Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tequila Tuesday: Mexico

So to begin with, 'Tequila Tuesday' will follow the example of  'Mezcal Monday' and will no longer be numbered--for the same reason--this is the 13th week and it seems redundant.

Those of you who have followed this blog for a while will know that I have a deep affection for the 'Cafe Royal' cocktail book, by W.J. Tarling for many reasons, one of which is it showcases tequila drinks, in a glorious light, when it was published in 1937, in London. Also I like its precise concision relegating most of the details to the preface and the introduction where terms and technique are posted along with tidbits like this quote from Horace:
"Be joyous, Dellius, I pray,
 The bird of morn, with feathers gay,
 Gives us his rearwards plume;
 For mingled draughts drive care away
 And scatter every gloom."

I find that kind of depth to resonate on an elemental level. This is how the gentleman finished his preface: "In conclusion, I express my deep thanks to the many cocktail bartenders who have allowed me to use their own recipes which appear in this book. It is only with their co-operation that a unique book of this kind is possible." W. J. TARLING, American Bar, Cafe Royal

Sharing the credit with his fellow bartenders and the place he worked. It is a great book, you can find it in pdf if you can't find a hard copy.

Anyways, on to 'Tequila Tuesday': The cocktail we are making is super famous, but most people erroneously call it a 'Margarita'. I have discussed the history of the Margarita several times on this blog and suffice it to say the earliest mention of the Margarita was 1941. This version of this book was published in 1937; t cocktail was so well known in London that it was included in the Cafe Royal Cocktail book. On top of all of that, this "version' of the Margarita' has been credited to Julio Bermejo at Tommy's in San Fransico, but in reality it is what W. J. Tarling named 'Mexico' in his cocktail book 'Cafe Royal' in 1937. The recipe is:

2 Oz Purasangre Blanco (or Reposado )
1 Oz Lime (or lemon) Juice
Teaspoon of syrup (agave, honey, simple . . you pick)

Shake and strain into a chilled glass.

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