Mixing the Perfect BarCamp Margarita | November 25, 2007

This weekend saw 100 web geeks descend on the UK offices of Google for the third ever London BarCamp. Google proved to be excellent hosts, allowing us to take over their well stocked staff canteen (those guys eat well) and much of their fourth floor office space. There was a constant supply of food, beer and sugary snacks, as well as access to their games room and rides on their Seagways. They even supplied people with indoor tents and put on a midnight buffet for everybody staying over. To say we were looked after is probably somewhat of an understatement, so thanks to Ian Forester and all the folks at Google for their hospitality.

The event itself was a lot of fun, with my favourite talks coming from Leisa Reichelt and Gavin Bell. Sadly, there were only about 70 sessions, which meant that 30 people chose not to speak. This left a lot of space in the schedule, and quite often there were two of three rooms not being used. As BarCamp is supposed to be a participatory event, I think it’s a shame that so many people decided not to get involved. I’d be tempted to bad those people from the next event, to make sure the space goes to somebody who is willing to put something back.

Talking of putting something back, I decided not to do the usual web related stuff and tried something a little different instead. So I went out and bought a load of tequila and treated everybody to a Margarita mixing workshop. Each session was supposed to be half a hour long. However I cunningly positioned my session at the end of the day, allowing us to spend two hours sampling tequila, mixing margaritas and generally hanging out.

If you’re interested in mixing the perfect margarita, here is the recipe:

For the workshop we used two types of tequila; Jose Cuervo Traditional and Patron Reposado. The proportions used really depend on personal taste. If you like your margaritas with a bit of a kick, I recommend 3 parts of tequila, two parts orange liqueur, and one part lemon and lime. However if you prefer a more citrus note, I’d use 2 parts tequila, one part orange liqueur and one part lemon and lime. Incidentally, most recipes only use lime, but I find the addition of half a lemon makes for a sweeter, less bitter taste. For even more sweetness, you can add a dash or two of homemade simple syrup.

Pour the resulting mixture into a Boston shaker with around 7 ice cubes and shake for a good thirty seconds, until the outside starts to get very cold and ice crystals form. At the same time, rub some lime round half the rim of a tumbler, and dip it in a plate of salt. Fill the tumbler with fresh ice, and strain in the resulting mixture. Top with a slice of lime and a straw, and you should be all set.

Posted at November 25, 2007 10:24 PM


Toni Farrington said on November 26, 2007 2:57 PM

Hi Andy
Sounds fabulous - I will certainly try it! I’m sure everyone appreciated that at the end of a long day. :)

4thwave said on November 26, 2007 10:48 PM

It was a definitely fun presentation. I now know how to mix drinks, so I am dying to try to make a margarita.

Anyways, thanks again for the presentation.

Keith said on November 27, 2007 4:15 PM

Good idea! Sounds like a really fun time.

So, I’m going to put your mix to the test on Friday. I’m sure it’ll be wonderful and I’m looking forward to it.

Keith said on December 6, 2007 5:15 PM

Well, we tried it at our holiday party. Was pretty darn good, if a bit of a mess to make (probably our fault) and I think the Cabo Wabo made a big difference. That stuff is great.

Thanks for the inadvertent holiday help Andy! Cheers.