Tequila Parlor

Trivia Tidbits:
All Tequilas are a Mescal. But not all Mescals are Tequila. Tequila comes from the regions around the city of Tequila and is made from 100% Blue Agave. Mescals are made throughout Mexico and are made from Agave varieties like Sotal and the Desert Spoon.

To best taste a tequila (mescal)…slow down…no need to shoot it. Hold the glass up to the light, consider the tequila color, then swirl it around. Next, bring the glass to your nose and smell the medley of scents. Before sipping the tequila, count to three, inhale, and hold your breath (exposure to air contaminates the flavor). Immediately take a sip, swirl it around in your mouth, swallow and exhale. What flavors do you detect? Citrus, spice, wood, floral, vanilla, caramel, chocolate…?

Ruby’s Libations

Parlor Limeade ~ Tequila | Candied Lime Simple Syrup | Soda | Lime

Legend holds that the origin of serving salt and lime with tequila evolved as a response to an early tequila boom in the late 19th-century. The unpredicted spike in popularity led to a proliferation of poor quality tequila brands; salt and lemon were used to mask the taste of crudely-made tequila. Unpleasant or not, the ritual remained and soon became a familiar feature throughout Mexican popular culture.

Parlor Blackberry Lemonade ~ Blanco Tequila | Blackberries | Agave Nectar | Lemon

The earliest written evidence of lemonade has been found in Egypt, dated to around AD 1000. The drink made with lemons, dates, and honey was enjoyed by peasants, and known as qatarmizat.

Paloma ~ Blanco Tequila | Grapefruit Soda | Lime

Little is known about the historical origin this popular tequila-based cocktail in Mexico. Some believe that it is named after La Paloma (“The Dove”), a popular folk song from the early 1860s. Others state it was created by the legendary Don Javier Delgado Corona in Tequila, Mexico. Sweet, sour, a little bitter, salty, and bubbly, what’s not to like?

Mexican Mule ~ Blanco Tequila | Ginger Beer | Peach Bitters | Lemon

In 1941, Sophie Berezinski immigrated from Russia and was carrying a heavy burden: 2,000 solid copper mugs to sell. One fine day, Sophie walked into the Cock ‘n’ Bull pub and met owner, Jack Morgan, and John Martin, the new owner of the floundering Smirnoff Vodka distillery (yes, that Smirnoff ). As Sophie would tell the story, the trio spent hours developing a drink that would bring together the fizzy nature of the ginger beer, the punch of the vodka, and the cold properties of copper to create the next great cocktail. After a number of taste tests and a few failed concoctions, they stumbled upon a recipe for a cocktail that would solve all their problems. Today, we’d like to introduce you to the Mexican Mule – the same fabulous cocktail…only with tequila!

Smoke Storm ~ Mezcal | Jalapeño | Black Pepper | Blood Orange | Lime

Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from any type of agave. The word mezcal comes from mexcalli which means “oven-cooked agave”. Agaves are found mainly in many parts of Mexico and all the way down to the equator, though most mezcal is made in Oaxaca. In Mexico, mezcal is generally consumed straight and has a strong smoky flavor.

Aztec Kiss ~ Mezcal | Vanilla Mallow Cream | Cinnamon | Aztec Chocolate Bitters

The history of chocolate begins in Mesoamerica. Fermented beverages made from chocolate date back to 350 BC. The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom, and the seeds once had so much value that they were used as a form of currency. Originally prepared only as a drink, chocolate was served as a bitter and was believed to have aphrodisiac powers and to give the drinker strength. Today, we are creating a unique drink that offers a most delightful s’mores in a glass!

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