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.


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


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.

Orange You Thankful

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





Two Tequila Cocktails For Your Next Beach Trip

Is National Tequila Day over?? Yes. However, it TEQUILA SEASON!!! We should not only sip responsibly but, also accordingly. Summer cocktails are about what’s in season. Well, all cocktails should be about what’s in season. During the warmer months, we want light and refreshing cocktails. This is when I like to bring in fresh fruits, herbs, tinctures and bitters. And, Tequila. Of course. How about a nice Reposado? The aged agave spirit is so versatile. You get the warmth and depth of a good aged spirit without losing the bright and crisp notes of agave.

For today’s cocktails, I’ll be using Hornitos Reposado Tequila. It’s versatile, wonderful served neat and holds it’s own in cocktails. For this particular post, I’m blogging from the beach. Oh yes. The beach! On the road from North Carolina to South Carolina, there’s all kinds of fresh produce on the roadside from local farmers. We probably passed 2 million watermelons and 4 million peaches. So, what do I pick up on the way? Rainier Cherries, Cilantro (the non-infected variety) and Pineapple. Duh. I’ve got my Hornitos and I’m ready to cocktail by the pool/beach!

Cherry Blossom:

2oz. Hornitos Reposado Tequila

3/4oz. Lillet Blanc

3/4oz. Lemon Juice

1/4oz. Agave Nectar

3 Rainier Cherries

*Muddle pitted cherries in your cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a cherry and enjoy.


We’re about to smash and shake it up with this next cocktail. Smash cocktails are some of my favorites. I kind of have a thing for crushed ice. Smashes are typically made with Bourbon or Whiskey but, we make our own rules around here…

Pineapple Cilantro Smash:

2oz. Hornitos Reposado Tequila

2oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice

1oz. Lime Juice

1/4oz. Agave Nectar

Hefty Pinch of Cilantro

3 Dashes Jalapeño Tincture [Or a muddled jalapeño ring if you’d like]

*Tear some cilantro off the bunch (stems and all if you’d like) and muddle in your cocktail shaker to release the flavors. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Give the mix a hard shake and strain into a rocks glass. Fill with crushed ice and garnish with cilantro.


A fresh cocktail like this puts fish tacos on the brain. Enjoy the rest of Tequila Season with Hornitos Reposado Tequila!!




Celebrate National Tequila Day!!


There are so many holidays but, are there any more important than National Tequila Day? The wonderful agave spirit is one of a kind. The holiday is falling on the weekend this year (everyone counts Friday as the weekend, right?) so you should seek the best tequila you can find. Today we’re shaking and stirring things up with Avion Tequila. I have two simple and delightful cocktails to get your celebratory weekend started!

First thing you might want to do is put the Margarita down. I know, nothing beats a good margarita. Let’s think outside of the box a little here. I love a good margarita but, there’s so much more that tequila can offer. Because tequila and lime were made for each other, I guess we could say the first cocktail has roots in the margarita. Some mint, a little Absinthe, let’s get this part started!! (Was that too corny? Should I have said Fiesta?)

Mint Daisy:

2oz. Avion Silver Tequila

1oz. Simple Syrup [1:1 sugar to water]

1oz. Lime Juice

3 Dashes Citrus Bitters [Such as Hella Bitters]

3 Mint Leaves


*Start by rinsing your coupe glass with Absinthe and place in the freezer to chill. Muddle mint leaves in your shaker. Add all remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and double strain into chilled cocktail coupe. Garnish with mint sprig.

**If you want to make a mint simple syrup, that will work just as well!



Next up is the rested old fashioned. We’re using two aged tequilas from Avion; the Añejo and Reposado. A good tequila should be sipped and can be easily enhanced. And, that’s all we’re doing here. Adding bitters and agave nectar.

Rested Old Fashioned:

1oz. Avion Añejo Tequila

1oz. Avion Reposado Tequila

1 Barspoon Agave Nectar

3 Dashes Orange Bitters [Or bitters of your choice]

*Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir without ice to incorporate agave nectar. Add ice and stir to chill. Garnish with a lime wheel.



Cheers! Enjoy celebrating National Tequila Day all weekend long with Avion Tequila!


The World’s Most Expensive [Tasting] Flight

Are you looking for the perfect bespoke travel experience? The world’s most expensive tasting flight package was launched by Avion Tequila this month. The Ultra-Premium Tequila Avion has partnered with New York Chef, Josh Capon, of El Toro Blanco to create the world’s most luxurious travel package ever! Retailing for only $500,000. You know, chump change.

The package is available for purchase until May 5, 2016 and includes the following:

  • Travel to Jalisco, Mexico via a private gulf stream jet for you and 10 friends
  • Tequila Avion founder, Ken Austin will host you on your flight and trip
  •  Private butler for entire trip, on call 24/7
  • Private security detail to accompany group during trip
  •  Professional social media documentarian to accompany you on trip. Professional photographer to let you live up the experience without having to worry if you captured every photo.
  •  Luxury hotel accommodations for three days and two nights at one of Mexico’s most luxurious hotels: Alamandas (
  • Private fleet of luxury vehicles to transport your entourage to and from airport

You get to take 10 friends along!! You’ll need the perfect entourage (see what I did there?) for the ultimate party.


Now for the experience…

  •  Enjoy conversation and a private dinner curated by Chef Josh Capon from New York’s El Toro Blanco
  • Guests to select and harvest an agave from the Jalisco agave fields. Following the selection, choose your own barrel to age your very own, unique private small batch of Anejo that will be shipped to you in 2+ years
  • Leave the distillery with a customized bottle of never-released tequila from Ken Austin’s personal stash
  • Exclusive cocktail hour, tequila tasting with Ken Austin and Master Distiller, Alejandro Lopez and his family, at their private compound


Your own selected agave, private small batch Añejo and a customized, never-released bottle of Tequila! A tasting doesn’t get any better than this. I have 10 friends on speed-dial that I’d love to take!

You can purchase the package directly on the site. Safe travels friends. ¡Salud!


Spirit Review: Tequila Avion

Summer might be gone but tequila is here to stay. You might want to step up your tequila game this season. While most are moving on to the hard water, let’s not forget about other aged spirits. Reposado anyone? Aged tequilas are open to a variety of flavors cocktail wise and great sipped on the rocks or neat. The most important factor in choosing the perfect tequila? The awards? No. The bottle or labeling? No. It’s all about the taste! We all have to kiss a few frogs. But, I’m here to tell you, start with Tequila Avion.DSC_4183

Tequila Avion is produced from slow roasted blue weber agave giving the spirit a bright, crisp, floral and fruit note. Roasting the agave at low temperatures gives Tequila a distinct flavor profile and conserves the natural flavor of the blue agave. This Reposado is aged six months in oak barrels. Through barrel resting the spirit obtains a light golden hue. What surprised me about the flavor of this Reposado is the brightness. It’s as crisp, vegetal and floral as a silver or blanco tequila with the characteristics of a barrel aged spirit. It sips well on the rocks.




The aroma is warm, smooth and of agave. The bottle itself screams premium. With a cork top and thick glass, more so at the bottom where there’s an etching of an agave plant with wings, Tequila Avion pays attention to detail. Both in branding and taste. It’s cocktail time! Outside of sipping this premium tequila on the rocks, Tequila Avion mixes well in cocktails.

Hecho en Jalisco:

2oz. Tequila Avion Reposado

3/4oz. Pineapple Juice

3/4oz. Cocchi Americano [Or Lillet Blanc]

1/4oz. Lime Juice

1/4oz. Simple Syrup [Or Agave]

2 Dashes Chocolate Bitters

*Add all ingredients to shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and double strain into coupe glass (or over fresh ice). Garnish with lime twist. Cheers!






A sample of Tequila Avion was provided for this post. All opinions and pictures are my own. Cheers.



Cranberry Margarita

No, this isn’t that flavored (malt liquor) margarita that comes in a can. This is the real thing! And, it’s the best cranberry margarita you’ll ever have. It’s just good. Nothing fancy or complex, just good. Make a big batch of this margarita for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. Even if you’ll be celebrating on a Monday.

For Cranberry Syrup:

1 Cup Unsweetened Cranberry Juice

1 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup Water

Add the cranberry juice to your pot. Reduce by half and add sugar and water. Heat long enough to dissolve sugar and remove from heat. Let cool and bottle. This makes the best cranberry syrup ever!


What’s better than a spicy margarita? I’m sure you’ve seen all types. This one has a little kick. Remember Veruca Salt? Somehow, I still have some of the serrano infused reposado tequila. We’ll be using it here. You know, to get rid of it.


For Cranberry Margarita:

1oz. Cranberry Syrup [See note above]

1/2oz. Lime Juice [Fresh]

1 1/2oz. Serrano Infused Reposado Tequila

2 Dashes Orange Bitters [Optional]

*Add all ingredients to shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into coupe glass or over fresh rocks. Garnish with lime wheel. Cheers!



Veruca Salt

No relation to the character in the classic 70’s  film, only a reference to the actual salt in the drink. Well…maybe her name was some inspiration. This refreshing grapefruit cocktail is topped with Maldon Salt. Finishing the cocktail with salt adds a dimension of flavor that simply rimming your glass can’t do. The drink changes from the first sip to the last as the salt blends with the other flavors while still being well balanced. This drink is everything you need for a warm day with fresh grapefruit juice and something you can have in the cold with it’s undertones of serrano pepper.




Spice and grapefruit are close friends. They work together so well in a margarita style cocktail. It’s quite rewarding to the drinker. The reposado tequila used in this recipe is a quick infusion with one serrano pepper. I let the pepper sit in the tequila for about 30 minutes. I didn’t want the pepper infusion to be too strong and over power the grapefruit flavor.



After the infusion is done, everything is smooth sailing. This drink is essentially a spiced up grapefruit margarita with a dash of bitters and salt. It’s pretty easy to make and even easier to sip. So, light up the grill, fight the cold and snow and enjoy. Cheers!



Veruca Salt

2oz. Grapefruit Juice [Fresh]

1/4oz. Lime Juice [Fresh]

1/4oz. Rich Simple Syrup

1/2-3/4oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec

1 1/2oz. Serrano Infused Reposado Tequila

2 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters [Optional]

Maldon Salt


*Add all ingredients to shaker and top with ice. Shake for 30 seconds and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a large grapefruit peel and sprinkle with Maldon Salt or other coarse Sea Salt.

*The infusion is one serrano pepper split with seeds and one cup of tequila.

*The Rich Simple Syrup is 2 parts sugar to 1 part water. 2:1.