• I think they're put in there live and if the alcohol kills them it proves its potency.
  • Actually the worm is put into Mezcal which is a different liquor than Tequila. The two are often confused.
  • They're put there because Mexicans don't like to drink alone! Seriously--if the worm stayed firm this was proof that the alcohol was up to "proof," whether that was 80, 90 or 100 I don't know. If it got soft and fringy at the edges there was too much water.

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