Myth of the Tequila Worm

You always hear the legend of the tequila worm that’s lurking at the bottom of the bottle; right?

Nope… Its just that — a legend. You won’t find a worm at the bottom of a tequila bottle! Phew!

Finding a worm means looking through the bottom of a cheap bottle of mezcal.

So what’s the difference, you may ponder?

Tequila and mezcal are not the same alcohol and aren’t produced in the same manner. Tequila is produced from blue agave and mezcal is produced from different strains of the agave plant.

Five regions of Mexico produce tequila exclusively. However, Mezcal is produced in nine areas of Mexico.

The fact is….

Are you ready for it? The tequila worm isn’t a worm. It is the larva of a moth that lives on the agave plant! You might want a refreshing cocktail after hearing this news. Tantalize your taste-buds and see what you can be ordering from our drinks menu.

Ok, what’s the worm doing in mezcal?

The larvae started appearing in bottle of mezcal in the 1950s. It was discovered by a mezcal maker in a batch of his liquor so he had an idea that the moth was an improvement to its taste. Consequently, he added the so-called “worms” to all his bottles since it was a great marketing strategy. Not long after, there were many other mezcal producers who followed suite.

Will there be consequence if I swallow the worm?

Some people believe that swallowing the worm causes hallucinations… Once again; this is another myth. Anyone who had any form of hallucinations probably drank too much mezcal and definitely wasn’t caused from the larva at the bottom of the bottle.

Many people who have eaten the worm have compared it to the taste of chicken. Instead of trying it for yourself, here’s a great alternative to go with your margarita – so take a look at our Mexican Food Menu and pair up your flavors!