A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from March 12, 2008
Texartini (cocktail)

The Iguana Grill on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, has a drink called the “Texartini.” The Iguana Grill doesn’t state the Texartini’s ingredients, but provides a fictitious history: “This martini was invented in 1909 by Pancho Villa’s personal bartender, Tex Martinez.”
 
The “Texartini” drink appears to be the same as a “Mexican Martini” or perhaps a “Texatini.”
 
   
Iguana Grill (Austin, TX)
Texartini
This martini was invented in 1909 by Pancho Villa’s personal bartender, Tex Martinez. Surprisingly, the recipe reappeared in 1910 at the old Knickerbocker Hotel in NYC. Due to the absence of tequila, gin was substituted. The rest is history.
 
Austin (TX) Chronicle (July 7, 2000)
Iguana Grill
2900 RR 620 N., 266-8439
(...)
Order one of their Texartinis (a Mexican martini) and put yourself in the mood for summer fun and sybaritic excess.
 
Austin: Iguana Grill - Traveler Reviews
cjmills2622
Tucson, Arizona
Nov 18, 2007
(...)
I liked the Texartini I ordered, it was like a lighter version of a margarita.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Wednesday, March 12, 2008 • Permalink


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