Although the first tequila was produced in the 16th century, long beforehand, The agave plant, a main ingredient in Tequila, was used by the ancient Aztecs for fermented beverages. When the Spanish conquistadors came to Mexico in 1521 they began to distill agave and produced one of North America’s first indigenous distilled spirits. Mexican laws state that tequila can only be produced in the state of Jalisco and very limited surrounding regions. For “how can you make tequila without any agave!” remarked the grandson of the municipal president of the city of Tequila/the first exporter of the tequila into the US. This sentence gained international attention in regards to the spirit, and promoted his efforts that led to the practice of keeping Tequila authentic by explicitly producing it in the legal regions.
In more recent times, let's say October 15th of this year, Herradura Tequila hosted their second yearly event celebrating their momentous barrel art competition in Chicago. This gallery showing is a part of a nationwide competition where Herradura invites ten artists to compete for monetary prizes using the actual Herradura Tequila barrels as a blank canvas. Other cities included are Atlanta, Austin, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, and San Francisco. This exact Art Below Zero ice sculpture design that you see here is Herradura’s desire to be used nationwide. Immense gratitude to Herradura Tequila for inviting us to be a part of this exciting national art movement, what a tremendous honor!