There is a scene in The Outsiders where Ponyboy is hanging out at the playground and gets into an insult contest with some Socs. Bob the Soc says, “You guys know what Greasers are? White trash with long, greasy hair.” Then Ponyboy retorts, “You know what a Soc is? White trash with Mustangs and matches.” When I first saw that scene I had some concerns. The first was that those guys need to work on their insults if they want to intimidate people. The related second concern was that I didn’t understand what was the big deal about having matches. Were the Greasers anti-smoking? Did they rock Zippo lighters? Maybe saying someone had matches was a real burn in 1965. Matches = burn. Get it? I slay me.
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It wasn’t until much later that I found out that I had the quote all wrong. What Ponyboy really said was “Mustangs and madras.” Oooooh! That makes a lot more sense than matches. It still isn’t much of an insult though. I would think the Socs would take it as a complement. “Why yes, isn’t this plaid jacket the bee’s knees?” Although these days a Soc wouldn’t be caught dead in a Mustang and would surely have his collar flipped up.
I don’t personally own any madras, but I have tried the Mexican Madras, a mixture of tequila, cranberry juice, orange juice, and lime juice. I can only guess it is called a Mexican Madras because the orange, red, and green fruits evoke the colorful plaid madras fabric. It has “Mexican” in the name because almost any drink with tequila gets called “Mexican”. It is a clear case of liquor profiling. Anyway, the drink was a little sweet, but very tasty. The proportions of each ingredient were such that you could taste each one individually, but none overwhelmed. All in all, it certainly would be something Socs and Greasers would agree is delicious, just like Cherry Valance.
Overall Rating for the Mexican Madras
Ease of Preparation: 4
Drinks Until Blackout: 11 – 9% Alcohol
1 oz Gold Tequila
3 oz Cranberry Juice
0.5 oz Orange Juice
Dash Lime Juice