We spend a lot of money when drinking. Then we spend a lot of time recovering from drinking.
I’ve heard it many times – people feeling an epic hangover after a night drinking tequila. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you choose the right tequila you shouldn’t be getting a hangover. Not unless you’re over-doing it.
Why you get a tequila hangover
I challenge that you probably either drank too much or, more likely, you drank cheap mixto tequila like Jose Cuervo Especial. This means that the tequila you drank, a mixto, is not 100% “100% Blue Agave” tequila, it is 51% Blue Agave Tequila.
To be a true tequila, the spirit has to use 100% Blue Agave. However to use the name ‘Tequila’, the spirit doesn’t have to be alcohol made only from this premium agave plant.
Tequila distilleries will often use other sugars to finish off the tequila, similar to how other spirits are made. It is cheaper for them to do this but the result is that it produces a much less pure spirit. These sugar-based alcohols create a spirit than is more likely to cause a headache. It’s like mixing a bottle with half nice tequila and half cheap cheap cheap vodka – your head doesn’t stand a chance.
Different countries allow tequila to be classified in different ways. In Mexico, only the spirit using the blue agave plant is considered to be a tequila.
How to avoid a tequila hangover
To avoid a tequila hangover – stick to 100% Blue Agave tequila. Check bottle labels and check that it says it uses ‘ONLY 100% Blue Agave’. If it doesn’t have these words, then give it a miss.
More expensive tequilas will be more likely to be 100% Blue Agave and avoid that headache – pay the extra for a better quality tequila to avoid a tequila hangover. We like this one – Casamigos Blanco Tequila