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Turkey Day Tequila Cocktails

Thanksgiving Day is just as much about Football as it is Turkey. I don’t know who your favorite team is and it doesn’t even matter. All that matters is that you have the right cocktail(s) in your hand on the big day. Start by putting the Bourbon down and picking up a bottle of Hornitos. But, if you must have whiskey, try the Black Barrel.

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Let’s keep it seasonal. Cranberry and Sage. Sound good? Yes! This margarita will be the perfect accompaniment to your holiday spread.

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The muddled sage in this cocktail adds a nice savory, herbal flavor to the cocktail that pairs perfectly with the sweet-tart cranberry syrup and the clean and crisp agave flavors of Hornitos Plata.

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Cranberry-Sage Margarita:

2oz. Hornitos Plata Tequila

1oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1oz. Cranberry Syrup

3-4 Sage Leaves (Muddled)

2 Dashes of Bitters (Optional, your choice)

Cranberry Syrup:

1 Cup Unsweetened Cranberry Juice

1 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup Water

Add the cranberry juice to a sauce pot. Reduce by half and add sugar and water. Heat long enough to dissolve sugar and remove from heat. Let cool and bottle.

*Muddle sage leaves in the bottom of your shaker. Add remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake your life away and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with Sage leaves.

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The next drink will get you ready for football watching post turkey. After you’re totally full, stuffed and can’t take another bite, you’ll want to curl up with this cocktail. We’re using a Pumpkin Ale that has some nice baking spice notes to compliment Hornitos Reposado.

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We’re dipping into [seasonal] Shandy territory with this cocktail. The perfect sipper for Game/Turkey Day.

Pumpkin Shandy:

2oz. Hornitos Reposado Tequila

1oz. Cinnamon Syrup (Simple syrup with 2 Cinnamon sticks)

1oz. Lemon Juice

2 Dashes Orange Bitters (Optional)

Pumpkin Ale

*Add all ingredients minus beer into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake. Strain into a pint or other beer glass and top with your favorite pumpkin ale.

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Bonus Cocktails!!!!

Hornitos Harvest:

2 Parts Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila

1 Part Pomegranate Juice

1/2 Part Lemon Juice

1/2 Part Simple Syrup

Lime Wedge

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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Orange You Thankful:

1 Part Hornitos® Spiced Honey

1 Part Orange Juice

3/4 Part Grapefruit Juice

Top With Tonic

Orange Peel

Preparation: Combine all ingredients except tonic in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously, strain over fresh ice and top with tonic. Garnish with an orange peel.

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Cheers and Happy Holidays! Be sure to enjoy Hornitos Tequila!

 

 

 

 

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End Of Summer Post Labor Day Cocktails

Okay guys, I missed Labor Day. Who’s doing work over a holiday weekend? That would be me. But, I’m still seeing Labor Day sales commercials so I think I’m still in the clear. Plus, we’ve got a good solid week before it’s officially fall and there’s still some good fruit hanging out at the farmer’s market. So, what’s the best way to end summer? Tequila of course.

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I scored some super juicy and sweet mangos from the farmer’s market. Making a cocktail with said mango was the natural progression. So we’re going totally tropical with this first cocktail to end summer with a BANG! There’s just a quick weekend infusion to get us started.

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The pineapple infused Hornitos Plata tequila only takes up to two days. But, I leave the pineapples in the tequila until it’s gone. The flavor obviously increases over time. Fruit infused spirits also allow for more than 1 application. Pineapple margaritas you say? I’ll definitely have one!

For the cocktail, we’re using the mango in a purée. It’s super simple. Remove the skin from the mango, chop it up, put the chunks in a blender with a squeeze of agave (depending on the mango’s sweetness). Blend and you’re done. Add a splash of water if necessary.

Mango Cooler:

2oz. Pineapple Infused Hornitos Plata Tequila

2oz. Mango Purée

1oz. Lime Juice

3/4oz. Agave Syrup

6 Drops Bittermens Hellfire Bitters

*Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with pineapple spears and/or lime wheels.

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Next we have Hornitos Black Barrel. The tequila for whiskey drinkers. It’s so versatile and a good bridge between summer and fall with all of it’s warm agave and spice notes.

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2oz. Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila

1 1/2oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice

1oz. Falernum

3/4oz. Lime Juice

5 Drops Bittermens Burlesque Bitters [Optional]

*Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a fizz or rocks glass filled with cracked ice. Garnish with a grapefruit twist or lime wheel.

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Cheers and enjoy Hornitos Tequila!

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Toast Mom With Hornitos Spiced Honey Tequila

Yes, you read that correctly. Spiced Honey Tequila. You haven’t had any like this before. Still keeping it clean, crisp and 100% agave, Hornitos is taking on Spring with fresh flavors. This is quite innovative for a Tequila, wouldn’t you say? Hornitos Spiced Honey has light floral notes, hints of vanilla and a nice “spiced” finish on the palate. With all of these subtleties, the agave is still present. This is a well crafted and unique take on Tequila. We see honey whiskey and spiced rum often but, Tequila? No!

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Mothers are so important to us,right? Don’t you want to cook her a nice meal? Maybe get her a nice gift. Why not hook Mom up with some  Hornitos Spiced Honey signature cocktails this weekend to celebrate her and to celebrate Spring? Here’s a few recipes to help get you started.

Mom’s Honey Tea Cooler

2 Parts Hornitos® Spiced Honey

½ Part Lemon Juice

½ Part Agave

4 Parts Black Tea

Lemon Wheel

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

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Hornitos Spiced Honey Sour

2oz. Hornitos Spiced Honey Tequila

1oz. Lemon Juice

3/4oz. Simple Syrup

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters [Optional]

1 Egg White [Optional]

*Add all ingredients to shaker. If using egg whites, dry shake (without ice) for about 25 seconds until whites are “frothy”. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into coupe or rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with thin lemon wheel.

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And, because it’s Spring, we must have a long cocktail or a “highball”. It’s only right. And, your Mom will love it!

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Hornitos Spiced Honey Highball

1 1/2oz. Hornitos Spiced Honey Tequila

1/2oz. Applejack

1/2oz. Licor 43

1oz. Lemon Juice

Ginger Beer

Aromatic Bitters

*This is a built cocktail. Fill your highball glass about half way with crushed ice. Add all ingredients minus ginger beer and bitters. Add more crushed ice and top with ginger beer and bitters. Garnish with a lemon wheel. Cheers!

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A variation of this highball is the Hotnitos “Spiced Honey Ball”.

Spiced Honey Ball

· 1 part Hornitos® Spiced Honey

· 3 parts Ginger Ale

· 2 dashes of Angostura® Bitters

Preparation: Build over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.