05/05/2013 10:21 am ET Updated Jul 05, 2013

Tequila 101

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Tequila is intimidating. Which varieties are best for slow sipping, and which are better off in the cocktail shaker? To bring you up to speed (just in time for Cinco de Mayo), 5280 sat down with Tamayo's manager and tequila expert Chris Anderson to learn about this much-loved liquor.

The story behind the spirit: Tequila production began in the 16th century in Mexico's Jalisco region. The Spanish conquistadores, having run out of their own booze, adapted the local recipe for fermenting blue agave to create the first tequilas.

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