National Tequila Day
It’s National Tequila Day 2015 and to celebrate, we’re serving up a veritable treasure trove of facts and recipes to help you mark the day in appropriate fashion.
Tequila classics and new found favorites
Blood Orange Margarita
recipe courtesy of Don Julio
- 1 1/2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Blanco
- 1 ounces Blood Orange Puree
- Splash of Agave Syrup
- Splash of Fresh Lime Juice
- Thyme Sprig for garnish
- 2 Slices of Jalapeño
- Blood Orange Wedge for Garnish
Muddle jalapeño in a cocktail shaker. Add Tequila Don Julio Blanco, blood orange puree, agave syrup, fresh lime juice and ice to shaker. Shake well. Strain contents into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a blood orange wedge.
recipe courtesy of Avión Tequila
- 2 parts Avión Silver or Reposado
- 1 part Fresh Lime Juice
- ½ part Agave Nectar
Combine ingredients in shaker with ice, and shake vigorously. Fine strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Created by NYC Mixologist Angela Laino
- 2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Blanco
- 1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 ounce Simple Syrup
- 1 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
- 2 Sprigs of Cilantro
- Chipotle Powder and Sea Salt Blend 1:1
Muddle cilantro sprigs in a cocktail shaker. Add Tequila Don Julio Blanco, curry powder and fresh lime juice into the shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a rocks glass rimmed with chipotle powder and sea salt blend over ice.
recipe courtesy of Avión Tequila
- 2 oz. Tequila Avión Silver
- 1 oz. Pineapple juice
- 1/2 oz. Agave nectar
- 1/2 oz. Fresh lime juice
- 2 Jalapeños wheels
- Pineapple wedge or lime wheel for garnish
Lightly muddle jalapeño wheels and agave nectar in a shaker. Add the remaining ingredients, fill with ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a large rocks glass that has been rimmed with a mixture of chili powder and salt. Garnish with a lime wheel or pineapple wedge.
recipe courtesy of Avión Tequila
- Slice of Fresh Papaya
- 1/4 oz. Agave Nectar
- 1 1/4 oz. Avión Añejo
- 1/2 oz. Aperol
- 1/2 oz. Orange Juice
- 3/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Garnish with Fresh Papaya
Add a slice of fresh papaya and agave nectar to your mixing glass. The amount of nectar you add depends on how sweet you like your cocktails, but usually about a teaspoon will do the trick. Muddle to release the papaya flavor. Add 1 1/4 ounces of Avión Añejo, 1/2 ounce each of Aperol and orange juice. Then, top them off with 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice. Add ice and give it a good shake. Strain over ice, and garnish with a fresh slice of papaya.
recipe courtesy of Sauza® 901® Tequila
- 2 parts Sauza® 901® Tequila
- 1 part simple syrup
- 1 part fresh lemon juice
- Float: Blackberry liqueur
Combine all ingredients, excluding blackberry liqueur. Shake well. Strain and serve over crushed ice in a rocks glass. Float blackberry liqueur on top. Garnish with fresh blackberries.
Hearken back to the heydays of the 1940s and 50s, when tropical-inspired drinks were all the rage. Our service men and women were returning from the war in the Pacific, and tiki culture provided both nostalgia and an instant vacation to those trying to escape the sweltering summer heat. Tiki is showing signs of life again, and if the standard Margarita isn’t your thing, escape to the tropics with these drinks by NYC based bartender, Rob Krueger.
Loosely inspired by the classic Hurricane of Pat O’Brien’s fame, this drink won’t have you wandering around Bourbon Street in a sugar
- 1 1/2 oz 1800 Coconut
- 1/2 oz White Creme de Cacao
- 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 1/2 oz Unsweetened Passion Fruit Juice (Ceres)
For Garnish: A pinch of finely ground coffee and a slice of lime
Combine all in a shaker and shake with one cube to mix. Strain into a Hurricane Glass and fill with ice, gently swizzling to fully chill the glass. To garnish, add a pinch of ground coffee on top and slice of lime.
San Lucas Sling
This cocktail is a play on the classic “Singapore Sling.” Cabo San Lucas seemed an appropriately exotic and tropical place to reference.
recipe and image courtesy of 1800 Tequila
- 1 1/2 oz 1800 Silver
- 2 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
- 1/2 oz Benedictine
- 1/2 oz Lime Juice
- 3/4 oz Cherry Brandy
- Pineapple Leaf and Brandied Cherry
Combine all except cherry brandy in a cocktail shaker and shake well with ice. Strain into a Hurricane or Tiki Glass filled with ice. Drizzle the Cherry Heering over the top of the drink and garnish.
Go out or stay in?
There’s no better way to enjoy National Tequila Day than spending it at your favorite authentic Mexican restaurant or in a romantic, low-key, Tequila bar. If your town’s answer to ethnic food and drink doesn’t extend beyond the local Senor Taco chain, try one of the recipes below, gathered from bars and restaurants around the nation!
Summer of Love
recipe by Aidan Demarest, courtesy of BarToni’s of Los Angeles
- 1 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila
- 25 oz. Smith and Cross Rum
- .75 oz. Sherry
- .5 oz. Velvet Falernum
- .75 oz. lime juice
- .5 oz. passion fruit syrup
Shake all ingredients and pour into a frosted mug over crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
The Mexican Martini
The Mexican martini was born in the late 70’s when a bartender at Cedar Door Restaurant in Austin, was served a margarita in a martini glass on a trip to Mexico. She returned to Texas raving about the drink, and Cedar Door created its own version, adding in olives.
The Mexican martini has since become a Tex-Mex staple and the signature drink of Austin. It comes in many forms: some bartenders are certain it should be served in a shaker, while others serve the drink as a classic martini, but with tequila instead of gin or vodka. Some don’t make the drink without adding olive brine or muddling olives and peppers.
This cocktail is hard to find outside of Austin, but is featured at the newly opened authentic Tex-Mex cantina El Original in New York City. If you’d like to make this drink at home, the recipe is below.
Developed by Garrett Flanagan for El Original
- 1.5 oz. Lime Juice
- 1.5 oz. Simple Syrup
- 3 oz. Tequila
- 0.5 oz. Olive Juice
Shake with ice, pour into martini glass, garnish with olives and enjoy!
Peach Colored Glasses
Created by Meaghan Montagano, recipe and image courtesy of EXTRA FANCY, NYC
- 5 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila
- 1 oz. Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach
- .75 oz. spiced honey syrup
- .5 oz. lemon juice
- .5 oz. peach puree
- Sparkling brut rose
Shake DeLeòn Tequila, Grand Marnier, syrup, lemon and peach puree over ice and top with a splash of sparkling brut rose.
Agave Por Vida
Celebrate National Tequila Day with Toca Madera’s “off menu” specialty National Tequila Day cocktail, Agave Por Vida, created by mixologist Juan Martinez.
recipe and image courtesy of Toca Madera
- 2 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila
- Fresh Watermelon
- .5 oz. watermelon mint shrub
- .5 oz. sweetened ginger juice
- 1 oz. lime juice
- Tamarind Candy
Build cocktail in tin, throw two pieces of watermelon into tin and muddle. Add lime juice, ginger juice, watermelon- mint shrub and DeLeòn Platinum. Shake and pour into Cantarito (clay cup). Top off with more fresh ice and garnish with mint sprig and tamarind candy.
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