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National Tequila Day - Let's Go back in Time to Hussong's Cantina in Ensenada


Well, it's National Tequila Day today (July 24). I tried to find out who decided that, but could find no exact culprit. Logic says it was a liquor company. So I guess we can't blame this one on Hallmark.

I'm tempted into honoring the Tequila Gods, and indulging in a little Jose Cuervo tonight, but we all know there's no such thing as a little Cuervo -- I mean, crack open the bottle and throw away the cap, right?! At least that's what I'd have done (did) "back in the day". 

My next thought -- "Hey, wonder if I have any tequila collectibles?"

I wish I could say I pulled out my copy of:



The Champs' 1958 recording of their R&B grammy winning TEQUILA, but no, I don't own it. Yet.

I did dig out my one and only tequila-related item. It's a ceramic jug with raised design that once held HUSSONG'S Tequila. 


Hussong's Cantina is a great bar down in Ensenada, Mexico. 

When I was in high school, we spent many a summer night there, after long days on the beach. As the current owner, Ricardo Hussong says, "It was way wilder in the ‘70s." Ah, good times. Enough said there. ;-)



On a historical note, the Margarita was invented at Hussong's - for realz!



Hussong's Cantina is still there, and still the place to go in Ensenada. Established in 1892, Hussong's is the oldest cantina in the Californias (California in the United States and Baja California in Mexico).
" ...opened Hussong's Cantina, back in 1892. Today, over 100 years later, it's hard to beat the $2.00 margaritas and the live mariachis that help make this fine drinking establishment one of the most famous bars in the world. ..." 

Why I didn't take, or buy any souvenirs, I don't know. But thank goodness for ebay. That's where I bought my jug, even if it does have a Zanesville Pottery (Ohio) sticker on the bottom. I doubt if it was ever even in Hussongs ...





Here are a few items that were on ebay -- the cool ashtray, and a metal bar tray. Maybe I'll watch for more Hussong's items... or maybe I'll just enjoy my memories of the good times I had there....




This is what Hussong's looked like when I went there in the 1970's:




Hussong's in 1908 [Source: Ensenada Historic Photos]


and Circa 1920s


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