9/10: The Final Hours – A Cocktail at the End of the World

The Greatest Bar in the World — one of two bars at fabled World Trade Center restaurant Windows on the World. To those who worked and drank there, this was unquestionably more than just its name.  George Delgado, head bartender on September 10, 2001, was teaching what would be the last of his popular Mixology classes. The nighttime sky had just cleared after a drenching thunderstorm, revealing a glistening view of lights for miles in every direction.  “It was so special of an evening, I ended up staying after the seminar,” he recalls, buying a round of champagne and enjoying the evening with some of his Mixology students.

The night’s class focused primarily on tequila-based cocktails.  The last drink of that night’s demonstration was called “La Rumba” a glowing, frothy pale-green concoction of Tequila and tropical fruit juices.

9/11: The Final Hours, on tonight at 8P ET,  poignantly begins and ends with that final cocktail. George Delgado, alive and well today and still plying his trade, demonstrates how to make the last drink served in the last Mixology class he taught on the last night of existence of Windows on the World.


The tasting menu from head bartender George Delgado's last Mixology class, given the evening of September 10, 2001.
The tasting menu from head bartender George Delgado’s last Mixology class, given the evening of September 10, 2001.

Here is the recipe for “La Rumba”…


  • 1 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz Cachaca
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup



  1. The first step to making a “La Rumba” is to chill a stemmed cocktail glass.
  2. Next, moisten the rim with a lime section and dip the glass into a shallow plate of coconut sugar to coat it.
  3. Place ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into the prepared glass.
  4. Garnish with lime.


There is no denying that drinking this cocktail after knowing its story would be, for most people, a poignant, perhaps even disconcerting affair.  Of course, if you choose to try it, please drink responsibly… and take a moment to remember.

9/10: The Final Hours, airs tonight at 8P ET.  You can see a preview below, in which George Delgado recounts his final Mixology class.




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    las vegas nevada
    September 11, 2014, 12:38 pm

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