DRINKS FOR MEXICAN FOOD
Sunday 07 June 1998
The second thing you need to know is that tequila is Mexico's greatest liquid product, but that under no circumstances should you drink it throughout the meal. Unless, of course, you want to spend the wee hours of the morning talking to Ralph on the big white telephone. Look for the good stuff, which can mostly be found at small specialists rather than the big chains. Conmemorativo is a long-standing favourite of mine. Sip it judiciously or make it into a superior Margarita (tequila, Cointreau and freshly squeezed lime juice in proportions of 5:3:4, shaken with loads of ice and strained for serving straight up or over fresh ice).
And then drink beer with your food. Nothing is better for these massive flavours. Mexican beers have achieved a certain amount of urban chic, but the commonest ones over here are no great shakes. One of the most popular, Corona, is often served with a wedge of lime stuck in the neck of the bottle. That's not an unreasonable idea, given the insipid nature of the fluid inside the bottle, but let's face it: if you have a really good beer, does it need citrus enrichment? There are better Mexican beers. Look for Dos Equis and Tres Equis, and especially for Bohemia, if you want to drink Mexican. But any good lager will do equally well. Serve it cold. Enjoy yourself. And don't worry about getting a partnership of perfection.
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