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Do you have a problem with flies? Don’t worry, because now you can kill them easily — the Mexican way. [No flies were forced to drink tequila during the making of this video.]

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More and more Americans are getting into mezcal, and that’s good news for a new generation of artisanal farmers and producers.

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In South Australia, a Port Noarlunga’s Tequila N Tacos video features an announcer with a “Mexican” accent. Get it right! The stereotyped fat Mexican cartoon avatar with sombrero, mustache, taco, and cerveza lacks the required serape, burro, and cactus.


Take a tour of Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico and meet the local tacos, the local tequila and the local perros. [Video by the Tres Agaves tequila people.]

They were ordinary people living ordinary lives, until one singular sensation of circumstance conspired with fate to make them UNSUNG HEROES OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH.

Hollywood, Dec. 23, 1958. Singing cowboy Gene Autry‘s Challenge Records signed hard-drinking rockabilly singer/piano-player Shep Devereaux to produce four sides. Devereaux, originally from New Orleans, booked the Flores Trio (Danny Flores on saxophone and keyboards, Gene Alden on drums, and lead guitarist Buddy Bruce) to back him up. They recorded three rockabilly numbers and an up-tempo mostly-instrumental track composed by Flores, a song jokingly called “Chingate.” The song’s lyrics consisted of just that one cussword, repeated three times and featured a blistering sax solo by Flores.

When Autry, in the control room, heard “Chingate” he knew it was a hit, but realized the name had to change, so he asked for suggestions for three-syllable phrases from the band.

“Horchata!” “Tu madre!” “Pendejo!” The musicians were full of ideas. [Mas…]


New York City’s Mariachi Flor de Toloache — live in Memphis — take a request for a song everybody loves, Tequila, the 1958 golden oldie by The Champs.

Making Tequila Orgullo: Stoop labor under timelapse skies (video)

by ANNE YEHO May 26, 2016 Cultura
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Making Pueblo Viejo Tequila Orgullo Añejo Viejo requires hard, back-breaking manual labor and high tech machinery. Beautiful skies, though.

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Here’s how they make vampiros to go in Jalisco (video)

by Barney Asada May 18, 2016 Cultura
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Squirt, tequila, grapefruit juice, sangrita (??) all in a plastic bag to go. What could be bad? Here’s a recipe for you pochos at home.

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Me? Today I’m drinking a cerveza and contemplating Cinco de Mayo

by ABELARDO DE LA PEÑA JR. May 5, 2016 Cultura
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I approach el Cinco de Mayo with excitement and ambivalence. I learned the history of the Battle of Puebla as the son of proud Mexicans, who happened to be immigrants. The story goes: On the fifth of May 1862, a small Mexican army kicks French butt. Bueno. My dad and grandmother worked at the Cinco […]

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In 1959, this country singer just loved ‘Tiquela & Mexican Beer’ (video)

by Soy Capitan March 30, 2016 Cultura
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In 1959, country singer Larry Bryant released a 45 celebrating his love of Tiquela & Mexican Beer. Music trade magazine Billboard called it “interesting” — not a good sign — and the record never made much of a splash. But the original 45 (#101 — the first release?) on Santa Fe Records is a $25 […]

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A man takes a drink, then the drink takes him (video)

by Gabacho Borracho March 17, 2016 Cultura
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It’s an old Irish proverb, according to video makers Sergio Gonzalez and Adam McCoy: A man takes a drink, Then a drink takes a drink, Then the drink takes the man. Read these instructions from the creators before attempting to view this video:

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Artisanal organic Oaxaca mezcal? Take my dinero please (video)

by Barney Asada March 16, 2016 Cultura
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Alberto Martinez, an agave farmer and mezcal distiller in Oaxaca, makes his traditional liquor the old fashioned way. Nikki Vargas (photo) has the story.

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Hold the OVNI – all ‘El Mexican’ wants is a nice cool one (video)

by ZORRO MULDER October 13, 2015 Cartoons
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Nothing like a cool refreshing cerveza on a hot dusty desert day. El Mexican gets all that, and more.

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Sweet cactus juice: The agave ‘sugar’ of Guadalajara, Jalisco (video)

by JEFE BOYARDEE August 11, 2015 Cultura
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Australian foodsters Sugars of the World made this video to promote Agave Sugar, and its birthplace, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

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Taco Tuesday + Cinco de Mayo = Drunk Tacos + Fresh Guac!

by Barney Asada May 5, 2015 Cultura
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How many times does Cinco de Mayo also fall on Taco Tuesday? Our guess is 14% of the time or 1/7th but math is hard, amiright? But the odds are with us today (the Fourth Was With Us yesterday, and with you) so let’s get loqui with two of our favorite thematically-appropriate videos — Tacos […]

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Me? I’m drinking a cerveza and contemplating Cinco de Mayo

by ABELARDO DE LA PEÑA JR. May 1, 2015 Cultura
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I approach el Cinco de Mayo with excitement and ambivalence. I learned the history of the Battle of Puebla as the son of proud Mexicans, who happened to be immigrants. The story goes: On the fifth of May 1862, a small Mexican army kicks French butt. Bueno. My dad and grandmother worked at the Cinco […]

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Kids, don’t try this at home: Making the Redneck Margarita (video)

by JEFE BOYARDEE April 10, 2015 Cultura
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Mixing up 10 gallons of tequila, margarita mix and ice cubes is a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!

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White people: Stop the racist Halloween costumes! (NSFW video)

by Barney Asada October 30, 2014 Cultura
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Attention white viewers, especially sorority sisters getting ready for a Halloween party: Don’t get dressed up as a taco — or worse. [This NSFW public service announcement is from Frank Legend, who is not Mexican.]

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José-Ariel Cuevas: Sweet Lady Añejo (poem)

by José-Ariel Cuevas September 8, 2014 Cultura
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I stare at my third tumbler full of tequila, looking at it like I did the other two, with reverence at this golden, earth-bound ambrosia, aged a year or more in old whiskey barrels…

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Topless Brooklyn bodybuilder’s ‘Mexican Firing Squad’ cocktail (video)

by JEFE BOYARDEE September 5, 2014 Cultura
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If you’re a Brooklyn bodybuilder who is gonna demonstrate how to make a Mexican Firing Squad cocktail for the Internets, make sure you’re topless and flip your man-boobs at the end of the video. Here’s the recipe from PunchDrink.com:

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‘How Tequila Is Made,’ ‘Maguey, Plant of 1000 Uses’ (videos)

by Gabacho Borracho July 24, 2014 Cultura
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Tequila — real tequila — can only be made from the blue agave. This short British documentary explains the process. But wait, there’s more. How about the 1952 Ralph Adams documentary Maguey: Plant of a Thousand Uses:

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The Champs rock ‘Tequila’ on American Bandstand

by Soy Capitan July 24, 2014 Cultura
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This clip from American Bandstand is so old everyone is in black and white, including a 20-something Dick Clark. Dick presents a gold record (1,000,000 45 RPM singles sold) and introduces The Champs and their hit Tequila. We featured the back story on this tune in our series Unsung Heroes of Hispanic History Month:

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La Cucaracha: Some tequila each day keeps diabetes at bay (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz April 3, 2014 Cartoons
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White people! No more racist Halloween costumes (NSFW video)

by Barney Asada October 23, 2013 Cultura
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The is a public service announcement from Frank Legend, who is not Mexican: Attention white viewers, especially sorority chicas getting ready for a Halloween party: Don’t get dressed up as a taco — or worse. [NSFW language.]

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