MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Start planning your happy hour with the co-workers — it’s National Tequila Day. Some people may have had a bad experience with it, but we learned a few things that might help you develop a new found love for the spirit.

In short, you should avoid drinking too much or too cheap. There’s a world of flavors to explore, and WCCO’s Morning Show team got a lesson on the three types of tequila on the market from Westin Winkler from Rojo.

“Just like in wine you’re going to taste it on different parts of your tongue,” said Winkler.

There are three main types of tequila. Blanco is bottled straight after it’s grown and processed; it generally takes 12 years just to get to that point. Then there is reposado tequila, which goes through that process then add on another aging process of three to six months in oak barrels. There’s also añejo, which is aged in barrels for no less than one year, pulling out some sugars for some flavors.

If you’ve never really been a tequila fan, you’re probably drinking it all wrong.

“You just want to stay away from anything under $10,” Westin said.

Lots of local restaurants are running deals for National Tequila Day. Rojo is offering a half-priced margarita and shot. Masa in downtown Minneapolis is offering chips, salsa, guacamole and tequila tastings for $10 and Barrio has $12 tequila flights.

As a side note, in Mexico they don’t drink tequila shots with limes or salt as Americans generally do.

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