Wednesday, July 24th is National Tequila Day. Is there anything that goes together better than a fresh made tequila concoction and a beach view? That’s why for us, we don’t need much convincing to celebrate one of our favorite holidays. But if you’re looking for an excuse, here’s a guide on all things tequila, as well as some of our favorite recipes to give a whirl.
How Tequila’s Made:
Tequila is made from the blue agave plant and must be properly harvested to get smooth, 100% blue agave tequila, perfect for making margaritas. Originating in the hills of Jalisco, Mexico, tequila is produced by removing the heart or “piña” of the blue agave plant after 12 years of harvesting. It’s then heated to remove the sap, fermented and distilled. Tequila can then be bottled and served after its distillery, or aged further to achieve more robust, unique flavors. The three main types of tequila are:
- Blanco is clear, un-aged tequila bottled right after being distilled and perfect for mixing into your favorite tequila concoctions.
- Reposado, meaning, “rested,” is aged in wood barrels for up to one year and carries a balance of the sweetness of tequila and wood or oak of the barrels it soaks in. It’s often used to sip on or mix into cocktails.
- Añejo tequilas are aged from one to three years, darkened to an amber color with rich, smooth, complex flavors and made for slow sipping.
There is also nectar that is derived from the blue agave plant. Referred to as “agave nectar,” you’ll often times see a margarita recipe that calls for this natural, honey-like syrup. After you have your first taste, you’ll understand why it’s the ideal companion to the perfect margarita recipe.
Cheap Caribbean's Favorite Drinks:
Now that you can consider yourself a tequila aficionado, it’s time to get to the bar and start mixing. Our first must-taste recipe is a Tequila Bramble Cocktail.
- 5 blackberries
- ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
- ½ ounce agave nectar
- ½ ounce crème de mure
- 1 ½ ounces Milagro silver tequila
How to mix:
- In a rocks glass, muddle blackberries with lime juice.
- Fill the glass with crushed ice; add the rest of the ingredients.
- Enjoy and say “ahh!”
Next, let us suggest something with a little kick for those of you wanting to try something that sizzles – Peña Picante.
- 1 ½ ounces Don Julio® Añejo Tequila
- 1 ½ ounces pineapple juice
- a few squeezes of lime
- a splash of habanero lime syrup
- ¼ ounces of simple syrup
How to mix:
- Combine all the ingredients in a shaker glass with ice.
- Shake well and strain into an ice filled pint glass.
- Garnish with chili salt and pineapple.
- Relax and take a big gulp!
The final favorite of ours is the epitome of National Tequila Day and while we love to celebrate this holiday and drink – Ultimate Agave Margarita.
- 1 ounce Don Julio® Reposado Tequila
- ½ ounce Grand Marnier®
- 1 ½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 teaspoon of agave nectar
- 1 lime wheel
How to mix:
- Add agave nectar, lime juice, Grand Marnier & Don Julio tequila.
- Shake with ice and strain into an ice filled margarita glass.
- Garnish with salt and a lime wheel.
- Sit back and sip!
So as National Tequila Day approaches, we’re looking forward to kicking back, mixing up a few of these delicious cocktails and paying tribute to a spirit that has so easily defined the Caribbean & Mexico. While you’d probably agree that the ideal way to celebrate this holiday is to enjoy one of these concoctions beachside with a sunset straight ahead, we’ll settle for a toast to the tequila gods no matter where you may be. So grab a glass and let’s celebrate. Cheers!
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