I began my book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America with the scene of astronauts making breakfast burritos in outer space. I pulled back to reveal that flour tortillas are actually a favored food of NASA, and that researchers had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to make a tortilla that wouldn't quickly spoil during shuttle missions–AMAZING!
Now, in further proof that the ultimate plan for America is to get us out of Earth and onto Mars, scientists have made a frozen margarita in space.
Okay, so technically it wasn't astronauts who made a margarita, and technically, it wasn't even outer space. But last week, Jose Cuervo teamed up with engineers to launch weather balloons as high up in Earth as possible, with a margarita shaker filled with tequila and mix.
“Severe winds at a high altitude shook the margarita and the extreme cold at the outer edges of the Earth's atmosphere froze it,” reported Digiday. “When the capsule reached its apex–approximately 100,000 feet in the stratospheric layer — the balloons shattered and the frosty beverage parachuted back to earth.”
No word on whether Cuervo used blanco, reposado, añejo, or the latest aged-tequila gimmick. But given they were most likely the first tequila used in a margarita, kudos to them for continuing to pioneer achievements in the field of margarita-ology…or something. But the question remains: was the rim salted?