Given San Francisco’s proximity to wine country, it’s the reds, whites, and rosés that define our city’s nightlife. Not so in Texas. Tequila is de rigueur in Austin, and I downed my fair share of it during a weekend sweep through the Lone Star State. My tequila-based staple is a frozen margarita with salt, a libation that evokes home with such poignancy it almost brings tears to my eyes.
A novel installment in the annals of tequila is the Mexican Martini. A bizarre, perhaps not-too-tasty cocktail, it nonetheless bespeaks Texas: a shaken margarita in a salt-rimmed martini glass, garnished with olives. Liquid gold on a sweltering summer evening.