It's hard to believe that just over a year ago, I sat at a patio table at the Double-Wide with Jen as we got trashed on Hurritangs and I lost my camera. Oh, memories. Sweet, sweet memories. Well, since then, my girl drinkers and I (and a few boys thrown in for good measure) have put ourselves through the alcoholic wringer a couple dozen times for you faithful readers...and for fun. It is fun, I admit it.
So, it seemed appropriate that to celebrate a year of girl drinks, we went back to the start...where our GDD cohort Chelsea just happened to be celebrating her birthday with another one (the sixth annual, to be exact) of her charity rock shows, Cinco De Cha-Cha!.
Jen and I hit the D-W, each donned a complimentary sombrero and ordered up a Mi-Cha-Cha-lada, a version of the beloved michelada made special for one night only to honor the birthday gal.
In addition to the Mi-Cha-Cha-ladas, Chelsea had organized a banner line up local acts including the fabulous mariachi act, Mariachi Quetzal, who got a parking lot of early-comers moving and shaking...and who, incidentally, play every Friday night at La Milpa Mexican Restaurant in Denton. You want to see them. She also set up a salsa contest, provided a photo booth from which I procured three strips of classic shots and a tent of crazy good eats. And the decorations from Chango Botanica--so awesome. And all that was outside the venue where her rock show was kicking ass.
But back to the drink...that's what you want to know about, right?
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It was refreshing. It was tart. It was...burny. Translation? Mi-Cha-Cha-lada es muy bueno. The D-W's bartenders made it with Tecate, fresh lime juice, a few dashes of Tabasco and a little salt. Seeing as how it was a special treat just for the night, the drink is an easy make at home, and there is many a varied recipe online--some demand Worcestershire and soy sauce, some demand a fresh jalapeno--so you can find your perfect blend.
For Jen and I (and many others), the drink was a perfect fit for a cool night on a patio of pinatas. She even polished off someone else's when the drink got a bit too spicy for them--I'm guessing they weren't swirling their straw. You gotta swirl the straw. Otherwise, the Tabasco sets on the bottom.
Since the alcohol factor was basically contingent upon the Tecate, the D-W's Mi-Cha-Cha-lada wasn't as heavy as a Bloody Mary and it doesn't fill you up or get you loaded in one take...which was good because then we could enjoy more than one. It was spicy and smooth--essentially, a beer that's both sassy and ladylike, depending on how you approach it, of course. Wait, that sounds like a certain birthday girl we know.