As engrained in our popular culture as the worm in the tequila bottle (...or tequila lollipop) may be, that image is actually common misconception. \"The worm is never found in tequila,\" says Heriberto Oviedo, the tequilier (like a sommelier for tequila) at the Cantina Beach restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton in Key Biscayne, FL: \"The worm you see is in a product called mezcal which is often confused for tequila.\" So tequila is a type of mezcal, but mezcal is not tequila, and only mezcal has worms. These larvae are called gusano and bottles of mezcal that contain the lil guys are referred to as con gusano. \"More than anything, mezcal brands use the worm for marketing purposes,\" he says.
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