Archive for July, 2010
With a drink menu like ours, cocktails can make for difficult (but delicious) choices. But have you ever wondered what the differences were between Añejo, blanco, Reposado, etc? These terms can tell us so much about the tequila’s age, taste and creation, but many people don’t know what they mean.
All tequilas start as Blue Agave, but a 100% pure tequila will be labeled as “100% Blue Agave”. Tequila labels are very strict about telling you exactly how your tequila was made. For example, “Reposado” tequila has been stored in oak barrels for 2-11 months, giving it a golden tint and nice, even taste between the Agave and the wood. “Reposado” means “rested”. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the many culinary claims to fame we have here at Mattito’s is our delicious margarita. Many Texans enjoy margaritas with their Mexican food, but have you ever stopped and wondered who was the first genius to pour lime, Triple Sec and tequila over ice?
Several people claim to have made the first margarita. One story tells of a bartender who concocted it as a signature cocktail/wedding gift for his brother’s fiancée, whose name was Margarita. Another cites Rita Hayworth as the inspiration, whose birth name was Margarita Cansino, or the singer Peggy (Margaret) Lee. But all the legends seem to start right around the 1930s-40s, in Texas and Mexico, a time romanticized by films such as “Bordertown” (1935) and “Out of the Past” (1947). Read the rest of this entry »