Tequila is a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, Mexico. Although tequila is a kind of mezcal, modern tequila differs somewhat due to the use of only the blue agave plants.
Mexican laws state that tequila can be produced only in the state of Jalisco and limited regions in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. The United States officially recognizes that spirits called "tequila" can only be produced in Mexico, although by agreement bulk amounts can be shipped to be bottled in the U.S.
Tequila is most often made at a 38–40% alcohol content (76–80 proof), but can be produced between 31 and 55% alcohol content (62 and 110 proof)