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Celebrating National Tequila Day

July 18, 2012 By: Alissa Ponchione


A really good tequila can change someone’s life. And for spirit aficionados—those who appreciate the taste of agave and respect the Jalisco region of Mexico—tequila enhances all drinks. Its iterations—blanco, reposado and anejo—are all distinct, dancing on palates in a variety of ways and each with a special distinction. Mixing tequila with other ingredients can transform a mundane cocktail to the upper echelon of a drinking experience. With National Tequila Day right around the corner—July 24—it’s time to update your menu and honor a spirit that guests consistently crave.
 

Midnight Margarita
Courtesy of Cascal Fresh Tropical Soft Drink.

1¼ oz. tequila
¼ oz. Cointreau
¼ oz. Grand Marnier
Juice of half a small lime
2 oz. Cascal Fresh Tropical Soft Drink
Lime wedge, for garnish

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass over ice, except Cascal. Shake hard. Strain out into rocks glass filled with ice and top off with Cascal. Stir gently. Garnish with lime wedge.

 


Pineapple RepliniX
Courtesy of iX Mixer.

2 parts blanco tequila
3 parts Citrus iX Mixer
1 part pineapple juice

Moisten the rim of a rocks glass with a lime wedge. Coat the rim of the glass with sugar. Combine all ingredients over ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

 


 

Manny’s Sparkler
Created by Bacardi Portfolio Mixologist Manny Hinojosa.

1 oz. Culinary Traditions Cherry Puree, thawed
1 ½ oz. Corzo Silver Tequila
½ oz. Campari
1 ½ oz. ruby red grapefruit juice
¾ oz. agave nectar
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
Orange slice, for garnish
Fresh berries, for garnish

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice, shake and strain into a tall glass with fresh ice. Garnish with an orange slice and fresh berries.

 


 

Cabo Wabo Colada
Served at ZOCALO Restaurant in Chicago.

1½ oz. Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila

1 oz. Midori

½ oz. coconut cream

½ oz. coconut water

1 oz. limeade
Cherry, for garnish

Fill mixing glass with ice, add ingredients, shake and pour into a wine glass with coconut shavings and cherry garnish.

 


 

California Iced Tea
Courtesy of Sobieski Vodka.

½ oz. Sobieski Vodka
½ oz. gin
½ oz. rum
½ oz. tequila
½ oz. Marie Brizard Triple Sec
2 oz. grapefruit juice
Cola

Pour first six ingredients into a glass over ice and top with cola.

 


 

The Afterlife
Courtesy of Frangelico.

½ oz. Frangelico
1 ½ oz. Espolon Tequila Reposado
½ oz. lemon juice
1 oz. chile piquin-cinnamon syrup
2 dashes of Wormwood Bitters
Lemon twist, for garnish

Shake ingredients together and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lemon twist.

 


 

Celery Daiquiri
Created by Toby of Goldbrick House for The Bitter Truth Cocktail Competition in Bristol, U.K.

50 ml. Ron Barcelo Gran Anejo
25 ml. fresh lime juice
20 ml. brown sugar syrup
10 dashes of The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters
Lime rind, for garnish

Shake and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a lime rind.


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