Cinco de Mayo is America’s favorite excuse to overindulge in tequila. But what do you really know about the national spirit of Mexico? I took a trip to the source to learn more.
About a 45-minute drive northwest of Guadalajara, and a couple hours inland from Puerto Vallarta, the diminutive town of Tequila sits in an arid valley at the foot of the dormant volcano of the same name. The landscape of dusky orange and yellow soil is interrupted by patchwork squares of deep blue-green fields of spiky agave plants. This is where tequila gets both its name and its character.