Of all the things I learned in Cabo, one of the most interesting (and probably least useful) is that tequila is made from a cactus called agave. Agave apparently looks like a cross between a century plant and an aloe vera plant. My biggest regret is I didn’t actually see an agave plant growing in Cabo.
When I learned that tequila is made from agave, my first thought was “I wonder who would look at a cactus and think tequila.” Upon further reflection, I decided that was a silly question. Human nature being what it is there probably isn’t a plant, root, berry, flower, seed, stem, moss, fungus, precious metal, etc. that someone somewhere hasn’t tried making an alcoholic beverage from.
Now, according to all the nice Mexican waiters we met, if you drink tequila made out of 100% agave, you get no hangovers. Seriously! Although I must admit it’s hard to take it seriously when they’re saying to you “No hangovers, another margarita, yes?” But maybe there’s something to it because amazingly enough I didn’t get a hangover in Cabo (stomach issues yes, hangover no).
I also learned there are different flavors of tequila, such as almond, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, etc. I know… they sound disgusting. I was very skeptical myself. However, they’re actually quite tasty (and yes, I did try them while sober). If you ever have a chance to try one, I’d recommend it.
Now, we did do other things in Cabo than sample tequilas. We also went snorkeling and took some road trips. The place we stayed at, Pubelo Bonita Sunset Beach, was gorgeous. Each room had a full view of the ocean, which for this land-locked Midwestern (and now Arizona) girl was amazing. Every night we could hear the ocean as we slept. I’d never had that experience before. We couldn’t swim in the ocean from our hotel, but we could sit near the pools and watch the ocean. (That was probably better anyway because then we had our own waiter taking care of us, and bringing us more, well, you know.)
All in all, it was a very relaxing time and exactly what I needed to recharge for 2008!