Understanding the Tequila NOM

sparkledonkeyNow a lot of the internet might be thinking that I’ve somehow come up with a great new baked treat that incorporates tasty tequila, this is sadly not the case.  (But would make for another great post).  The NOM or Norma Oficial Mexicana is the standard that regulates the production of tequila in Mexico.  By law and tradition Tequila is a distilled agave spirit made in the city of Tequila in the Mexican state of Jalisco, pronounced (Hal-is-co).  The law was eventually expanded to allow any distiller in the state of Jalisco to call their spirit tequlia, and even after that some parts of the neighboring states of  Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas.

As you can see it’s an oddly shaped little state with protrusions and that kinda pitchfork looking section on top.

Much like the French  appellation d’origine contrôlée restricts what you can call Champagne, Bordeaux and Roquefort, the NOM limits tequlia’s to this region and imposes other standards on the production.  It isn’t a mark of quality it simply assures that you’ve bought something that was actually produced in mexico and is what you could consider “legit” tequila as opposed to a knockoff.  If you check a bottle of tequlia you’ll usually find the NOM as a 4 digit number on the back.

Much like any distillery the ones in mexico aren’t always brand specific.  The distillery can manufacture tequila for a number of different labels at different times of year.  You can actually look up the distillery online via http://www.tequila.net/nom-database.html This handy database lists all of the official NOM distilleries and which labels they bottle.  Handy in an argument if you’re trying to prove that 1800 is better than Jose Cuervo. (Fun fact if you look up NOM 1122 you’ll find that they both come out of the same still.)

There are a lot of other agave spirits from Mezcal to Bacanora each with their own regional history.

My own personal favorite Sparkle Donkey comes from a distillery called Destiladora del Valle de Tequila NOM 1438.  Some other brands from that same still include apocalypto tequila , Uno Mas and Verde Green an Organic Kosher tequila.  I’m not entirely sure what you’d need to do to have a Kosher Tequila but I applaud them for trying.

Nutella Cocktail

In my various travels around the interwebs I stumble across (or am pushed) into various sites with curious and interesting drink ideas.

This one in particular falls firmly into the category of “fuzzy drinks” for which I have to come up with a better title.  This is one of those drinks made with liqueurs only, nothing hard and nothing crazy.

I think one could probably expect a light-weight drink from a site called Crazy Adventures in Parenting.  But of any of us who except parents has a good reason to drink.

This could almost be in my AM drinking category if I were inclined that direction but really the combination of Milk, Godiva and Frangelico isn’t all that unique.  Hazelnut and chocolate are about as inseparable as chocolate and peanut butter.

What makes this drink interesting to me is the garnish used on the glass.

  1. Put the Nutella into a bowl and microwave for 15 seconds to warm.
  2. Drizzle Nutella inside your martini glass.

I think you could reasonably use this same feat in any number of concoctions with or without Godiva in the mix.  Nutella is considerably easier to handle than bar chocolate, fudge, chocolate syrup or even magic shell.  It’s more of a gel than a liquid and it doesn’t take much in the way of heat to make it pliable enough to move.

Personal suggestion would be to use a squeeze bottle of some type and simply heat the bottle in a pan of hot water for a couple minutes.  You’re going to get a more even heat without the drying out and gumminess that a microwave is going to impart.  If you’re going to be drinking or making a lot of these then putting the bottle back in the water keeps your chocolate fluid while you’re working your shaker.

Ps. No Gin, no Martini!

Drink of Thrones

Given the popularity of the series it is perhaps inevitable that someone would think to make an entire series of drinks themed around the show.  Since the third season of Game of Thrones has finished I’m sure we all have a lot of time to drink, watch the first two seasons on DVD and contemplate until The Newsroom starts up in July.

This Guy obviously knows his stuff.  I’ve yet to try out many of these, and a few don’t look all that appetizing but I have to give him mad points for creativity.

Below we find his And Now His Watch Has Ended

3 oz POM Pomegranate Cranberry Juice
1 oz Blackberry juice
2 oz Dark rum

Shake with ice, strain and serve.

And Now his Watch is Ended