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NATIONAL TEQUILA DAY!

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July 24th is National Tequila Day, so grab a lime and the salt to celebrate!

National Tequila day is a day dedicated to celebrating the amazing spirit and comes up on July 24th every year.

Tequila is made from the blue agave plants and has a rich history almost as wonderful as it tastes. Named after the small town of Tequila in a valley west of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico the spirit was known as mezcal wine about the time the conquistadors came to the continent.

Made from the blue agave plant, tequila has a deep and storied history. Named after the small town of Tequila in a valley west of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico, the spirit was known as mezcal wine about the time the conquistadors came to the American continent.

Many names on labels today were the very first commercial producers of tequila. Jose Antonio Cuervo held the first license for manufacturing tequila, courtesy of the King of Spain. He was friends with Don Cenobio Sauza and Félix López, also producers of tequila, whose businesses continue in some form today.

Agave (the plant that tequila is made from) grows in a variety of forms.  Blue agave is grown in the highlands region, and is larger in size and sweeter in aroma and taste.  Agave grown in the lowland regions have a more herbaceous fragrance and flavour. Like similar legislation for bourbon and cognac, Mexican law states tequila is only tequila if it is produced within Jalisco and limited regions in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas.  If the same ingredients are distilled anywhere else, it’s not tequila. So if it is produced anywhere else, it’s not tequila.

While most people enjoy tequila cocktails such as the margarita , tequila sunrise and mojito, a good tequila can be savoured like a good whiskey. Tequila is a great drink and can be enjoyed in so many different ways, so make sure you have at least a shot of tequila to celebrate!

 

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Celebrate National Tequila Day with these Classic Cocktails

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1. The Perfect Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • lime wedge and course salt for garnish

Process:

  • Cut a slit in a lime wedge and sliding it around the rim of your glass.
  • Next, dip the rim in the coarse salt.
  • Add all the ingredients to a shaker full of ice.
  • Give it an extra hard shake for a full 10 seconds so that your margarita is frothy and icy-cold.
  •  Strain over ice into your salt-rimmed rocks glass, garnish with a lime wedge.

2. Rosemary Bloody Maria

Ingredients:

  • bloody mary mix
  • fresh rosemary
  • lime
  • 1-2 ounces tequila
  • worcestershire sauce
  • sea salt

Process:

  • Fill the glass halfway with bloody mary mix.
  • Add 1 ounce tequila for a mild cocktail or 2 ounces for a stronger version.
  • Squeeze the juice of half a lime into the drink and save a slice for garnish.
  • Add 1/2 a teaspoon worcestershire sauce.
  • Stir all ingredients together, top off with ice and more bloody mary mix if needed.

3. Spicy Rosemary Rhubarb Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/3 cup rhubarb syrup
  • 2/3 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1 cup ice
  • Sea salt, for rimming the glass
  • (4) 1-inch pieces of rhubarb, optional garnish
  • (4) 2-inch long sprigs of rosemary, optional garnish

Process:

  • Dip the rims 1/4 inch deep into a shallow bowl of water.
  • Then dip them into a shallow plate filled with the sea salt so that the salt sticks to the rim of the glasses.
  • Blend together all of the ingredients (except the sea salt) in a blender until the desired consistency is reached,
  • then pour into the serving glasses.
  • Garnish the rim of each glass with a rhubarb wedge rolled in sea salt and lay a sprig of rosemary across the top of each margarita. Serve and enjoy!

4. Fresh Cranberry Ginger Vanilla Margaritas

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 ounces fresh cranberry juice
  • 2 1/2 ounces vanilla ginger syrup
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounces Grand Marnier
  • 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
  • salt for glass rimming
  • limes for garnish and sugared cranberries to pop in drinks

Process:

  • Rim the ridge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in margarita salt.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grand marnier, simple syrup and lime juice with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds.
  • Pour over ice and squeeze in lime slices.

5. A Paloma

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup club soda
  • ¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Small plate with sugar
  • Grapefruit wedge

Process:

  • Sprinkle sugar on a small plate, cut grapefruit in half, rubbing outer edge of cocktail glass on grapefruit to wet, rub rim of glass in sugar.
  • In your cocktail glass combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, and sugar, mixing until sugar dissolves.
  • Add tequila, club soda, and ice.
  • Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit and enjoy!

6. Blood Orange Margaritas

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounces tequila (silver or gold, based on your preference)
  • 1 ounce grand mariner
  • 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces blood orange juice (about 1-2 oranges)
  • salt for the rim
  • lime/orange wedges for garnish

Process:

  • Rim the ridge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in margarita salt.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grand marnier, simple syrup, blood orange and lime juice with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds.
  • Pour over ice and squeeze in lemon and orange slices.

7.  Strawberry Sriracha Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau (or other orange flavored liquor)
  • 1 tbs agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp Sriracha
  • 2 cups ice

Process:

  • Add all ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a sugar rimmed margarita glass.

8. Cucumber Citrus Skinny Margarita

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Ingredients:

  • 5 Slices of cucumber
  • 5 Mint leaves
  • 2 Orange citrus wedges
  • 0.75 Ounce lime juice
  • 0.5 Ounce simple syrup
  • 0.75 Ounce triple sec
  • 1.5 Ounce Ixa Organic Silver Tequila

Process:

  • Add all the ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend properly.
  • Fill glass with ice.
  • Add tequila.
  • Pour into ice.

9. Spicy Watermelon Margarita

 

Spicy Watermelon Margarita | www.drinks.ngIngredients:

  • 1 1Ž4 oz. Arta Silver Tequila
  • 3 oz. Master of Mixes Margarita Mix
  • 1 oz. Master of Mixes Watermelon Daiquiri/Margarita Mix
  • 3-4 dashes hot sauce (to taste)

Process:

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice.
  • Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish and serve.

10. Spicy Tequila Sunrise

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½-inch slice jalapeño pepper, with seeds
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. (1 Tbsp.) Agave In The Raw®
  • 1 ½ oz. silver tequila (100 percent blue agave)
  • 4 oz. fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 oz. Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 orange slice, for garnish
  • ¼-inch jalapeno slices, for garnish
  • ice
  • club soda, optional

Process:

  • In cocktail shaker or glass, muddle the jalapeno and lime.
  • Add the agave, tequila, and orange juice. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake just to chill.
    Pour the pomegranate juice into a tall glass.
  • Fill glass 3/4 with ice cubes.
  • Gently strain the Spice Sunrise into the glass.
  • Garnish with the orange and jalapeño slice.