products.
Now a days, tequila is just as popular as ever and Mexico is the only official manufacturer of the product. Mexican law states that tequila can only be produced in the Mexican state of Jalisco and a few other regions in the states of Michoaca?n, Guanajuato, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. Come to Cabo San Lucas this October and enjoy this tasty drink the way it was meant to be experienced, in Mexico with mariachi music all around!
While you’re in Cabo, experience some other wonderful things the area has to offer. Medano Beach is one of the few swimmable beaches in the area offering visitors the opportunity to lay out in the sun on the warm sandy beaches or enjoy the cool waters of the Sea of Cortez.