Lambanog distillation birthed tequila


Did you know, the world famous Mexican Tequila was made possible using Filipino technology to distill fermented sap of the agave plant in the 16th century? During the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade era (1565-1815), Manila became the transshipment point between China, Mexico and Europe. The Manila galleons sailed the Pacific for 250 years, bringing in to Mexico their cargoes of luxury goods, economic benefits and cultural exchange. Filipino sailors aboard the Manila galleons, brought portable stills that were used to make coconut nectar-based lambanog. The stills were a huge hit in Mexico, but due to unfamiliarity and the risks involved in harvesting coconut nectar, the native population quickly turned to agave by applying the craft learned from the Filipino sailors.