Sunday, June 20, 2010

Cookbook Countdown--Tequila Sunrise

When I was up at my mom's last fall, she was getting ready for a rummage sale and she had a box of old cookbooks, that she was going to sell. Well, I snatched up that box as quick as I could and smuggled it into the trunk of our car. I had to smuggle because the Handyman would not take lightly my adding a box of cookbooks to my already "over 218" at home. But they were my mom's! How could I part with them? How could my mother part with them for that matter?

I mean look at this: the Official Handbook, Drinks of Hawaii, 100 recipes.


It's so reminiscent of growing up in the 60's and 70's. Dinner Clubs, highballs, cat eye glasses and cigarettes with lipstick smears on the butts. My parents didn't smoke, but my mom did wear "cat-eye" glasses--the height of fashion! My dad and she would get dressed up to go out dancing at a supper club or dinner club/lounge. Before leaving the house they might offer their guests a highball before heading out. The ice in the glasses would clink and my brother and I would be in our jammies sitting in the hall mesmerized by all the sophistication.

In reality, my parents probably went out to a club once or twice a year.... we were more the kind of family where my mom made a huge paper bag full of popcorn and then the whole family would pile in the car and go to the drive-in theater.... but, the fancy sophistication of dinner clubs has stuck with me all these years.

Which brings me to this cookbook (or beverage book, if you will) "Drinks of Hawaii".
Notice these illustrations and how social apt they are for circa 1970.

Bottoms Up!

So...his wife is not too happy with the attention he's paying the lady with the long hair.

So much so, that she hits him over the head with her handbag!
Check out the long-haired lady's leg's way high up on the bar--what in the world was she trying to show off?

Then his wife decides to have some fun too!  If you can't beat 'em?

Just because it's an ode to Don Ho :~)

So, for my own personal cookbook countdown (click here to see how far along I am) I thought I'd make the Handyman and I a drink. A drink bringing to mind the "good old days"... a tequila sunrise!

This is the recipe from the book.....

Tequila Sunrise

1 1/2 oz Jose Cuervo
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz Grenadine
1 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz orange juice
Blend with 1 scoop crushed ice. Serve in a tall chimney glass. Garnish with a sprig of cactus.

and this is a picture of those drinks.......

The Handyman wasn't so sure this was a Tequila Sunrise of his youth. (he's much older--much, much than me... so he could drink in the early '70's. I could too, but it was illegal )

So, he pulls out his handy-dandy "Playboy" Bar Guide and looks up a Tequila Sunrise. And he made us a second drink for the night.
If we were going to vote.....we liked the Playboy version better.

Now...check out these illustrations from the Playboy bar guide......
(Holy Cow!!!)
This "beverage" book is circa 1970 also.

One could do a whole "women in the early 1970's" anthropology class just by these two beverage books.  Interesting....

I guess this is a chimney glass, who knows? 
(no one cares at this point---their eyes are elsewhere)

She seems to have imbibed a bit too much too?

The beginning and the end.... cocktail time!

Then I said to the have to go take pictures of your drinks for the blog. He said, "I do?" I said, "yes", so he did.

And here is the Playboy Version of a Tequila Sunrise:

Tequila Sunrise

Fill a tall glass 3/4 full of ice
shot of tequila
orange juice
float Grenadine on top

Tonight we are going to try Singapore Slings! Both versions.



bermudaonion said...

Well, I could drink the Playboy version but not the Hawaiian version so I guess I vote for it too. Sounds like a fun project.

Michelle B said...

The Playboy version is what I'm used to too. And now I'm singing the Eagles.

Gotta say those illustrations in the Hawaiian book are hilarious.

Karen said...

Oh, I used to love these. I think the Playboy version is how I remember them. Those cartoon pictures on those books are hilarious!

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