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Tequila for Seasons A book for year-round tequila enjoyment

Veronica Lopez - Doherty


CONTENTS Tequila ... 3 Prelude ... 4 Sunny Summer ... 6 Fresh Fall ... 24 Winter Warmth ... 36 Sipping Spring ... 52 Index ... 70


TEQUILA Real Tequila can only be produced in five specific regions of Mexico. Tequila received a Designation of Origin (appellation de controlee) in 1974. It’s the same as an appellation for Bordeaux, Bourbon or Cognac. The Mexican federal government has established strict requirements governing tequila production. Real tequila is made from a plant called Blue Agave. Only the Agave Azul Tequilana Weber variety can be used for tequila. Classified by German botanist F. Weber in 1905, Blue Agave is commonly mistaken for a cactus, but it’s really a relative of the lily (amaryllis) family. Blue Agave is sometimes known as maguey, mexic, pita and teometl. Tequila is produced by removing the heart, or piña, of the agave plant, which can weigh anywhere from 80 to 200 pounds when harvested. This heart is stripped of its leaves and then cooked to remove the sap, which is fermented and distilled. The following pages will bring allow you to enjoy this delicacy year round in new ways!


the jalapeĂąo ... 6 la paloma ... 8 the yellow light ... 10 strawberry tequila bubbly ... 12 fizzy grapefruit margarita ... 14 el guapo ... 16 mexican spice ... 18 rosita ... 20 last call in acapulco ... 22


sunny summer


FIZZY

GRAPEFRUIT MARGARITAS

Serves One:

3 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (about 1/2 large grapefruit)

1 ounce fresh lime juice (about 1 large lime) 1.5 ounces silver tequila .5 ounce orange liqueur, such as triple sec or Grand Marnier

Splash club soda

The Rim: 1 part kosher salt 1 part granulated sugar Lime wedges, for garnish Small grapefruit wedges, for garnish

Steps: 1. Begin by preparing the glasses:

2. In a cocktail shaker or lid with

Place the sugar and salt on a small

a tightly fitting jar, add the lime

plate. Run a lime wedge around

juice, grapefruit juice, tequila, and

the edge of the glasses to moisten

triple sec. Top off the shaker with

them, then tap the edges of the

ice, then close the lid and shake

glass in the sugar/salt mixture

vigorously. Strain margarita into

so that it sticks. Fill with desired

the prepared glasses, then top with

amount of ice and set aside.

a splash of club soda. Garnish with lime and grapefruit wedges. Enjoy!


cinnamon & tequila hot chocolate ... 36 cider & tequila hot toddy ... 38 cafe pacifico ... 40 the blackberry sage tequila smash ... 42 el diablo ... 44 tropical vacation ... 46 pear-gresion in thyme ... 48 el matador ... 50


winter warmth


CAFE PACIFICO Serves One: 1.5 oz Silver tequila 5 oz Kahlua 4 oz Freshly Brewed Hot Coffee

3 tsp Cinnamon – Sugar Heavy Cream Cinnamon Stick

The Rim: 1 tbs of honey and water, mixed 2 tbs of cinnamon

Steps: 1. Drizzle honey mixture around

2. Heat the cream over a slow

the rim of a highball glass and im-

flame. Add the coffee, cinnamon,

medietely sprinkle cinnamon over

sugar, liqueur, and

the honey so it sticks. Set glass

tequila. Pour into glass, and ganish

aside.

with cinnamon stick.


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