It’s National Tequila Day today! And it’s not even May!
Well, any reason to celebrate a spirit is reason enough for me! Bring on the salt, citrus and agave syrup!
I found the above picture by searching National Tequila Day in Google’s images.
And now for some drinks:
• Anejo Old Fashioned — (Link)
• The Matador — (Link)
• Tequila Mockingbird — (Link)
For my money though, the drink of the day should definitely be the Paloma!
You can build this drink to taste, like you would any other highball or Collins/Rickey because the ingredients are sort of similar — tequila, lime juice and grapefruit soda.
But here’s the basic building blocks:
•2 oz tequila
•1 splash lime juice
•1 pinch of salt
•3 to 4 oz grapefruit soda
Grab yourself a Collins or highball glass and pack it full with ice. Next add 2 oz of good tequila. Add a bit of lime juice, whether it be pre-squeezed or simply a good-sized wedge you squeeze and drop in. Then top off the glass with the grapefruit soda!
For more about the Paloma, visit Liquor.com or Imbibe Magazine or The New York Times or Serious Eats or Esquire.
THIRSTY FOR MORE?
— Check out Good Spirits News for more about National Tequila Day and a list of quality tequilas.
AND ONE LAST THING:
Who makes up all these “National” holidays? Where do they come from? Why are they legit?
— Here’s some info explaining just that.
— A second story about the calendar.
Having the Fourth of July on a Saturday this year felt pretty great (as Saturdays are like Fridays for some of us in the service industry).
All-in-all, it was a great few days.
I drank beer.
I drank wine.
And I camped out:
In terms of liquor, I drank something pretty basic on Saturday that I’ve never had before— gin and ginger ale.
Sure, it’s summer and blah blah blah gin and tonic. But I surveyed what we had on hand and the gin and ginger ale is what I ended up with. I almost went with whiskey & ginger ale (and there was actually a lot on hand to choose from), but I really wanted gin for some reason — which is a spirit I like, sure. but never really reach for. And I think this summer is going to be a turningpoint for me in that regards.
After the basic gin and ginger ale, I cracked open a bottle of Sipp Ginger Blossom and made two cocktails — one with gin for me, and one with Captain Morgan for my mother-in-law:
This flavor of Sipp had the bite of ginger beer, but also had vanilla and lime notes which softened and sweetened the drink. I’m sure it would make a great Dark ‘n’ Stormy. And I was afraid that mixing it with Captain Morgan would be overkill on the vanilla, but I didn’t hear any complaints.
And, finally, I love this photo I took Sunday night:
I was drinking a Great Lakes Burning River and tried to get a group shot without getting out of my chair. What ended up happening was a photo burst of several pics that created a weird vortex around my father-in-law. I didn’t digitally enhance it to look that way or blur it on purpose at all.
A day late, but still delicious:
A quick recap of my Christmas.
Planning to write more in 2015.
Fourth of July. Spent with Evan Williams.