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My Margarita Martini Recipe

As stolen from Trudy’s restaurant in Austin, Tx. 

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Margarita Martini

Y’all, I have spent more than a few years drink testing every margarita I can find. Most places get it wrong. They throw a bottle of Master of Mixes margarita mix in with some tequila and call it quits.

These places are not worth returning to.

However, there are some gem restaurants that actually take the time to craft a drink worth drinking. Something with the tartness of limes, the sweetness of sugar, the bite of citric, and dusty agave taste.

These places are worth returning to in order to figure how how they make the drink and shamelessly steal it.

And, believe me, I have spent a lot of time visiting and revisiting various places in order to learn their secrets…and steal them! The best one I have found is the Mexican martini from Trudy’s in Austin, TX.  In the name of science I drank a lot of these.

True story: Trudy’s will only serve you two of these.  Back when there were just 3 Trudy’s, people would start at the North Star location, drink their two. Catch a taxi to the original location. Two more. Then head to the old south location and two more. Then they added a fourth place and moved the south location.

After that most people couldn’t make it past 3 places. But a few stalwart souls could handle the trip. Then Trudy’s integrated all of their locations into one system because of like alcohol poisoning or something.  Whatever.

Anyway, I developed a fine sense of what a good Trudy’s Mexican martini should taste like and I’ve added a bit of something of my own.

For this drink you’ll need:

  • 2 shots of 100% agave tequila (My fav label is Espolon)
  • 1 shot of Triple Sec
  • 3 shots of limeade (do not use a lime soda like Sprite/7-Up)
  • Juice of fresh squeezed 1/2 of a lime
  • 1 shot of orange juice (to take it up a notch juice of one fresh squeezed orange)
  • Tajin
  • Cliantro
  • Jar of olives
  • (optional) jar of jalapenos

Instructions

  1. Fill a steel shaker with ice
  2. add the 2 shots of tequila
  3. add the 1 shot of Triple
  4. squeeze in the 1/2 lime
  5. squeeze in the orange/add the shot of orange juice
  6. Add in the 3 shots of limeade.
  7. Add tablespoon of olive juice
  8. Shake.
  9. Wet the rim of a glass/mug and dip the rim into the Tajin. Spin to get a good coat.
  10. Strain the mix into the glass.
  11. Float a sprig of cilantro as garnish.
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Margarita Martini

Now, you’re probably thinking, “WTF is Tajin?!?”  It’s a mix of dried Mexican chilies and lime salt. It’s not spicy so much as it hints at a spice with the tang of limes. It’s amazing on corn, eggs, cauliflower, actually it’s fantastic on just about anything.

And enjoy!  But, please be responsible. This little drink goes down real easy, but it packs a bit of a punch. So be careful.

Oh, and if you really want to make this a drink for the summer everyone will remember, add a tablespoonish of jalapeno pepper juice. The sweet tartness from the limeade with the tequila flavors will be taken up a bunch of notches by the jalapeno spiciness.  Oh  yes.

Alright, y’all.  I need to go make me a few of these and get cracking on the next book!

TTy’allLater!
~W.H. Lock


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Brick

By now you’ve probably seen Director Rian Johnson’s movie Rogue One.  Yeah, I agree, it’s amazing. Especially the last few minutes with that Vader in the Hall scene.  Bad ass Vader is back!

But have  you seen Rian Johnson’s first film Brick?  

It’s one of my favorite films from the early 2000’s.  It’s a neonoir style mystery set in high school.  Of course it’s a story that revolves around greed, sex, and murder.  Like all good noir and high school stories should.

It’s primarily inspired by Dashiell Hammett’s Glass Key and Red Harvest. If you haven’t read either of those, go pick them up. They’re great.  Red Harvest was the inspiration for the Kurosawa classic Yojimbo and the American film Last Man Standing.  It’s also inspired by the now classic anime Cowboy Bebop.

Which you should definitely  see. Bebop is an amazing series. It’s so good, I even own the sound track on CD.  And I don’t buy soundracks.

One of the things that I like the most about Brick is the command of the noir-style language. It’s something I’m very conscious of when I write a Jack story. It’s amazing how well the patios blends with being in High School.  I mean, it opens up with the protagonist Brandon looking for his ex-girlfriend Emma. He keeps asking everyone who she’s eating lunch with now.  Which totally sounds like a noir slang for who she’s spending time with BUT since this is High School, it really does mean he’s asking who she’s sitting with during their lunch break.

It stars a Joseph Gordon-Levitt and, as I mentioned, it’s written and directed by Rian Johnson.  If you like hard boiled action, noir patter, and some action you’ll probably like Brick.

If you don’t like any of those things…I wouldn’t watch it.

TTy’all Later!

~W.H. Lock

 


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Cloak and Dagger comic cover

Cloak & Dagger

The original Cloak & Dagger comic mini series was one of my favorite series as a kid. It’s a bit dated in its portrayal of characters, but over all it’s a really good. Two kids run away and get swept up with dangerous people.

Cloak and Dagger comic cover

original comic cover

And get superpowers.

Which normally doesn’t happen to runaways, but this is comics so that happens.  Like all the time.

But it’s a good one that covers drugs and drug addiction.  Not in the jokey way that comics had done before with Speedy and Green Arrow yelling about Speedy being a JUNKY!!!!

Comics History note: many people claim that the first use of drugs in comics appears in Spider-Man with Harry Osborn popping some pills or DC Comic’s Green Arrow’s sidekick shooting something up. They’re wrong, drug use stories appeared in Pre-Code comics like Detective Comic’s Johnny Law #25 published in 1937. The earliest one I know of was titled The Marijuana Racket. It’s a 7 page comic story in the vein of Reefer Madness.

Anyway, Marvel Studios is continuing the take-over of all media by launching a new hero TV show.  They’ve turned Cloak & Dagger into a cable TV series. they recently released a trailer.

I’ll be honest after the trailer.

So, in terms of accuracy to the source- I think they’re nailing it. The two actors in the lead rolls look like the characters. they have a specific origin story that involves both of them running away. So far, looking good.

But there’s something off here. I can’t put my finger on why I don’t like this trailer. Maybe it’s the crap music.  Maybe it’s the lower special effects budget. I don’t know but I’m seriously underwhelmed.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll watch every episode of the first season.

But right now I’m a little wary.

 

~W.H.


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Under a curse

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So, I go through this cycle when I start a new project.  I think of it as my very own personal creators curse.

  • Step 1 is “Wow, this is a really good idea!”
  • Step 2 is “This is just so much fun! I love this idea.
  • Step 3 is “Huh. Hm. Well. This is a good idea. Well, I mean, I like it. But…”
  • Step 4 is “OMG, why do I even think I can do this! This is the WORST IDEA EVER!”
  • Step 5 is “Okay, I’ll just finish this draft and that’s it. No more.”
  • STep 6 is “Well, this isn’t so bad. I mean, with a little work…”
  • Step 7 is “You know, this is actually pretty good. Not amazing, but…yeah…”
  • Step 8 is “I AM SO SICK OF LOOKING AT THIS THING! Whatever! It’s done! I don’t care!”

Right now, I am firmly in Step 4.  The “creative doldrums” usually hits me in the outline stage. And I’m right in the middle of the outline stage. About two weeks ago or so, I really loved this idea.  Now that I’m working it out, I’m less enamored.  I know from experience that I go through this every time. What it takes to get out of this slump is to keep working on it.

I just gotta power through it.

If I switch to working on a different project, I will end up in the same place with that new project. So, I know it’s best to keep working on this project.

There’s a lot to be learned every time you complete a book. You get better at creating sell-able ideas. You get better at writing.  You get better at finishing. Being able to finish writing a book is an incredible valuable skill. There are an endless amount of books that have been started and never finished.

No one buys an unfinished book.

So, if you’ll excuse me, I have a book to go finish.

TTy’allLater.
~W.H.