2014 Recipe File: Tequila & Mezcal Cocktails
Mezcal and tequila are two entirely different liquors. Tequila can only be made from the blue agave in specific areas of Jalisco and Mexico; mezcal can be made from any type of agave. Regardless of their differences, tequila and mezcal cocktails often bring about thoughts of warmer weather so give your customers a little hope and wishful thinking with some of these delicious beverage recipes.
1 ½ oz. Espolon Reposado Tequila
Shake and strain into an elegant cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel studded with cloves.
Smoke and Fire
2 oz. Del Maguey Vida
Glass: Martini Muddle 1/4 in slice fresh serrano in glass. Add liquid ingredients Add ice and stir.
1 ½ oz. Tequila Avión Reposado
Muddle a fresh red pepper and a few leaves of cilantro in a cocktail shaker. Add Tequila Avión Reposado, fresh lime juice and simple syrup. Fill cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a salt rimmed cocktail glass.
Green Iced Tea
1 Numi Decaf Ginger Lemon Tea
Infuse one tea bag in Tequila for thirty minutes, then remove bag, squeezing out excess. Combine and stir ingredients. Serve on the rocks. Garnish with Lime Wedge.
Hornitos The Burgundy
1 ½ oz. Hornitos Plata Tequila
Add ingredients to a mixing glass, stir and strain over fresh ice (large cubes preferred) and garnish with orange twist.
2 oz. Patrón Silver
Shake all ingredients with ice, pour over fresh ice in rocks glass. Garnish with Watermelon Slice
2 oz. Mezcal El Silencio
Add all the ingredients except the Champagne to a shaker and muddle briefly. Fill with ice, shake for 10 seconds and strain into a coupe glass. Top with the Champagne and garnish with a lime wheel and a mint sprig.
1 ½ oz. Avión Reposado
Muddle blackberries and brown sugar in shaker. Add all ingredients and shake. Double strain and pour into a glass over ice. Garnish with 1 blackberry and a lemon wheel.
1 ½ oz. Sombra mezcal
Add the lime, agave nectar and cucumber slices to a mixing glass, then muddle. Add the rest of the ingredients, then ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of cucumber and a pinch of ground chili.
1 oz. Don Julio Blanco Tequila
Add all ingredients to mixing tin. Shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass that has a hot pink sugar rim. Taste for balance and garnish with a lime wedge.