!Viva Tequila!: Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures

!Viva Tequila!: Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures

By: Lucinda Hutson (author)Hardback

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"Tequila is my soul mate," Lucinda Hutson exclaims. "Mexico in a bottle, its flavor is as melodic to the mouth as a mariachi tune is to the ear-bold, spicy, and full of life!" For nearly forty years, Lucinda has trekked through tequila country, distilling adventures and knowledge to present them to enthusiastic readers around the world. Her 1995 book Tequila! Cooking with the Spirit of Mexico helped usher in the boom that transformed the tequila industry. Now in !Viva Tequila! she returns to her lifelong passion, bringing us deeper into the traditions and vibrant present of Mexico, and creates fabulous, flavorful recipes for drinks and dishes made with Mexico's agave spirits. !Viva Tequila! begins with a lively tour of the history and culture of spirits made from the miraculous maguey-pulque, mezcal, and tequila. Lucinda follows her chosen elixir from fields of blue agave, to distilleries both family-owned and internationally operated, to the bewildering array of brands now available in the market. She offers advice on how to host a tequila tasting, discover your favorites, and stock your home cantina. With imaginative garnishes and presentations, and inspiration drawn from her travels throughout Mexico, Lucinda presents recipes for dozens of drinks featuring favorite Mexican libations, while also highlighting mezcal and tequila in new and bright ways that go far beyond the ubiquitous margarita. And because no fiesta is complete without festive food, Lucinda shows you how to use agave spirits in delightful dishes that feature fresh produce, fragrant herbs, and chiles picantes, prepared with techniques from Mexico's kitchen. For occasions ranging from lavish buffets to morning meriendas, leisurely afternoon tardeadas, last-minute happy hours, or dessert socials, you'll find original recipes and traditional ones, some of which Lucinda has altered with contemporary touches, that are sure to please every palate.

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About Author

Lucinda Hutson is a nationally celebrated food, garden, and lifestyle writer and lecturer who gives colorful slide presentations across the country. She also creates festive events and consults on recipes and menus. She is the author of The Herb Garden Cookbook: The Complete Gardening and Gourmet Guide, Second Edition, and her articles on food, spirits, entertaining, and gardening have appeared in Fine Gardening, Food Arts, The Herb Companion, Kitchen Garden, Horticulture, Edible Austin, and many other publications. Lucinda has hosted HGTV in her garden and has been a guest on PBS, and her gardens and recipes have been featured on the cover and inside Southern Living.


Introduction Part One: One Plant, Three Spirits Understanding the Agave History of la Milagrosa, the Miraculous Maguey; Glossary: A Plant with Many Names; Three Agave Elixirs Pulque In Search of Pulque; Producing Pulque; Pulquerias: Mexico's First Cantinas; Modern-Day Pulquerias Mezcal Regional Variations; Full Moon and Mezcal in Oaxaca, 1980; Making Mezcal in Santa Catarina Minas; Del Maguey Mezcal; Mezcal Today; The New Mezcalerias Tequila Blue Agave: The Lily of the Field; More Than a Decade in the Making; A Necessary Castration; La Jima (The Harvest); Alchemy of an Agave Elixir; Production Methods; Tequila Styles, Categories, and Tasting Profiles; Protecting Mexico's National Spirit: Government Regulation of Tequila; Tequila Tierra; Bottles and Brands: Selling the Bottle Instead of the Tequila?; Tequila Trends; How to Taste Tequila Part Two: Tequila Cantina Recipes, in Order of Appearance Cantina La Lucinda Stocking the Home Cantina: Ingredients You'll Need on Hand Tequilas; Liqueurs; Sodas; Juices/Purees; Flavorings; Agave Syrup; Sugars: For Sweetening Drinks And Rimming Glasses; Limes, Ice, and Salt: A Popular Trio; Cantina Classics: Homemade Seasoned Salts, Flavored Syrups, and Tequila Infusions; Barware; Glassware; Garnishes; The Cantina Garden El Arte de la Cocteleria: Crafting Tequila Cocktails Cocktail Mania; Tequila Drinks al Estilo Mexicano Jalisco and Texas Favorites How Mexicans Drink Tequila; How Texans Drink Tequila Copitas y Cocteleria (Shots and Cocktails) Luncheon at the Herradura Hacienda; How Don Aurelio Drinks Tequila; Sip and Savor; Sangrita: Tequila's Spicy Chaser; Tequilas Picosas; Cantina Classics: Tequilas Curados (Cured Tequilas) La Margarita History; Ingredients Frescas y Frias: Refreshing Icy Drinks The Daiquiri Debate; Frozen Margaritas; Gilding the Lily (Fancy Fruit Margaritas) Sabor a Mi: Fresh Fruit Drinks with Tequila Muddle, Splash, Spritz Muddle It Up; Making a Splash: Classic Cocktails; Spritz It Up! Punches for Parties En Salon Tenampa; Memories of Holiday Punch in Atotonilco; Posadas Navidenas After-Dinner Drinks Cantina Classic Liqueurs; Tequila Nightcaps; Coffee and Tequila: Always Compadres; Chocolate and Tequila: An Ancient Love Potion Part Three: Tequila Cocina Recipes, in Order of Appearance Cantina and Cocina: Cooking with Tequila Ingredients to Stock Fiesta Food Tostadas Compuestas; Sombreros: Tostada Toppings; Directions for Making Homemade Tostadas; Directions for Making Tostada Chips; Flautas !Tequila y Queso, Por Favor! Sazonando: Spicing It Up! Pestos, Marinades, Sauces, Chutneys, Salad Dressings, and Salsas Picantes Let's Salsa! Chunky Salsas Frescas: Another Kind of Tequila Cocktail Fruit Salsas; Savory Salsas Festive Frijoles: Have Some Tequila with Your Beans! Beyond the Tequila Sunrise: Brunch Anytime Festive Quick Fixes; Gazpacho Platos Fuertes: The Main Attractions Los Dulces Divinos (Divine Desserts) Tequila for Whatever Ails You A Shot a Day Keeps the Doctor Away; A Love Potion; Hangover Helpers Gracias Resources Bibliography About the Art Photo Credits Cantina Index Comida Index General Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/06/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780292722941
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9780292722941
  • weight: 1397
  • ISBN10: 029272294X

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