Casino Cocktail Friday -- Let It Ride With Tequila
Its Friday yet again, and the time has come to raise a toast to a combination of game and garnish, the casino cocktail.
This week we are daring you to Let It Ride with a tequila in your hand. You can take it as a margarita, a tequila sunrise, or you can ask for some top-shelf to sip on, but either way you are pushing your luck each time you take a quaff. Before long, you know that tequila will let out the wild side in you, and what better game to play as you test the boundaries of good fortune then Let It Ride.
Let It Ride is a game that looks a bit like poker, but its just you and the cards in this game. Each bet you are asked wether you should "let it ride" or pull back your bet like some kind of coward. Starting to sound like everytime you have a certain drink? Our point exactly. Read on to learn more about Let It Ride, and some delicious Tequila.
Top Shelf Margarita
1/2 oz Cointreau orange liqueur
1/2 oz Grand Marnier orange liqueur
2 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix
1 oz lime juice
1 1/2 oz tequila
2 oz tequila
2 dashes grenadine syrup
Yep, today is not so much about one cocktail that you can make with Tequila, its about the liquor itself. Tequila is the kind of liquor that gets you to push it to see how far you can go. Wether its going shot for shot with a friend, or sipping a nice slow margarita, tequila slowly brings out the animal in you. You are enjoying a cocktail one minute, and the next you are a party animal, with the fire of tequila burning deep within you.
Much like how you take your chances of unleashign the tequila animal, Let It Ride is a game where you continue to push your luck to see how well you fare. Here's a quick look at the rules as outlined from the Wizard of Odds:
Play in Let it Ride starts with each player making three bets of equal size. Then the dealer gives every player three cards, and two community cards are placed face down. After seeing their first three cards each player has the choice to take one of their three bets back or to "let it ride" and leave it out. Then the dealer turns over one of the two community cards. Each player then has the option to pull out another bet or "let it ride." The player may leave their bet in or take it out the second time regardless of their first decision. Finally the second community card is flipped and the players are paid according to one of the following five pay tables.
So there you have it, 5 card stud Poker, only.. no other players but your own hand. You are simply betting that you will draw a particular combination cards to make a hand. And of course, all the really good hands you can only make with all five cards, so you will have to "let it ride" to see if you have pulled it out.
So as you settle down in that chair (or perhaps you're stading on your tip-toes now) you order yourself a fine top shelf tequila cocktail. You probably start with a margarita, and you more than likely end up with Long Beach iced tea, but no matter how you do it, you will most deffinitely enjoy the ride from calm, cool, collected gamer, to the most brazen player of let it ride ever. You will fear no hand. You will not back down from any risk. Of course, you may be broke in the morning, but we guarantee you will have had a great night.
Drinks Mixer's Tequila Section
Wizard of Odds on Let it Ride
The Liquor Snob's thoughts on Tequila
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Posted by Russell Miner at October 6, 2006 9:28 AM