Tequila the Traditional Way

17 Aug

Amitian, Mexico

June 2012

On a recent trip to Guadalajara, I was taken to a tequila factory where I was the judge of a contest for the brand. The hacienda was built way back in like the 1800’s and they gave us a tour and showed us how tequila is made. While still backbreakingly hard in certain parts, much of the process has been streamlined. This picture illustrates one step in the process of how tequila used to be. A donky would be tethered to the wheel and walk around in circles mashing the agave into a liquid that would go on to become tequila. The process is much different these days, but the tradition is still prevalent everywhere on the hacienda.

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