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July 20, 2010 - Karin Elton
I don’t know how many people know this, but Saturday is National Tequila Day. I didn’t know it myself until I just read an e-mail from a PR agency working for Riazul tequila.

I wonder if there is an official proclamation or is it possible the agency just made it up?

According to the press release, “Tequila stands as North America's first distilled drink. Its origins date back hundreds of years to when the Aztecs took the sap from maguey plants and fermented it into a drink first known as "Octli" — which means the Nectar of Gods.”

I thought the gods only drank mead.

Aside from various and sundry Margaritas, I’ve only had tequila in its shot form just once and once was enough.

One time I was bored on a cross-country bus trip from California to Minnesota — another once-in-a-lifetime experience I don’t care to replicate — and I sat down by some fellow travelers during a rest stop in Omaha, Neb. We soon left the McDonald’s and made our way to a local establishment.

Let’s just say I spent the trip from Omaha to Sioux Falls in a Dionysian stupor.


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