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Event: “You Are Here: ¡Viva Tequila!” This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
When: 6 p.m., Wednesday, December 4.
Background: The University of Texas Libraries is partnering with the University of Texas Press to present an event highlighting the historic maps of Mexico’s agave-rich western region contained in the collections of the Benson Latin American Collection.
Terroir meets territory as the second installment in the Libraries’ cartography series — “You Are Here: ¡Viva Tequila!” — focuses on the crossroads of historic and contemporary culture of Mexico and its tequila.
Lucinda Hutson, author of the UT Press-published ¡Viva Tequila! Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures,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 about her travels, as well as some recipes. Attendees will have the opportunity to view historical maps of Mexico — including rare examples of hand-drawn Relaciones Geográficas from the Benson’s collections — to help place the story of tequila into geographical context.
The program will be followed by a modest tequila tasting — limited to adults over 21 with ID — provided by Dulce Vida Tequila, and Hutson will sign copies of her book. Dj t-kay (KOOP 91.7 fm/dublab.com) will provide the evening’s music.
“You Are Here: ¡Viva Tequila!” also highlights the Benson’s current exhibition “Mapping Mexican History: Territories in Dispute, Identities in Question.”
The “You Are Here” cartography series takes place four times annually and features items curated by specialists from cartography collections across The University of Texas at Austin campus.