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Viva Margarita: Fabulous Fiestas in a Glass, Munchies, and More Hardcover – June 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811840220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811840224
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,143,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Made from the heart of the blue agave plant, tequila is a liquor that tends to provoke strong feelings: people either rave over its rich, pungent taste or roll their eyes heavenward and recall nights that never should’ve been. Kerr clearly falls into the first category. In the introduction to his latest recipe book, the founder of the El Paso Chile Company exuberantly declares that the most famous tequila cocktail, the margarita, is not just a drink: rather, it’s a "lifestyle," a "lively libation that fuels our passion for celebrations with fire and soul." Readers who share his opinion will appreciate the bonanza of tequila cocktails he presents here. From Uber-itas that highlight "the sweet, the tart and the feisty" tastes of a classic margarita mix to Tequila Gelatin Shooters and fruity Mango Pellegrinos and Iguanabananas, all his recipes rely upon the notorious "cactus water." Many of the drinks are revisions of other classic cocktails: the Nacionalista is a sort of tequila Cosmopolitan; the Agave María is a tequila Bloody Mary. But a few of the drinks are entirely original: Stumbling Tumbleweed Punch, for example, combines limeade concentrate, tequila, crème de cassis and spicy ginger beer into a pink concoction that "has so much zing, it will put the fizz in your next backyard bash." Thankfully, Kerr refrains from plugging his company’s own dips, salsas and mixes in this book—there are only two photos of his new brand of tequila—making this an almost entirely impartial tribute to the "agave experience."
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About the Author

W. Park Kerr is the founding owner of The El Paso Chile Company, a 23-year-old premium Southwest specialty-food business. He proudly distills his own tequila, Tequila Nacional.

Leigh Beisch is a San Francisco-based photographer. Her work has appeared in many magazines, as well as in Olives, Anchovies, and Capers (0-8118-2494-2) and Cooking for the Week (0-8118-2128-5).

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lovethattequila on December 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is not simply a margarita recipe book, it has tons of really delicious cocktails to make with tequila. Each recipe recommends a particular type of tequila (anejo, silver, reposado, etc) and starts with a little story about the cocktail, when is best to try it, where it originated from, etc. The recipes use fresh, sometimes exotic ingredients. It is a beautiful little book and would be a great gift with a very nice bottle of tequila.

We have made several of the recipes and wow! A great book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Speed110 on January 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a drink book, this is a really nice tequilla and Mexican drink/snack book with some awesome pictures. However, there are only 2 or 3 margarita recipes.

Some of the other recipes look good and I am anxious to try them out.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kiwanissandy VINE VOICE on March 27, 2008
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The book is a cute little mixer recipe book, it has nice glossy pages, and beautiful photos but the title might indicate you to believe there are lots of margarita recipes, there are only 3. It's really more about tequila than margaritas per se.
There are recipes for Tequila Sunrise, Nacionalista, Paloma, Martini, Mojito, Colada, Shooters, Limonada but all made with tequila. There are nice full color pictures of the drinks in the appropriate stemware.
In the back are several recipes for food nibblers, guacamole, salsa, chili con queso, fajitas, etc. all with pictures and clear instructions. We made the quacamole and it was delicious.
Would highly recommend just don't expect all margarita recipes.
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