50 Shots of America–Colorado

Welcome to our continuing trek across the Unites States in search of fun facts and tasty cocktails. This week we’re in the Rocky Mountains, visiting Colorado! ~~~oOo~~~ After many changes of hands and disputes over the years, the free Territory of Colorado was organized by outgoing-President Buchanan in February of 1861. Named for the Colorado River, it would more than 15 years before Colorado would officially become a state in August of 1876–100 years after we declaration our independence from British rule–with boundaries made up of latitude and longitude markings, not natural boundaries (and it’s only 1 of 3 states
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Tucson: Tucson Culinary Festival – Margarita Championship

Image via Wikipedia Ole! This sounds like a fabulous new twist on tequila. I have gone to this event in previous years and love the venue at Maynard’s in the Depot. And there’s been some fabulous margarita tastings in past years. from the press release Tucson, Ariz—The 5th Annual World Margarita Championship™ kicks off the 4 day 2010 Tucson Culinary Festival on Thursday, October 28th from 5:30-8pm.  The event returns to the patio of Maynards Market and Kitchen at the Historic Train Depot in downtown Tucson – this year featuring an exciting new format. No longer sequestered, the official judging
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50 Shots of America–Texas

It’s fitting that this week’s state is Texas as I was planning to be in the Lone Star State this weekend for the Dallas Webcomics Expo, but scheduling issues (and that little trip to Nebraska in June) put a kink in this month’s travel plans. Ah, well, such is life! But because of that, I want to dedicate this week’s cocktail to all the Independent artists and creators out there making their own way! Miss Independent 1 oz Tequila 1 oz Tomato Juice 1/2 oz Pepper Vodka dash Worcestershire Sauce Celery Salt and Celery Stalk for garnish Combine liquid ingredients
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Tucson restaurant: Cinco de Mayo Agave Fest

Image via Wikipedia Tucson restaurant news (from the press release) The first ever “Agavefest” will be held at the Hotel Congress Plaza on Wednesday, May 5 from 5 – 9 p.m.  Featuring a wide variety of tasting and pairing opportunities, the event will showcase beverages made exclusively from the agave plant, including tequila (in all its designations), sotol (made from the Desert Spoon agave) and mezcal made from the maguey plant (another form of agave). The event will include a special competition featuring the winners of the Herradurra Tequila “Matador” competition held on April 11 at Hotel Congress, along with
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Tucson Culinary Festival-Tequila Tasting

For two years in a row, I have gone to the tequila tasting and this event is an absolute blast. The 2009 Tucson Culinary Festival is pleased to announce Milagro Tequila® as title sponsor of the World Margarita Championship, the opening festival event held on October 1 to 4 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort and Maynards Market & Kitchen.   The 4th Annual Milagro Tequila® World Margarita Championship will take place on Thursday, October 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the patio of Maynards Market and Kitchen at the downtown historic Train Depot (400 N. Toole Ave).  The championship
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Sips & Shots: Jello Shots Get Classy

Behold, the lowly Jello Shot. Generally relegated to college parties and other youthful excess, they’re a good way to consume quite a bit of alcohol without realizing just how much. But let’s look at just the jello for a moment. Gelatin’s been used in a number of quite grown-up recipes for centuries (various meats and veggies in aspic, mousses and the like) and in the mid-20th century became quite the novelty as packaged foods became more popular. Now it’s a subject of a few jokes but mostly a kid’s snack, a low-cal dessert or a safe food for anyone with
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National Tequila Day – July 24, 2009

I scoured the web looking for the origin of National Tequila Day but found none. Whatever. Probably, the Tequila Council or some such entity put their marketing heads together and came up with a random date to celebrate the best of the agave. If you only have a little bit of tequila in the house, you can still make these beer margaritas which are really good with chips, guacamole, and salsa or popcorn. Let me know what you think. For a bit more sophistication and tequila, mix it up with sangrita. While popular in parts of Mexico, it hasn’t caught on here
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Tequila: Supply and Demand-Where Does Tequila Come From?

¡Tequila! By Karyn Zoldan Mix equal parts botany, science and Mexican agro-history then add a jigger of marketing to describe the culture of tequila. Most of us who sip a margarita or savor a fine shot of tequila don’t wrap our brains around the complex question — where does tequila come from? Mescal de tequila is the first mescal to be codified and recognized by its geographic origin of Tequila in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, and the only mescal known internationally by that name. But after reading ¡Tequila!, vivid images of blue valleys and hard labor come to mind. This
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