For some folks, summer isn’t official until they’ve sipped their first margarita of the season. Unfortunately, for many the margarita stops at frozen and a bloke named Jose.

Photographer Karl Petzke pushes beyond an average understanding of the liquor in a new book, Tequila: Myth, Magic & Spirited Recipes. He explores the rich cultural history of the agave plant and its distilled juice. How it’s made and tasted are discussed in depth. And, to top it off, Petzke provides recipes common and surprising that allow tequila to lift the spirit of several dishes.

Available from Chronicle.

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