Key West, Margaritaville, and Tequila

 
JIMMY BUFFET'S MARGARITAVILLE
MARGARITAVILLE ACCORDING TO MARGARITAVILLE TEQUILA ORO
FLORIDA KEYS LATITUDE
THE SONG MARGARITAVILLE
MARGARITAVILLE IN KEY WEST?
TRAILS OF MARGARITAVILLE TOUR
OUR MARGARITAVILLE
LOOKING FOR YOUR MARGARITAVILLE ELSEWHERE?
TEQUILA - READING THE LABELS
TYPES OF TEQUILA
MEZCAL
TEQUILA DRINKS
MARGARITAVILLE JELLO SHOT RECIPE
SOME TEQUILA FACTS AND HISTORY
MARGARITAVILLE AND BUFFETT LINKS
JIMMY BUFFETT PRODUCTS

 

A guide to the types of tequila, tequila history and origin, plus information about Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett, Key West and the Florida Keys.

Need help in finding Margaritaville and selecting the best tequila to drink ?

This webpage will explain all there is to know about finding Margaritaville and tequila. You'll learn where Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville is, where some of his fans think it is and what some others folks say. We'll tell where the creators of this web page found their Margaritaville, and we list other places of lodging in Key West and the Florida Keys to assist you in finding your island paradise. In addition we'll help you locate that "lost shaker of salt" that Buffett searches for in the song "Margaritaville", and tell you about the tequila to go with it. Information on identifying tequila, the different types or grades of tequila, its history and origin is also provided.

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JIMMY BUFFET'S MARGARITAVILLE

Many Jimmy Buffet fans believe that Margaritaville and Key West are pretty much the same, but for Buffett his Margaritaville is "less a place than a state of mind. "

When asked where Margaritaville is Buffett answers,

"When you are there, you will know it."

 

MARGARITAVILLE ACCORDING TO MARGARITAVILLE TEQUILA ORO

Pictured above is a bottle of
Margaritaville Tequila Oro

 
The back label on the Margaritaville Tequila Oro bottle suggests that Margaritaville is in the tropics. "Somewhere between the Port of Indecision and Southwest of Disorder,"

The makers of Margaritaville Tequila Oro seem to agree with Jimmy Buffett about Margaritaville being a state of mind. In addition to having no specific degree of latitude or longitude, their Margaritaville must have palm trees, ocean breezes, island music, a beach and a thatch roof bar on the shore by a turquoise sea. There also has to be lots of lies and stories and it all should blend together like tequila, salt and limes.

We understand Jimmy has a piece of the action in the production and sale of Margaritaville Tequila.

FLORIDA KEYS LATITUDE

Most folks living in or visiting the tropical Florida Keys believe they have found that Margaritaville state of mind and experienced that change of attitude that Jimmy Buffet sings about. Since the Florida Keys has 42 bridges and 142 miles of roadway connecting the Keys' archipeligo of islands it's pretty easy to find a island paradise one can call Margaritaville.

THE SONG MARGARITAVILLE

Written in five minute in 1973, Jimmy Buffett's song Margaritaville made Billboard's 1977 Top 40 for 15 weeks. As the story goes Buffett wrote the song after having a margarita in the Key West bar, Old Anchor Inn, in response to seeing the influx of tourists on the streets and the crowded roads of Key West. Buffett says his song of downing tequilla and wasting away again in Margaritaville is " . . . not a debaunched song. It's just a very light song about people hanging out on the beach, not caring to do anything."

MARGARITAVILLE IN KEY WEST?

Margaritaville is more than an imaginery island in everybody's favorite Jimmy Buffett song, where you can stay "wasted away again" while looking for a "lost shaker of salt.".

It is also a restaurant, nightclub and gift shop on Duval Street in Key West. There, you can buy that lost shaker of salt and other Jimmy Buffett memorabilia. Margaritaville serves a hefty " Cheeseburger in Paradise,"and Couch Potatoes: Jimmy's concoction of french fries topped with chili, chopped onions and melted cheese. Either goes good with a margarita on the rocks, a cold Corona and lime, or a bottle of Key West Ale, or some other favorite brew.

There is also a Margaritaville Cafe and Store in New Orleans, a store in Charleston, South Carolina; and a Margarita Cafe and Store at the Universal Studio Theme Park in Orlando, Florida.

TRAILS OF MARGARITAVILLE TOUR

If you are a Jimmy Buffett fan there is a twice daily tour of Jimmy Buffett's old haunts when he lived in Key West. Offered 11 AM and 4 PM by Trails of Margaritaville Tours call reservations 305-292-2040

 

OUR MARGARITAVILLE

We think we've found our Margaritaville and are glad to share our discovery.

Our Margaritaville, the residential islands of Duck Key and the resort inn and Village of Hawk's Cay on Duck Key is in the tropical latitudes of the Florida Keys with lots of palm trees and unique arched bridges.

 

The resort provides island music, a coral beach and lagoon, and bar service right to your tiki umbrella by a turquoise sea. In addition there are lots of amenities. ie, .. watersports, tennis, five pools, recreational activities, fishing, a dolphin program, four restaurants AND a children's program to make your visit complete. You have a choice of Inn accommodations or a vacation villa for the family. And they all blend together like tequila, salt and limes.

The Village of Hawk's Cay with over 250 privately owned Key West style villas is located on the commercial zoned portion of Duck Key. Village property is contiquous to the Hawk's Cay Resort making the villas ideal for vacationers and owners who wish to utilize resort amenities.. Owners of the villas can elect to participate in the resort's vacation rental program. Around ninety percent of the properties are enrolled in the rental program.

On the residential islands of Duck Key you'll find a lovely community where you'll be made to feel welcome. You can live in solitude or be a part of the community social life. Club Duck Key has a large pavillion for social events, two clay courts for tennis and pool for swimming. Click Here for information from Duck Key Online about Duck Key and real estate opportunities.

FOR INTERNET RESERVATIONS and INFORMATION on conch style vacation villas at Hawk's Cay Village and lodging at Hawk's Cay Inn click on  

. HAWKS CAY LODGING

. Hawks Cay Resort - for both rooms at the Inn and "preferred" villas
61 Hawks Cay Blvd
Duck Key, FL 33050

.Duck Key Vacation Rentals at Hawks Cay Resort
51 Hawks Cay Boulevard


LOOKING FOR YOUR MARGARITAVILLE ELSEWHERE?

Below you will find a list of discounted lodging available in Key West and the Florida Keys.

Special Internet rates negotiated with a number of hotels and resorts are available to you through the Florida Keys Best website. We provide reservation and rate information on more than 80 places of lodging in the Florida Keys and Key West.

These discounted Internet rates most often represent a savings over rates generally made available to the public by hotels and resorts.

Links provided below will search lodging availability by areas.

ISLAMORADA, KEY LARGO , MARATHON, or KEY WEST

Arriving at Fort Lauderdale or Miami in the evening and don't relish the thought of a several hour drive at night to a hotel in the Keys. Consider exploring MIAMI BEACH for part of your stay. It's close to the airport. Another option - stop at the entrance to the Florida Keys (FLORIDA CITY). Start fresh in the morning and experience the Keys in the light of day.

ORLANDO is also listed here as it is frequently visited by travelers to the Florida Keys.

 

Links to many places of lodging in the Florida Keys are listed below.

 

DUCK KEY - MM 61

Hawk's Cay

Duck Key Vacation Rentals at Hawks Cay Resort

 

ISLAMORADA

Cheeca Lodge - MM 82

Chesapeake Resort - MM 82.1

Islander Resort - MM 82.1

Hampton Inn Islamorada FL
80001 Overseas Highway

Days Inn and Suites
82749 Overseas Highway

Pines And Palms Resort
80401 Old Highway

Holiday Isle Beach Resorts and Marina
84001 Overseas Highway



KEY LARGO

Key Largo Grande Resort Beach
A Hilton Resort
97000 Overseas Highway

Mariner's Club Key Largo
97501 Overseas Hwy

Marina Del Mar - MM 100

Hampton Inn Key Largo
102400 Overseas Highway

Mariott Beach Bay Resort
103800 Overseas Highway, MM 103.8

Holiday Inn - MM 100

Ramada Ltd.
- MM 99.7

 

MARATHON

Banana Bay Resort and Marina
4590 Overseas Highway

Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort
2600 Overseas Highway

Coconut Cay Resort and Marina
7196 Overseas Highway

The Hammocks At Marathon
1688 Overseas Highway - MM 48

KEY WEST

The Reach Resort The Waldorf Astoria Collection
1435 Simonton Street


Casa Marina Resort The Waldorf Astoria Collection
1500 Reynolds Street

 

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OLD TOWN

Hyatt Key West
601 Front Street

The Westin Key West Resort & Marina
245 Front Street

Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Westin Resort
245 Front Street

Ocean Key Resort
Zero Duval

Pier House Resort and Spa
One Duval Street

Hyatt Sunset Harbor Resort
200 SUNSET LANE

Crowne Plaza Hotel Key West (La Concha), Fl
430 Duval Street

 

KEY WEST - SOUTH ROOSEVELT

Sheraton Suites Key West
2001 South Roosevelt Blvd.

Best Western Key Ambassador Resort Inn
3755 South Roosevelt Boulevard

Hyatt Winward Pointe
3675 S ROOSEVELT BLVD

Doubletree Grand Key Resort
3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd.


Sheraton Suites Key West
2001 South Roosevelt Blvd

 

KEY WEST - NORTH ROOSEVELT

Hyatt Beach House Resort
5051 OVERSEAS HIGHWAY

Parrot Key Hotel and Resort - villa accommodations
2801 N Roosevelt Blvd

Holiday Inn Key West
3850 N ROOSEVELT BLVD

Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel
3841 North Roosevelt Boulevard

Comfort Inn Key West
3824 N. Roosevelt Blvd.

Courtyard By Marriott Key West Waterfront
3031-41 North Roosevelt Boulevard

Key West Travelodge & Suites
3444 N. Roosevelt Blvd.

Fairfield Inn By Marriott Key West
2400 North Roosevelt Boulevard

Days Inn - Key West Inn & Lodge
3852 N. Roosevelt Boulevard

Quality Inn Key West
3824 N. Roosevelt Blvd.

 

 

TEQUILA The Number 1 reposados tequila judged by a New York Times panel in August of 2006 was El Tesoro de Don Felipe

Information on identifying tequila, the different types or grades of tequila, history and origin, is also provided below.

READING THE LABELS

Pictured below are three labels which are affixed to the Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila bottle. The labels on a tequila bottle provide a great deal of information for the consumer to evaluate in judging the quality of the product. A description for each part of the label is provided below:

TEQUILA REPOSADO: The type of alcoholic spirit is tequila and REPOSADO indicates the tequila has been allowed to rest or repose. Rested tequila is generally pale in color and aged from 2 months to 12 months.

100% AGAVE AZUL means that the tequila was made solely from the blue "AZUL" agave plant. This usually means that the product is of good quality. By law 100% AGAVE AZUL or blue agave can only be bottled in Mexico.

Some tequilas are a blend of blue agave and as much as 49 percent sugar alchohol. Such tequilas are classified as mixto tequilas and are not as desirable.

 

JOSE CUERVO TRADICIONAL TEQUILA: This is the brand name

PRODUCTO DE MEXICO: Means a product of Mexico. For a spirit to be called tequila it must have been produced in Mexico

HECHO EN MEXICO, TEQUILA, JAL: Means the tequila was made in the town of Tequila in the Mexican State of Jalisco. Pronounced ha-lee'-sko

40% ALC. BY VOL. (80 PROOF): The amount of alcohol in the bottle by volume. 80 proof represent that the bottle's contents is 40% alchohol by volume. The majority of tequilas sold in the US are 80 proof.

 

Produced at "LA ROJENA" under the Supervision of the Mexican Government: means the tequila was produced at La Rojena under the watchful eye of the Government. La Rojena which was founded more than 200 years ago is now a Cuervo distillery in the style of a colonial hacienda.

NET CONT. 750 ml: The size of the bottle is 750 mililiters

NOM 1104 and CRT: The number 1104 is the registration number of the La Rojena distillery. There are over 300 distilleries registered by the Government of Mexico. The number tells the buyer which ditillery the tequila was produced in. CRT means the the production of the tequila was supervised by the Consego Regulador del Tequila or the Regulatory Council for Tequila.

 

TYPES OF TEQUILA -

There are four varieties of tequila:

REPOSADO - rested - unblended imports distilled in Mexico from 100 percent blue agave plants aged in wood barrels

SILVER or WHITE - All tequila comes out of the distillary in a white, crystalline liquid form. White (blanco) - no colours or flavors are added - is blended in a stainless steel tank with distilled water to bring it to drinkable alcoholic strength. Generally white tequila is produced with a lighter taste for the consumers in United States and Canada. For consumption in Mexico it is disitilled to have more "tequila flavor".

GOLD or "ORO" - Tequilla which is un-aged but takes on an amber hue color - usually caramel is added - is called gold.

ANEJO - Tequila that ages in an oak cask, resting against the wood, coloring and flavoring added for at least a year.

An article in the New York Times authored by by Eric Asimov asserts that ". . . tequila is one of the world's greatest spirits, thrillingly complex and thoroughly distinctive." The author writes that "most cheap tequila bears scant resemblance to tequila at its best"offers with cheap teqila offering only a "hint of tequila's real stature." For the article a tasting test of 21 reposados tequilas was conducted by a panel of Mr. Asimov choosing.

Top Ten Tequilas plus Partida Tequila

The Number 1 reposados tequila was judged to be El Tesoro de Don Felipe. Second best was Herradura which fell into the anejo side of the resposados tested. Corazon was judged to be the best value at $34 a bottle.

The top ten selected were:

El Tesoro de Don Felipe
Herradura
Chinaco
Casa Noble
Frida Kahlo
Coazon
Gran Centenario
Cabo Wabo
Don Julio reserva
Siembra Azul

Partida Resposado - www.partidatequila.com Not ranked among the top ten, but given special mention was Partida Resposado, a tequila the author found to be elgant and seductive. Patida's Blanco, Reposado and Anejo all received the highest recommendation in the 2005 Annual Spirit Journal Awards from Spirit Journal, a quarterly independent guide to distilled spirits, beers, and wines.

 

 MEZCAL - not tequila

In the Country of Mexico there are no worms placed in bottles of tequila. If a worm (gusano) is found in a bottle of mezcal it means that it was bottled outside of Mexico most likely in the United States. It has been suggested that worms were first placed in bottles of Mezcal to increase sales. Drinkers were falsely given to believe that the ingestion of the worm created a psychedelic effect.

There are two varieties of gusano worm in American bottled mezcal:

gusano rojo - the red worm which lives in the root and heart of the maguey - considered to be superior

gusano de oro - considered to be of lesser quality because the white/gold worm lives on the leaves

In Mexico it is a common practice for the larvae from gusano rojo and the gusano de oro to be eaten as food.

 

TEQUILA DRINKS

There are a number of ways to drink tequila

1. straight shots, shooters or slammers.

2. in a margarita with lime juice and simple sugar or instead us lime juice and triple sec or Grand Manier.

3. sipping slowly and alternately from different "caballito" glasses; one filled with Sangrita, a

bright red chili-spiced orange juice, the other tequila.

4. in Mexican coffee

5. aged añejos tequila as a "sipping whiskey"

6. in margarita jello shots for the younger set or more adventurous

 

MARGARITAVILLE jello SHOT RECIPE - Ingedients for making 8 (1/2 cup servings)

1. four cups of lime flavor Jell-o, may substitute Quick Jelly gelatin dessert.
2. 2 cups boiling water
3. 1 and 1/4 cup cold water
4. 1/2 cup Tequila
5. 1/4 cup Triple Sec

Directions - add and stir jello in boiling water 'til dissolved, add cold water, Tequila, and Triple Sec.
Place in refrigerator until set.

 

 

TEQUILA FLAVORED BEER

Tequiza is a tequila flavored beer

 

SOME TEQUILA FACTS AND HISTORY

Tequila which is made under strict government controls and supervision comes from the distilled sap of hearts [piñas] a plant called the blue agave maguey [mah-gay] plant which is member of the amaryllis (lily) family of plants. It takes between 8 to 12 years for an agave plant to reach the point of maturity where it will yield the most tequila. Tequila is made only from the blue agave plant and its manufacture is labor intensive. Blue agaves are planted and harvested by hand. The blue agave plant has the appearance of a cactus with its blue-gray sword-like leaves. It is not a member of the cacti family, however.

The name agave came from a Greek word meaning noble. To carry the name tequila it must be produced in a specific region and from a specific agave plant.There are more than 130 species of agave in Mexico, and it is the blue agave - agave tequilana weber azul - that is the only one allowed for use in tequila production.

After the agave hearts are harvested they are chopped into small bits, and cooked in ovens for several days. After removal from the ovens, the agave hearts are shredded and juiced. This liquid produced has is syrupy and golden inappearance and is called aguamiel. The aguamiel is transferred into vats and sugarcane and yeast are blended in to aid in the fermentation process. Mexican law requires that the mixture contain no less than 51% agave to be called tequila.

According to authorities first tequila producer was Jose Antonio de Cuervo. Jose Antonio first obtained a grant of property in Tequila, Mexico that included a small mezcal wine factory.

Thirty-seven years later in 1795, another Cuervo family member, is given exclusive permission by the King of Spain to commercially produce mezcal vino de tequila. tequila. The brand of Cuervo Tequila has been made in the town of Tequila, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico since that time. Cuervo now produces, sells, and exports more tequila than any other entity. More than one million cases were exported to the US in 1986.

A1899 a census shows that Cuevo is one of 39 tequila distillers in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Almost half of tequila producers Jalisco are located in the town of Tequila.

As a result of the War for Texas Independence, citizens of the US are introduced to tequila. Tequila "mezcal wine" is first exported to the US in 1873 and by 1893 at the Chicago World's fair " Mezcal brandy from Tequila" is awarded a prize. 

 

MARGARITAVILLE AND BUFFETT LINKS
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville  

BuffettNews.com

The Buffett Zone

Jimmy's iMusic.com Biography

Tequilaville

 

JIMMY BUFFETT PRODUCTS

 

 Meet Me In Margaritaville: The Ultimate Collection by Jimmy Buffett
 

 

Click on Jimmy's Albumn cover above and you will be able listen to song samples of Margaritaville, Migration, Growing Older But Not, Holiday (Live/New Recording) Up, and Come Monday

Editorial Reviews : Amazon.com

Jimmy Buffett may have made his millions, but that doesn't mean that he has eased up on his workload. After releasing 33 albums, mounting grueling annual tours, and fashioning an entire industry and lifestyle out of his signature song "Margaritaville," Buffett trots out this two-CD collection. Yet, Meet Me in Magaritaville, which spans 30 years, isn't merely a retread of his long, storied career. Buffett has written two new songs for the package and re-recorded six alternative versions of fan favorites (including a moving version of "The Captain and the Kid," which he included for his ailing father, who died shortly after the album's release). He's also added two new cover songs--a spicy bossa nova version of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talking" and the Beach Boys' "Sail on Sailor"--as well four live tracks, which shows the singer at his best, conjuring up his own Yuppie Atlantis, an idyllic place where no one has to wear shoes, the sun is always shining, the bar never closes, and Junior Mints are always available at every cinema. A must-have collection for every Parrothead (or aspiring Parrothead), if only for Buffett's track-by-track descriptions. --Jaan Uhelszki

 

 
 
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