[The Cocktail Chronicles]
A history of cocktail favorites

By Sam Ujvary

National Tequila Day

National Tequila Day takes place on July 24th. The agave plant that gave us this beautifully distilled beverage is continuing to allow mixologists, party hosts and tequila enthusiasts alike to develop their own cocktail repertoire. Thank you, Mexico, for sending us this nectar of the gods. In honor of this day, below are some favorite cocktails.

Traditional Margarita:

1.5 ounces Don Julio 1942 Tequila
1 ounce Cointreau
.5 ounces fresh lime juice
splash orange juice
optional salt rim

Combine all ingredients with ice, shake and strain over ice with salted rim. Garnish with a lime.

Bloody Maria:

2 ounces Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Tequila
4 ounces tomato juice
.5 ounces lemon juice
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
1 pinch celery salt

Combine ingredients over ice and mix. Garnish with a lime.


1.5 ounces Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Tequila
2 ounces grapefruit juice
splash lemon-lime soda
optional salt rim

Combine ingredients in ice-filled glass. Top with soda and garnish with a lime.

Make this happy hour a special one. Enjoy some of Mexico's finest export.



William (Bill) Gilmore, 90, one of the three Robot CoupeU.S.A. Inc. founders, died at his home June 15 in Raymond, MS.  Mr. Gilmore enjoyed a 50-year career in the foodservice industry with strong relationships with customers and dealers.  He was deeply admired by Robot Coupe USA employees who had deep respect and appreciation for him throughout his career and retirement; this affection was mutual.  During his long career, Mr. Gilmore was the first vice-president of sales/marketing at Frymaster Corp.; one of the founders of the rep group, Marketing Agents South as well as an instructor and director at the Dale Carnegie School.    Mr. Gilmore was active in the Gideon ministry for over 50 years; and he and his wife, Frances, founded Way for Today Ministries, Inc. – a non-profit missions and benevolence outreach ministry.  Mr. Gilmore is survived by his wife of 68 years Frances, two sons Ronald and Steven (Rusty), grandfather of eight and great-grandfather of six.  He will be greatly missed by the employees of Robot Coupe USA as well as his many friends in the foodservice industry.