On our recent trip to Tequila we made the pilgrimage to La Capilla, a small corner bar that could be easily over looked except for it’s the birthplace of one of Mexico’s favorite drinks: The Batanga. Truth is the “streetside” view of the bar doesn’t display a lot of curb appeal.
But what happens inside is completely charming.
The Batanga was created in 1961 by Don Javier Delgado Corona, now the octogenerian bar keeper at La Capilla. The Batanga is basically Mexico’s version of the Cuba Libre – substitute Tequila for Rum. Here’s a clip of Don Javier making his famous drink. And on our late Friday night excursion the master, while not tending bar, was the fixture of the establishment. While his family carries on tradition of mixing up Batangas, Don Javier sat quietly in corner chair, overseeing all and quietly accepting the well wishes of those who stopped by.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records the largest cocktail ever recorded was a margarita made in Las Vegas, on October 15, 2010, by the folks at Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant as a way to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the restaurant. Here’s a pic:
To achieve this feat they poured in a giant glass (ok, tank) measuring 14 ft. 10 in. tall and 10 ft. in diameter with 1,215 US gallons of Tequila, 750 gallons of sweet and sour mix, 396 gallons of triple sec, 187 gallons of lime juice, nearly 5,000 gallons of spring water and 20 lbs. of salt. (Note: I’d have gone for the simpler 2 part Tequila, 1 part agave nectar, 1 part lime recipe but I wasn’t in charge.)
The record breaking margarita “weighed” in at 7,627 gallons, enough to serve over 80,000 individual margaritas! Now that’s a party!
(FYI, the previous record, at merely 7,038 gallons, stood for nearly 10 years.)
If I wasn’t worried about trashing my floor at home I would totally try this one. Steve Burke, of Madison Bear Garden in Chico, pulled this one off. It’s this kind of work that won him the Chico Bartending Showdown and a trip to the Tequila Valley courtesy of Tres Agaves Tequila!
“NOM” is short for Norma Oficial Mexicana (Official Mexican Standard) which are the official standards and regulations dictated by the Mexican Government.
The Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) regulates production of NOMs for the industry and it specifically identifies that the spirit meets government standards to be classified as Tequila (much like a bottle of Champagne must meet certain standards in France.)
Since 1990 all 100% agave Tequila must have a NOM identifier on the bottle. The NOM number on the bottle indicates the distillery. In general the lower the NOM number (starting around 1100) the older the distillery.