We're in the Jungle

I couldn't resist. We're not really in the jungle, but with the persistent rain we've had, it's an easy slip of the mind. Personally, I love the rain. For me it conjures mystery, romance and slowness... a feeling magnified in the jungle. The air is cool and humid. The light is diffused. Noises rustle leaves nearby. Rain hits the canopy while the trees protect the creatures below. Magic.

For this I am glad Las Posas exists. Edward James, an English Surrealist, commissioned the sprawling sculpture gardens in Xilitla, Mexico during the 1940's through to his death in 1982. What a strange and beautiful artistic haven.

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A Surrealist performance on one of the Las Posas sculptures in the 1970's.


In sudo-inspiration of Las Posas (and because we like tequila) we give you two easy riffs on classic cocktails - one on the Tequila Sunrise and one the Margarita.


Empire of Light
1 3/4 oz Tequila
1/4 oz Maraschino
1/4 oz Campari
3 oz orange juice
1/3 oz lime juice

Shake all but the Campari on ice. Strain into an ice filled glass. Pour the Campari on top.


This is not a Margarita
2 oz Tequila
1 oz Maraschino
3/4 oz lime

Add to a shaker. Shake and strain and serve on ice with or without salt.

Notes: We used Reposoda tequila and/or mescal for both drinks. We often like to use part mescal and part tequila to get some smoky notes from the mescal and forego the exorbitant cost of using all mescal. Also, you'll notice that we used Maraschino in both drinks. Why you may ask? Because it amazingly delicious in a multitude of cocktails. Try it.

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