Day of the Dead Margarita

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1 jigger silver tequila

1/2 jigger pomegranate liqueur

1/2 jigger orange liqueur

juice of 1/2 lime

Shake with ice and pour over ice to serve. Makes two mini-cocktails, one cocktail grande.

OK, so we are a few days late with the November cocktail. We were busy testing it. And re-testing and testing yet again. Wanted to get it right for you.

Pomegranate is a fitting ingredient in a dia de los muertos cocktail. The ancient Greeks considered the pomegranate the ‘fruit of the dead’ and believed it grew from the blood of Adonis.  Pomegranate, or pomegranate seeds, play a key role in the myth of Persephone, the goddess of the underworld, and her mother Demeter. Ask Ms Google about it.

But never mind the ancient Greeks.  November can be gloomy enough here in California as the days grow shorter and we keep waiting for the winter rains that never come. This drink is just the thing to chase away the shadows.  It’s light and bright and sure to put a smile on your face.

Ann Walker Catering’s cocktail guru can bring your party to life, creating a new drink for your special occasion.  The photo above was taken by David Walker in Mexico City. The lady, her name is Santa Muierta obviously could use one of our drinks.



Vin de Plaisir—–L’Uvaggio


A vin de plaisir  is a wine without pretense. It is a wine that makes you happy, brings a smile to your face, a wine that is a pleasure to drink.  The term has nothing (or little) to do with price or prestige.  You will know you have tasted a wine of pleasure when you hold out your glass and say, ‘more, please.’

From time to time we will suggest a vin de plaisir. We would be happy to see your comments on our choices and would welcome your suggestions.

L’Uvaggio Wines

I first met Jim Moore many years ago when he was making wine at Robert Mondavi in Napa and I was writing for the San Francisco Chronicle.   (That was in the day when Robert Mondavi was really Robert Mondavi and the San Francisco Chronicle was really the San Francisco Chronicle. ) We kept in touch when Giacomo started his own winery which is devoted to making wine from Italian varieties in California.  Full disclosure I am a huge fan of Uvaggio wines and am happy to recommend them without a quibble.

Uvaggio wines are never headachy high alcohol monsters.  They could never be described as fruit bombs.  What are they?   Well, you will just have to open a bottle and find out.

Here are two of my current Uvaggio favorites.

2012 Uvaggio Vermentino, $14

Vermentino is found in many parts of Italy but especially on the islands of Sardinia and Corsica.  Jim Moore found his Vermentino growing in the Lodi  wine region and has made an appealing wine with lean apple and pear notes on the opening. The flavors are rounded, fresh with a distinct minerality.  Have another glass. It’s only 12.9% alcohol.

2011 Uvaggio Primitivo $16

This is for sure one of the best versions of Primitivo from California I’ve ever tasted. It’s a supple wine with bright brambly fruit, good acidity and a long satisfying mouthfeel. More, please.

—Larry Walker