Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tequila Tuesday #9: The Picador

Today is Tequila Tuesday and will be a treat / revelation, perhaps . . ..
Lets start with a quote from Cafe Royal Cocktail Book by W.J. Tarling:
"That the cocktail had taken firm root in America is proved by a paper called " Under the Gaslight " in 1879, which notes: " In the morning the merchant, the lawyer, or the Methodist deacon takes his cocktail. Suppose it is not properly compounded ? The whole day's proceedings go crooked because the man himself feels wrong from the effects of an unskilfully mixed drink." "

The reason for the quote (other than it being cool) is the connotation of America as the 'cocktail guiding light' (at that time) when you see this drink from the Cafe Royal Cocktail Book, that was published in 1937, you will see the irony that I am trying to convey.

The Picador

1 1/2 Oz Purasangre Blanco
3/4 Oz Cointreau
3/4 Oz Fresh Lemon Juice (or lime)

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
I garnish with a thin slice of lemon floating.

Does that recipe remind you of anything? A Margarita perhaps?
The irony is this book was published in 1937. The earliest 'verified' Margarita recipe was 1941. Keep in mind W. J. Tarling was an English bartender in London, and this recipe was so well known in 1937 that he included it in his book of cocktails.
While it is true that "the cocktail had taken firm root in America is proved", the impact of Europe on the cocktail is undervalued.

Well something to think about and a drink to enjoy happy Tequila Tuesday.

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