The latest annual report from the industry’s official regulator, Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT) detailed a banner yer. 374 million liters were produced in 2020. 286m of those liters were exported to more than 120 countries. Net exports were valued at $2 billion.
- Base Spirit Rum
- Preparation Shaken
- Flavor Refreshing
- Served On The Rocks
A champagne cocktail riff, the Air Mail cocktail was wildly popular in 1949 and appeared in print that same year. However, the drink is referenced as early as 1941 by W.C. Whitfeld. On account of the gold rum involved, some historians chalk up the drink’s origin to Cuba.
Regardless of the exact year, we do know that at the time of the drink’s advent, air mail was a cutting edge technology, delivering the post at lightning speeds. Not coincidentally, the deceptively smooth–yet booze filled–Air Mail cocktail had a similar effect on one’s blood alcohol content. As Whitfeld wrote, “This drink will make you fly high.”
- Combine rum, Lime Juice, and Honey Syrup in a shaker with ice.
- Shake until combined and chilled. Double strain into a highball glass.
- Add large cube ice.
- Top with Champagne. Garnish with lime twist.