The Margarita Demystified?

As I’ve mentioned, the history of the margarita is murkier than the drink itself, so I was pleased to stumble across the following paragraph in David Wondrich’s rigorously researched history of drinks: Imbibe! From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar. The paragraph appears in a section on the Daisy, a drink popular in America before prohibition. “It’s worth going into this much detail about the Daisy […]

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A Brief History of Tequila

The best tequila I ever drank came to me in a plastic jug. I was young, 20 maybe, with a decidedly unrefined palate. I certainly didn’t think twice about drinking from the unmarked plastic jug that our friend Danny proffered to me. Hey, it was alcohol, right? But even with my unrefined tastes, the second that tequila touched my lips I understood it was something special. It was so smooth, limes would have been an insult. Danny was just down […]

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