Behind the Bar: Tequila, Tequila

Every month, we feature Craig Green, Manager of Culinary Services, in an article where he shares tips, recipes, fun cocktails and great information on all the latest bar trends or happenings at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.

I remember watching Poltergeist II where the guy is drinking tequila and you see the worm going back and forth in the bottom of his bottle. He finally finishes the bottle and eats the worm and essentially goes crazy. I thought it was the tequila, but I guess it was the haunted house. From that point on, it was stuck in my mind that tequila would make you go crazy.

I learned that, due to a marketing campaign, people believed the worm represented a quality tequila. However, when a larva is found it means that the agave plant can be spoiled.

Did you know that tequila actually gets its name from the city in Mexico called … Tequila? Tequila has to be produced in certain regions of Mexico and made from the Blue Agave plant. I was just in Mexico and sampled some great tequilas that were very smooth and delicious. I used to think that tequila was only to be done as a shot, but with age comes knowledge, and now I enjoy several cocktails with tequila.

Here is the recipe for my absolute favorite summer cocktail that features tequila, the Paloma.


  • ¼ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup club soda
  • ¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Grapefruit wedge

Sprinkle sugar on a small plate, cut grapefruit in half, rub outer edge of cocktail glass on grapefruit to wet; rub rim of glass in sugar. Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice and sugar in a cocktail glass; mix until sugar dissolves. Add tequila, club soda, and ice. Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit and enjoy!

All this tequila talk has me craving a cocktail, and actually, I am headed back to Mexico City right now, so I will have a follow-up report on what are the best tequilas and how locals enjoy them in Mexico City.

You, on the other hand, can stop by Cheddar’s where we have different margaritas and cocktails made with tequila for your enjoyment. Come to your local Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and have one of our bartenders mix up one of our tequila-based drinks.

  • Texas Margarita
  • Grande Top Shelf
  • Shaker Margarita
  • Top Shelf Shaker
  • Texas Frozen Swirl
  • El Patron

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