If you hadn't noticed already, I'm a little obsessed with tequila these days. During San Francisco's Cocktail Week, I got educated on the basics of tequila by expert Ryan Fitzgerald and was swiftly convinced that there were numerous reasons why America should be drinking more tequila. But beyond that, I also garnered a number of surprising facts about the Mexican spirit. See the shocking facts — I guarantee they'll surprise you, too — when you read on.
I'm the first to admit it: while I'll enjoy the occasional shot of tequila, it's not usually the first thing I'll order when I saddle up to the bar. But at a San Francisco Cocktail Week seminar, I learned a good bit about the basics of tequila — and just how awesome the Mexican spirit can be. Here are four legit reasons why tequila is seriously underappreciated.
The best part about living in Northern California this time of year is that while everyone else is mourning the loss of Summer, the Bay Area comes to life with impossibly blue skies, a cornucopia of tomatoes, figs, melon, and late-Summer stone fruit, and — finally! — some warm, sunny afternoons. And then, to top it all off, cocktail week enters the picture, too.
San Francisco Cocktail Week started five years ago as a way to honor the heritage of America's colorful cocktail culture, both in the Bay Area and elsewhere. The weeklong festivities are filled with parties, cocktail-making classes, and historical seminars.
Can't make it to San Francisco? I'll be here to report back what I learn on everything, whether it's how to sip tequila or the science behind tasting cocktails. To poise myself for next week's rigorous bar exams, I hunkered down with the Cointreau Cup, one of the official cocktails of next week's event. With its floral aromas and slight effervescence, it was perfect for this time of year. To see the recipe, keep reading.
Despite the slow but sure changing of the seasons, there's still quite the selection of food festivities to choose from. So right now, there's only one thing to do: get eating and drinking before nippy weather slows down the circuit!
As for us, we'll be occupied with our Left Coast version of cocktail week, where the town's top startenders will shake and swizzle their way into our hearts. (That should be easy.) What are you up to? Let us know in the comments below!
- San Diego, CA: San Diego Restaurant Week — Sept. 19-24
- San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Cocktail Week — Sept. 21-27
- New York, NY: StarChefs Rising Stars Revue — Sept. 22
- New York, NY: Denver Five at the Beard House — Sept. 22
- New York, NY: Joy of Sake — Sept. 23
- Los Angeles, CA: Feast of San Gennaro — Sept. 23
- London, KY: World Chicken Festival — Sept. 23-26
- Chicago, IL: Chicago Gourmet — Sept. 24-26
- Napa, CA: Primal Napa — Sept. 25
- Minneapolis, MN: Taste of the Nation Minneapolis — Sept. 26