Tequila vs Vodka: Exploring the Differences

Tequila and vodka are both distilled spirits, but they have several key differences in terms of production methods, flavor profiles, and cultural associations.

  • Production methods: Tequila is made from the blue Weber agave plant, which is grown primarily in Mexico. The agave takes upwards of 6-8 years to grow. After being harvested by hand it is then cut in half, then it is cooked for 22 hours then cooled for another day. After that, the agaves are crushed to extract the juice, which is then fermented and distilled. Vodka is made from grains like wheat, rye, or corn. The grains are mashed, fermented, and then distilled to create a neutral spirit, which is then typically filtered to remove impurities.
  • Flavor profiles: Tequila has a distinctive flavor that can range from sweet and fruity to smoky and earthy, depending on the variety and aging process. Vodka, by contrast, is known for its neutrality and lack of flavor.
  • Cultural associations: Tequila is often associated with Mexico and is a significant part of Mexican culture, particularly in the region of Jalisco where it is produced. It is often enjoyed as a sipping spirit, and is also commonly used in margaritas and other cocktails. Vodka originated in Eastern Europe and Russia. It has a very long history and is often enjoyed as a chilled shot or in cocktails.

Both tequila and vodka can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, and each spirit has its own unique character and appeal. Ultimately, the choice is yours, but for us, the aromas and flavors in Volans Tequila make it the clear choice.

Tequila versus Vodka. What has more Calories?

Tequila and vodka have the same number of calories.

One standard serving (1.5 fluid ounces) of 80-proof tequila contains approximately 97 calories. One standard serving of 80-proof vodka (also 1.5 fluid ounces) contains about 97 calories as well.

Calories can vary widely depending on what you add to them. For example, if you make a margarita with Volans tequila by adding lime juice, and agave syrup, it will contain a bit more calories than a glass of tequila. Similarly, a vodka tonic made with tonic water will have more calories than a plain shot of vodka.

Sure, tequila and vodka have similar calories, but let’s be honest, Vodka is flavorless, and Volans Tequila is delicious and is hand-made in small batches.

Is tequila or vodka healthier?

Tequila and vodka are both alcoholic beverages, so they don’t offer any significant health benefits. Choosing the right type of alcohol can make a difference in terms of your calorie intake and other factors.

  • Both tequila and vodka have roughly the same number of calories per serving, assuming the same alcohol content. So in terms of calorie content, there’s not much difference between the two.
  • There are some potential health benefits to drinking tequila in moderation since it’s made from the blue agave plant, which contains a type of fiber called inulin that can promote good gut health.
  • Additionally, some research has suggested that compounds found in blue Weber agave may help lower blood sugar levels.

It’s important to remember that drinking any type of alcohol, including Volans Tequila should be done in moderation, and neither tequila nor vodka is inherently “healthier” than the other.

If you’re looking for a healthier way to enjoy tequila, sip an ultra-premium tequila like Volans, and try to avoid sugary mixers or high-calorie additives.

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