A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 26, 2006
Tequila Mockingbird (cocktail)

Ever since Harper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, a drink named “Tequila Mockingbird” was bound to happen somehow. Drinks by that name date from the 1960s; the only thing in common is that they all contain tequila.
Tequila Mockingbird
1/2 cup unsweetened apple cider
2 oz. tequila
2 oz. black currant-flavored liqueur (Cassis)
2 tsp. fresh lime juice

Pour apple cider, tequila, black currant-flavored liqueur and lime juice over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour contents of cocktail shaker, including ice, into 2 old-fashioned glasses and enjoy! Serves 2.
Tequila Mockingbird recipe
1 1/2 oz tequila
3/4 oz green creme de menthe
juice of 1 limes
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into cocktail glass.
Cocktail Times
Tequila Mockingbird
- 2 oz Tequila
- 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Creme de Menthe (white) - Glassware: Cocktail Glass

Shake both the ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
The Webtender
Tequila Mockingbird
1 1/2 oz Tequila
1/2 oz Triple sec
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
2 oz Orange juice
1 oz Cranberry juice
Mixing instructions:
Fill tall rocks glass or tumbler with ice. Add tequila and triple sec, followed by O.J. and cranberry. Add blue curacao. DO NOT MIX. Garnish with lemon or cherry if desired.

5 May 1963, Los Angeles Times, Pg. L25:
“Tequila Mockingbird”
Now the boys at the Coral Reef Room have named a drink, “Tequila Mockingbird.” It’s tequila (naturally) and tomato juice in a salt-rimmed glass with a squeeze of lime.
3 January 1964, Chicago Tribune, “Tower Ticker” by Herb Lyon, pg. 11:
Dario Toffenetti’s restaurants are featuring a new, nuttily named cocktail: “Tequila Mockingbird!”
January 1967, The Server, pg. 30, col. 1:
Another recipe we’d like to pass along, courtesy of Pepe Lopez tequila is:
Tequila Mockingbird
1 jigger tequila
1/2 jigger green creme de menthe
juice 1 lime
Shake well with crushed ice, strain into cocktail glass.  Garnish with lime.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Tuesday, December 26, 2006 • Permalink

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