Monday, December 2, 2013

Ring in the Holidays with Tequila!

Terroir meets territory on Wednesday, December 4 as the University of Texas Press partners with the UT Austin Libraries on the second installment in the Libraries’ new cartography series, “You Are Here.” This month, the series will highlight rare maps of Mexico, part of the university’s Benson Latin American Collection and currently on view in the exhibition “Mapping Mexican History: Territories in Dispute, Identities in Question" with a special focus on the crossroads of historic and contemporary culture of Mexico, its traditions…and tequila, of course! The evening’s speaker will be Lucinda Hutson, America’s premier tequila expert and author of ¡Viva Tequila! Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures, published by UT Press this April.

Hutson will talk about the history of the region and the rise of Mexico’s most notable contribution to the world of distilled spirits and share personal anecdotes and recipes gathered from her travels. Guests will also have the opportunity to view historical maps of Mexico, including rare examples of hand-illustrated Relaciones Geográficas from the Benson’s collections, to help place the story of tequila into geographical context.

The program will be followed by book signing of Viva Tequila – books will be available for purchase at the event – and a tequila tasting (limited to adults over 21 with ID) provided by Dulce Vida Tequila. KOOP’s (91.7FM) dj t-kay will provide the evening’s music.

The “You Are Here” cartography series is designed to highlight the university’s renowned collection of maps. Events take place four times annually and feature items curated by specialists from cartography collections across The University of Texas at Austin campus.

“You Are Here: ¡Viva Tequila!”
Wednesday, December 4, 6p.m.
Benson Latin American Collection, Sid Richardson Hall (SRH) 1.108, The University of Texas at Austin

This event is free and open to the public.

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