Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cocina Del Barrio: The Trinity

This last weekend was Memorial Day weekend. Naturally I had to go out an have something with tequila in it. One of the only proclaimed tequila bars in the Twin Cities is Cocina Del Barrio, though it's commonly referred to as just Barrio. This review isn't of the restaurant itself, I'll save that for when I can try more than just a few things on the menu. This review is of their "flagship" margarita The Trinity.

I first heard of The Trinity while looking for what others considered to be the best margaritas in my area. City Pages, a local paper, did a Top 10 list and The Trinity came in at number 5. According the the Barrio menu, The Trinity is their "flagship margarita, made with cabrito blanco, cointreau, and lime juice". As far as margaritas go, this one is pretty straight forward.

The first sip had me coming back for more. I love it when a margarita doesn't taste like straight booze or mix but combines the two so you know your drinking but yet you don't. The mix of ingredients balanced perfectly! Barrio puts a lime wedge and orange twist in with your drink which is festive but luckily didn't take up much room. The Trinity comes in a short glass which I enjoy, but cost $10 which felt like I was being shorted. Don't get me wrong, the taste was worth the $10. I don't know if it was the short glass (all of the other margaritas and drinks come in tall glasses) or the fact that it was so good I drank it so quickly... Hmmm.

It was good enough that I got my sister to order one as well. She went for an other margarita to start (hibiscus and pineapple) and quickly switched over to The Trinity.

Next time you are downtown Minneapolis, near 50th and France in Edina, or at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport stop at Barrio and try The Trinity. You won't be disappointed.

Kate

Friday, May 22, 2015

Rules for Drinking

It's Friday and also Memorial Day Weekend so how about a little fun?! Here are a few "Rules for Drinking".


1. If you owe someone money, pay them back at the bar. Preferably during happy hour.
2. ALWAYS toast before doing a shot. (My personal favorite is "May you be in heaven a half an hour before the devil knows your dead.")
3. Whoever buys the shot gets the first chance to offer a toast.
4. Change your toast at least once a month.
5. Buying a strange woman a drink is still cool. Buying all her drinks is dumb. And just because you buy her a drink it doesn't mean she likes you.
6. Unacceptable things to say after doing a shot: "Great, now I'm going to get drunk.", "I hate shots", or the worst "It's coming back up".
7. Never, ever tell a bartender they made your too strong or too weak.
8. If someone offers to buy you a drink, do not upgrade your liquor preference.
9. After your sixth drink do not look at yourself in the mirror. It will shake your confidence.
10. It's only permissible to shout if you are doing a shot with four or more people.
11. If you can't afford to tip, you can't afford to drink in a bar. Go to the Liquor store.
12. Never brood in a dance bar. Never dance in a dive bar.
13. It's OK to drink alone.
14. If you're going to hit on a member of the bar staff, make sure you tip well before and after, regardless of their response.
15.If there is ever any confusion, the fuller beverage is yours.
16. If you do a shot, finish it. If you don't plan to finish it, don't accept it.
17. Learn to appreciate hangovers. If it was all good times every jackass would be doing it.
18. A flask engraved with a personal message is one of the best gifts you can ever give. Also, make sure there is something in it.
19. Always have a corkscrew in your house. If you don't, you can push the cork into the bottle with a pen.
20. Beer make you mellow, champagne makes you silly, wine makes you dramatic, and tequila makes you felonious.

If you have any drinking "rules" of your own I would love to here them. Leave a comment below!

Kate

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Perfect Margarita

Many of you I'm sure have had a margarita or two in your life. I've had a few myself. While its nice to go out and enjoy a margarita at your local watering hole, if you are a true tequila fan you should know how to make your own.
I enjoy a basic, no nonsense style of margarita. I don't buy any of the pre-made mixes as they seem to have a chemical taste that leaves you wanting. I also enjoy a margarita that has plenty of tequila.... just a few of these will leave you feeling fine! Now onto the recipe!

Ingredients:
100% Blue Agave Tequila (your choice, this recipe I am using Camarena because that is what I had most of on hand)
Lime Juice (squeezed yourself or you can buy the Realime brand)
Agave Nectar (I enjoy using the Agave In The Raw brand)


You'll also need a shaker to combine the ingredients.

I purchased the ingredients at a local supermarket. The Agave nectar was in the sugar or organic aisles for $6 a bottle. The Realime was also in the baking aisle for about $2.50. The tequila is the wild card. I have made this margarita previously with Patron and Camarena. I prefer to make mine with a blanco tequila. As I said in my Camarena Review post, it costs about $15 and Patron can run as high as $57 but I've purchased it as low as $32. If you use Camarena, as I have used here, you'll have margaritas for days all for about $23!

Recipe:
1. Pour 2 tablespoons of agave nectar into the shaker.
2. Pour 2 tablespoons of lime juice into the shaker.
3. Pour 1/4 cup of blanco tequila into the shaker.
4. Shake!
5. Serve over ice.

This recipe makes 1 serving. Multiply by as many guests you have or as many margaritas you want!
Comment your thoughts on this recipe or with a recipe of your own! I always love trying new margaritas!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Camarena Silver Tequila

Here we are, the first tequila review! I've chosen to review a tequila called Camarena first because of all its high points.

First a little background on the Camarena family and its tequila. In the early 1700's the Camarena family immigrates to Mexico from Spain and by 1761 have co-founded the town of Arandas in the Jalisco Highlands. One hundred years later, in 1860, the family plants their own agave fields in Arandas. Not until 1938 does Don Agustin Camarena found the tequila distillery Casa Casco Viejo. By 1982 Casco Viejo tequila is launched. Today Casco Viejo is Mexico's 3rd most popular tequila brand. Finally in 2010 they launched the tequila I'm referring to, Familia Camarena Tequila, 100% Blue Agave in the United States.
According to their website, "Clear with a pure, platinum sheen, Familia Camarena 100% Blue Agave Silver Tequila shows notes of rich toasted agave and fresh green herbs. Exceptionally soft and smooth on the palate, our Silver Tequila exhibits hints of sweet vanilla, savory brown spices and black pepper with a graceful, warming finish".

I bought this tequila on a whim. I happened to be at the liquor store looking for a bottle of red wine and saw that this silver tequila was on sale for $15. My first thought was how could a $15 bottle of tequila be any good.... it must be terrible tasting. But....
I really enjoyed this taste of this tequila. Very smooth and easy to drink by itself or in a mixed beverage. This tequila is made in the highlands, which is known for sweeter agave and better soil. My sister was my test subject in trying this tequila. My sister (who is NOT a tequila drinker by nature) said immediately that it was "very smooth"! She didn't even make that squished face that most people do when they don't enjoy something!
If you are looking for smooth tequila taste without the high-end tequila budget, I would recommend Camarena. Let me know what you think!

Kate

Friday, May 8, 2015

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to all who are visiting my page! I'm really glad to have you. I should probably start with my beginnings in tequila, as this is a tequila site. A long time ago (when I was not necessarily of legal drinking age) a friend of mine and I decided to drink a bottle of Jose one afternoon. You may have guess what happened next..... I didn't drink tequila for a VERY long time. Now, nearly 10 years later, I have a much greater appreciation for the drink they call tequila. We can get into the reasons for my appreciation in some later posts, for now lets just stick to introductions.

My name is Kate. I'm married with 2 cats. I'm a pretty simple girl. I enjoy tequila, horse racing, getting out of town, watching Netflix, and sometimes working out. See, pretty simple.

With this site I will give you tequila brand reviews, tequila bar reviews, margarita reviews, recipes that include tequila and tequila news/facts. I hope you enjoy. Please e-mail or Facebook my page with anything/anywhere you would like me to review or cover!

Kate