Tequila Blanco/Plata: (White/Silver Tequila) This is a clear version of tequila, which isn't aged before bottled-- it's placed in the bottle right after being distilled (or, sometimes, is aged a maximum of two months before bottling).
Tequila Joven/Oro: (Young/Gold Tequila) This is going to be your typical bottle of Jose Cuervo, for instance, and is a blend of Tequila blanco and one of the more aged varieties described below.
Tequila Añejo: ("Vintage" Tequila) Like a Spanish wine, añejo means that a particular drink is well-aged, a minimum of one year (but generally less than three).
Tequila Extra Añejo: (Extra Aged Tequila) This is a fairly new category for tequilas, and means that a tequila was aged three years or more in oak barrels, which makes it very smooth and gives it a characteristic flavor.
So now you know all of the different varieties of Tequila...so how should you use it? Why not try one of these delicious recipes for your Cinco de Mayo dinner!