How did the classic drink find it’s way into the copper mug?
The Moscow Mule was reportedly invented when the presidents of a ginger beer company a liquor distributor and Smirnoff were sitting in a bar inventing a new drink. The iconic copper mug the drink is served in was the genius of John Martin, president of the liquor distributor, who used it as a means for the drink to stand out in bars and be asked for.
The Tequila Sunrise cocktail is as colorful itself as its history. The simple recipe, Tequila, orange juice, and grenadine, make a cocktail so delicious and so bright it was adopted by rock stars and found its way to the title of a famous class rock song!
In the 1930s, Gene Sulit of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel combined Tequila, soda water, lime juice, and liqueur to create the first ‘Tequila Sunrise’. Over the years, the drink found its way farther west, landing in the Bay Area. In Sausalito, a city north of San Francisco, the bartenders at The Trident, Bobby Lozoff and Billy Rice, remade the Tequila Sunrise, this time with just Tequila, orange juice, and grenadine. It just so happened The Trident was the site of a private party organized by famous San Franciscan Bill Graham, where one of rock’s greatest bands, The Rolling Stones, was kicking off their 1972 tour of America. Mick Jagger, the lead singer of The Rolling Stones, had one, ordered some for his fellow bandmates, who ordered more for their entourage. Soon the Tequila Sunrise became the Stones go-to drink while on tour, spreading the cocktail nationwide as they ordered the Tequila cocktail in every town they came across.
But the Tequila Sunrise’s love affair with classic rock didn’t end with The Rolling Stones! A year later, in 1973, the Eagles, another great rock band out of California, named one of their songs ‘Tequila Sunrise’ on their Desperado album – cementing the Tequila cocktail’s legacy in not just the annals of rock history, but the spirits and cocktail history of America.
So, are you thirsty yet? Well, grab a bottle of our Organic 100% de Agave Blanco Tequila, some fresh orange juice and grenadine, put on your classic rock (we recommend The Rolling Stones) and mix yourself a ‘Tequila Sunrise’. All there’s left to do after that is enjoy the beautiful day.
While one typically thinks of salt and lime when imagining what should accompany Tequila, there is another authentic Mexican companion to the 100% de agave spirit. Sangrita (“little blood” in Spanish) is a citrus-heavy mixture of orange, lime, and pomegranate juice, powdered chiles, and other spices, and was born in Jalisco, Mexico, the same state Tequila calls home.
Sangrita is believed to the result of a mixture of leftover juices from pico de gallo, a fruit salad popular in Guadalajara. When the salad was consumed, the leftover juices were poured into small clay cups and imbibed alongside the post-meal Tequila, a well-noted digestif. As Sangrita has made its way north in the United States, the recipe has adopted a more savory flavor profile. Americans have added tomato juice to meet the level of citrus juices.
Sangrita isn’t meant to muffle the strong citrus and herby flavors of Tequila. It is meant to sip alongside the spirit, so its savory and citrusy flavors can amplify Tequila’s terroir. When drinking our award-winning, organic 100% de agave Tequila, we can’t recommend Sangrita enough. If you’re looking to cover up sting of low-quality Tequila, stick to salt and lime.
Mexican recipe: Ingredients
8 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
2 ounces fresh orange juice
4 ounces fresh lime juice
5–10 dashes hot sauce (more or less to taste)
Ground black pepper
Directions Combine all ingredients and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste.
American recipe: Ingredients
¼ medium white onion
½ dried ancho chili
1 jalapeño, halved
4 ounces tomato juice (Sacramento)
4 ounces fresh orange juice
3 ounces fresh lime juice
½ teaspoon Maggi seasoning
½ stalk of celery
¼ medium cucumber
Directions On a grill or in a cast iron pan, roast onion, ancho chili and half the jalapeño for 4–5 minutes, until onions begin to char. Remove from heat and place in a blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth, and salt to taste. Let sit for 10 minutes. Strain finely before serving.
Like that of many cocktails, there are a number of origin stories for the martini. While it may impossible to confirm the veracity of the following stories, they are entertaining nonetheless, and we can’t thank whoever invented the cocktail enough. Without the martini, we wouldn’t have the Tequila Martini!
One story traces the martini’s origins to Martini di Arma di Taggia, a bartender at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City prior to World War I. His cocktail blended London dry gin, Noilly Prat Vermouth and orange bitters – similar to the modern-day Martini. Another story places the origin in 1863, with Martini & Rossi, an Italian sweet vermouth, that customers would have ordered alongside gin. A “gin and martini” may have evolved into the martini, a likely theory given the simplicity of cocktail names during the 19th century.
The city of Martinez, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, claims the predecessor of the Martini was created by a local bartender named Julio Richelieu when a miner, who’d recently struck it rich during the California Gold Rush, asked for a glass of champagne. Without any in town, Julio Richelieu whipped up a “Martinez Special”, a drink the miner recalled the next day having exceeded his expectations. When he tried to order it in San Francisco, the bartender – obviously never having prepared a “Martinez Special” before – created one with one-part dry wine and three parts gin. Yet another claims the drink was named after the strong recoil of the Martini & Henry rifle, in use by the British Army between 1870 and 1890. Wherever and whenever the martini was truly first created, it took years before the ratio of dry vermouth to gin reached a more modern level. A traditional martini is made with gin and dry vermouth at a 1:1 ratio and served cold with a green olive or lemon garnish. The level of gin has increased with regularity over the years, with personal taste and subjectivity requesting ratios of 3 or 5:1, gin to vermouth.
While there isn’t a clear story on how Tequila came to replace gin as the standout spirit of the traditional martini, there’s no doubt that it is a variation on the classic cocktail worth a taste. The Tequila Martini substitutes gin with Blanco Tequila, keeps the dry vermouth, and adds a lime garnish. You’ll find the natural citrus and herbal flavors of our never-aged organic Blanco Tequila are well-balanced by the dry vermouth. For a hot summer day, this cool cocktail will keep you feeling refreshed (and ready for a fiesta).
Taco Tuesday calls for something new. Tonight, while chowing down on some succulent al pastor or some spicy carnitas, refresh yourself with a surprisingly delicious Tres Agaves Avocado Margarita. This recipe, brought to you from the Tequila Ninja himself, is one of the most unique ways to consume Tequila, but also one of the tastiest.
Summer is the perfect time for avocados and fresh herbs, so why not toss them in your mixing tin or blender for a wonderfully creamy cocktail. Now the only question is do you have guacamole with your margarita??
If you’re in one of the eight states that are holding elections today, we know you may have had to make some tough decisions. At Tres Agaves, we’re used to that. We frequently find ourselves wondering, should we make a Manhattan Mexicano with Tres Agaves Añejo Tequila, or a Paloma with Tres Agaves Reposado Tequila?
We know, we know, after all the thinking that goes in to voting in state and local elections, who has time to make another difficult choice? Luckily you have us here at Tres Agaves to help you out. The obvious choice is… well, we don’t know either. We just know that you can’t go wrong with either one.
So make yourself a cocktail and celebrate the fact that you don’t have to worry about voting for another four months. FOUR MONTHS?? How is that even possible? Maybe we’ll treat ourselves to two drinks tonight.
Since it doesn’t contain high-fructose corn syrup or any other natural ingredients, it won’t leave you feeling sticky and gross after. Plus, a little shaking is the perfect amount of exercise for a Tuesday night. And definitely don’t forget the fresh lime juice!
Here’s to hoping everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day, and cheers to the summer. We’re happy to have you enjoying it with Tres Agaves Tequila and Tres Agaves Organic Cocktail Mixers. ¡Salud!