Tequila is one of the most consumed spirits in the world. This alcoholic drink is named after the city of Santiago de Tequila in Mexico, the birthplace of this drink made from blue agave, a plant native to the state of Jalisco. Thanks to the rich volcanic soil that surrounds the city of Tequila, this thriving agricultural region is the best place on Earth to grow blue agave. Another name for this intriguing species is Agave tequilana. With its thorny and fleshy leaves, it is very reminiscent of a cactus but is actually related to the lily and amaryllis family.