Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Toreador

A friend and i were e-mailing about great tequila cocktails that no-one hears much about and one i really enjoy is -The Toreador.

My pal was puzzled and sent a query:

>It was just completely
>different from the
>Toreador that I know.
>I'm wondering which
>recipe is the original.

The 2 recipes that he mentioned were- The Kahlua Toreador and another drink that is just called 'The Toreador in some places.

So i checked and i went throught 41 cocktail books, there were only 2 recipes for the Toreador One in W. J. Tarling’s 1937 Cafe Royal Cocktail Book and one in Diffords Guide that credits Tarling:

So i surmised that: since Kalua wasn't even invented until 1936 the chances are slim that the 'Kahlua Toreador' was first (and it is kind of a different name too) a tasty drink but not 'usually' tequila, 'usually' it looks like this:
2 oz Brandy
1 oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
1/2 Egg White

The other drink that is 'sometimes' called the Toreador is also called (correctly i believe) The Toreador #2 on multiple occasions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

By the way i think this a tasty recipe also, i do prefer The Toreador to me it is much more classy, showing off sumptuous varied nuance that reveal lovely intricate complexity of a well made tequila.

i think it is pretty clear which one came first....

Which brings us back to W.J. Tarling’s 1937 Cafe Royal Cocktail Book, another absolute gem of a book that i feel is quite often missed there is an excellent re-issue available, with a new forward, by Jared Brown- here. . .
and a pdf available here: (and by the way this wonderful institution has quite a few other great pdf's available here: )

This is easily one of my favorite cocktail books, heck i think i am going to start a traipse through this book and post the progress.

i will leave you with a quote from the introduction the book, and The Toreador as it appears within:
"For the staff had to be confidants, friends and diplomats at times
of need, experts in the straightening of curious complications and
disputes, hierophants of the genius of conviviality."

1/2 Tequila.
1/4 Apricot Brandy.
1/4 Fresh Lime or Lemon Juice.