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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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Cocktails With The King’s Ginger

There’s Ginger Liqueur. Then, there’s The King’s Ginger. The King’s Ginger packs all of the punch and spicy flavors you’d expect from a ginger liqueur. From the name, you can probably tell it was made for a King…and the Queens too. This wonderful spirit was specially formulated for King Edward VII. Cool, right? I’d say so.

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The color is of a light golden hue and there’s an instant warming of the palate on the first sip. The spice and warmth of fresh ginger is upfront with some lingering lemony citrus notes. It’s just viscous and smooth enough for great mouthfeel and to sip on it’s own. And. of course, it’s great in cocktails. There are so many options for this spirit. Ginger is a staple cocktail ingredient. The King’s Ginger pairs well with Scotch, Whiskey, Rum, Gin and even Tequila.

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For this cocktail, we’re using Tequila and Damson Plums. (It took all of my strength not to name this drink “Damn Son”) You should still be able to find some good plums hanging around your farmer’s market if you can’t find Damson.

The King of Kings:

2oz. Tequila

1/2oz. The King’s Ginger

1/2oz. Damson Plum Syrup

1oz. Lime Juice

For Damson Plum Syrup:

3-4 Damson Plums or other Plum variety

1 Cup Sugar

1 Cup Water

Pit and cut the plums into pieces. Add to sugar and water and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 10 minutes. Let the syrup cool, strain plums and bottle.

*Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and double strain into a coupe glass or over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime twist.

**If you want less sweetness, muddle plums instead of making a syrup and use 3/4oz. of The King’s Ginger. Be sure not to use too sour of a plum!

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Bonus Cocktail:

2oz. Blended Scotch

1oz. The King’s Ginger

1oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice

1oz. Lemon Juice

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

*Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Cheers!

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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!

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.

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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.

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

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Do You Know How To Properly Taste Tequila? + Spirit Review: Blue Nectar Tequila

Do you know how to properly taste Tequila? Just grab a glass and taste, right? Maybe a little sniff and swirl here and there? Blue Nectar tequila is here to inform you of how to properly taste tequila. The proper tasting technique allows for maximum tequila pleasure. Here’s how:

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First, you must have the right glassware. Blue Nectar suggests that you put the shot glass away. This isn’t a frat party, dude. Blue Nectar says ” they will cheapen the experience.” And, when using a shot glass, you lose out on many of the rich aromas. What should you use? A champagne flute, small brandy snifter or a white wine glass. I always go for the snifters. There’s also the Ouverture Tequila Glass by Riedel, if you really want to be official.

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Now that you’ve picked out the right glassware, you’ve got to have the right tequila. I know I don’t need to mention that you should only be drinking 100% agave tequila, right? Put the mixto’s down!!! Pick up the good stuff.

The next thing you need to do is warm up your mouth, according to Blue Nectar. I like to think that my palate is somewhat refined and I know I “concentrate” on the spirit when tasting but, Blue Nectar Tequila has it down to a science. “Start by taking a tiny sip. Use your tongue to rub the tequila over the inside of your mouth. Make sure to cover the gums, tongue, inside the cheeks. Swallow, and breathe out through your mouth. Now you’re ready to taste.” This is exactly what I did when tasting Blue Nectar. It really makes a difference.

Savor the aroma. Unlike sampling wine, you should only take three small sniffs of tequila. The first sniff without swirling, and the second, while swirling to release the aromas.

Taste it slowly. When you take your small sips, let your palate get used to the tequila and breathe in through your nose. Swallow and exhale.

Define the taste. Much like wine, tequila can be defined by it’s region. For the real tequila buffs, you probably already know that Highland agaves grow at a higher elevation in red, iron-rich soils and tend to be larger. These tequilas lend a fruity, sweet-citrus note. In the Lowlands, the agave plants grow in drier, volcanic soils and tend to be smaller. These tequilas have more mineral, pepper, herbaceous and earthy notes. Blue Nectar is an estate-grown, Lowland tequila.

Last but not least, be sure to cleanse your palate. Between sips of tequila, have a taste of sangrita or water on hand. Especially when tasting between the different ages of tequila.

Blue Nectar Silver is triple distilled and agave forward. These are my favorite types. Really clean, crisp flavors. Really smooth, and an easy sipper on it’s own, Blue Nectar stands out in any cocktail

The Reposado is twice distilled. Aged 6-8 months in charred American oak barrels, this expression from Blue Nectar is rich and super smooth. The tasting notes are of oak, vanilla, roasted agave with a bittersweet finish on the palate.

The Special Reserve is just what it says. Truly a special tequila. It’s unlike any Añejo I’ve ever tasted. It’s lightly sweet on the palate with a nice warmth and a spicy finish. I don’t suggest making any cocktails with this expression. It’s perfect on it’s own, sipped slowly.

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Now for a couple of cocktails. That is why you’re here after all. It’s time to take advantage of some fresh summer berries. This is a simple cocktail, open to your interpretation.

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Raspberry Smash:

2oz. Blue Nectar Silver Tequila

1oz. Raspberry Syrup

1oz. Lime Juice

3-5 Raspberries

2 Dashes Jalapeño Tincture [Or muddled Jalapeño rings]

*Muddle raspberries and jalapeño ring (if not using Tincture) in cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and double strain into rocks glass over fresh [crushed] ice. Garnish with fresh raspberries, jalapeño and lime wheels.

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Summer Soiree:

1 1/2oz. Blue Nectar Reposado Tequila

3/4oz. Apricot Liqueur

3/4oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice

1/2oz. Lime Juice

1/4oz. Simple Syrup

2 Dashes Orange Bitters [Such as Hella Bitters]

*Add all ingredients to shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. Cheers!

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Toast to summer with Blue Nectar Tequila, ¡Salud!

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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 (http://alamandas.com/)
  • 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.

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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!

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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.

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8 Cocktails For Your Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Cinco de Mayo is falling on a Tuesday this year. And, of course, the preceding weekend is the Kentucky Derby. But! It’s tequila season!!! Don’t let a Tuesday get in the way of your Cinco de Mayo celebrations. I have 8 cocktails for you to make over the weekend, to incorporate into your happy hour at home and beyond. You should be making these cocktails all spring with fresh ingredients and a fine Tequila live Avion. These Reposado cocktails will carry you into the summer.

First up is the Thai Basil Smash, Really simple to make with subtle complexities. The Absinthe and Basil pair really will in the cocktail together.

Thai Basil Smash:

2oz. Avion Reposado Tequila [Or Avion Silver]

1oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1oz. Simple Syrup

1 Barspoon Absinthe

4 or 5 Large Thai Basil Leaves

*Muddle basil in your shaker tin. Add remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a small Thai Basil Bouquet.

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This next cocktails is for the big kids. We’re not messing around here. Just sweet enough, smokey and slightly bitter.

Smoke & Fire:

2oz. Avion Reposado Tequila

1oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice

1/2oz. Lime Juice

1/2oz. Agave Syrup

1/2oz. Campari

2 Dashes Jalapeño Tincture

1 Pinch Maldon Salt [Or other flakey sea salt]

Smoked Paprika

*Add all ingredients to shaker minus paprika. Fill with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist and a few shakes of smoked paprika.

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**For the jalapeño tincture, place 1 split pepper (with seeds) in to 1 cup of vodka. Let sit for 1 week. Remove pepper after a week and place the tincture into a bottle with a dasher/dropper.

Tiki Margarita:

2oz. Avion Reposado Tequila

3/4oz. Orgeat

3/4oz. Fresh Lime Juice

*Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lime twist.

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Border Frappe

Created by NYC mixologist Esteban Ordóñez

2 oz. Tequila Avión Silver

3/4 oz. Lime juice

1 tbsp. Black currant jam

Blackberry and lime wheel for garnish

Combine all ingredients in an ice filled shaker, shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a Collins or highball glass. Garnish with blackberry and a lime wheel.

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Mile High
Created by NYC mixologist Esteban Ordóñez
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.

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Avión (PO) Loma
Created by Mixologist Justin Dano of Pounds and Ounces in New York City
1.5 oz. Avión Silver
1/2 oz. Lime Juice
1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
3 oz. Grapefruit Juice
2 Slivers Muddled Jalapeño
Soda Water
Ancho Chile Salt, Jalapeño, and Grilled Lemon Wedge for garnish

Combine all ingredients and shake. Salt rim of glass with chile salt. Pour contents of shaker into glass and top with soda. Garnish with grilled lemon and jalapeño.

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Spicy Sage Margarita
Created by Mixologist Justin Dano of Pounds and Ounces in New York City
2 oz. Avión Silver
3/4 oz. Jalapeño-Infused Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 oz. Orange Juice
1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Lime Juice
3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
3 Sage Leaves
1 Sage Leaf and Salt for garnish

Muddle sage in a shaker. Add all ingredients. Shake. Double strain. Pour over ice in salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with sage leaf.

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Avión Paloma
Created by Tequila Avión
2 oz. Tequila Avión Silver
1 oz. Grapefruit juice
1/2 oz. Fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. Simple syrup
Splash of club soda
Grapefruit slice for garnish

Build ingredients over ice in a Collins glass and stir to chill. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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Enjoy these cocktails for your Cinco de Mayo celebration and all the way through Spring. Cheers!

 

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How Well Do You Know Your Orange Liqueur?

Orange liqueur. We all know it well, But, how well do you know Mandarine Napoléon? Mandarine Napoléon is comprised of the finest mandarine oranges and 10 year old aged cognac. As you may be guessing, Mandarine Napoléon does refer to Napoléon Bonaparte. The orange liqueur was custom made for Napoléon by chemist Antoine-Francois de Fourcroy and not released to the public until after both of their deaths. This spirit is very unique. Not only because it’s the perfect blend of mandarines and cognac, but also because of it’s hue. Most distilled orange liqueurs are clear in color. Mandarine has an “aged” amber tone with hints of orange. Mandarine is distilled in Belgium where it was created in Arnold Holstein pot stills. Just a “stones throw away” from where Napoléon was defeated. Oh the irony! Enough about the history, how does it taste?

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As we’ve already noted, the color is an amber tone with hints of orange. Mandarine is surprisingly quiet on the nose but there are hints of fresh mandarine oranges. The aroma isn’t bright and crisp but rather suddle and smooth with hints of  spice. On the palate, Mandarine is smooth and sweet with a burst of orange up front followed by spice and even a tinge of licorice. At 76 proof, Mandarine is an easy sipper over ice.

For the first cocktail, I wanted to play on the spice notes found in Mandarine Napoléon. Mixing spiced rum and scotch we have the Emporer cocktail.

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1oz. Spiced Rum

1oz. Scotch

3/4oz. Mandarine Napoléon Orange Liqueur

1 Dash Angostura Bitters

*Add all ingredients to mixing glass and stir until chilled. Strain into coupe glass and garnish with an orange twist.

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Aged Margarita:

2 1/2oz. Anejo Tequila

1 1/2oz. Mandarine Napoléon Orange Liqueur

1oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1/4oz. Agave Syrup

*Add all ingredients to shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into double rocks glass over fresh ice.

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The Perfect Sidecar:

2oz. Cognac

1oz. Mandarine Napoléon Orange Liqueur

1oz. Lemon Juice

*Add all contents to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and double strain into coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

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Cheers!

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Spring Cocktails With Sauza 901 Tequila

We did it! We’ve braved another winter full of snow, those of us from the midwest to the eastcoast. You know what you deserve now, no matter where you are? You deserve some new fresh cocktails with Sauza 901 Tequila. That’s right. Justin Timberlake has a tequila and, it’s pretty great. I first tried the triple distilled, 100% agave tequila a couple of years ago and it’s just as good as I remember. Sauza 901 is super smooth and packs a huge agave punch. Exactly what you want from a good tequila. Black pepper, citrus and spice are the notes that you’ll find in Sauza 901. Truly a fine tequila and an easy sipper. Tequila season, aka “Spring” is [officially] only a few days away!! Let’s celebrate appropriately with some fresh cocktails.

Che Sauza 901:

· 2 parts Sauza® 901® Tequila

· 2 parts simple syrup

· 1 part fresh lime juice

· 3 mint sprigs

· ½ lime, cut into wedges

· Splash of soda water

Preparation: Muddle two mint sprigs and lime in a mixing glass and then combine all ingredients, excluding soda water. Shake well. Strain into a highball glass with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Nueva Yorker:
· 3 parts Sauza® 901® Tequila

· 2 parts pineapple juice

· 1 part Orange Curacao

· 1 part grenadine

· 1 part lime juice

Preparation: Combine all ingredients. Shake well. Strain and serve over ice in a highball. Garnish with a pineapple spear and lime wheel.

Juan Collins:

· 2 parts Sauza® 901® Tequila

· 1 part fresh lemon juice

· 1 part simple syrup

· Splash of soda water

· Lemon peel for garnish

· Cherry for garnish
Preparation: Combine all items, excluding the soda water in a mixing glass. Shake well. Serve in a highball glass over ice. Top with soda water. Garnish drink with a lemon peel and a cherry.

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Apartment 901:

2oz. Sauza 901 Tequila

1oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice

3/4oz. Apricot Liqueur

3/4oz. Lime Juice

4-5 Mint Leaves

*Add all ingredients to shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and double strain into coupe glass. Garnish with mint sprig.

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Garden T&T:

2oz. Sauza 901 Tequila

1/4oz. Honey Syrup or 1 Barspoon of Agave Nectar

Juice of 1 Lime Wedge

Bitters [Bittermens Burlesque Used Here]

Tonic Water

Herbs and Fruit

*A fresh take on a simple tonic. Use whatever herbs and fruit that may be in season. Here we’re using 1 sliced strawberry, 1 grapefruit wedge, a couple of sprigs of thyme and a few mint leaves. This is a built cocktail. Start with muddling herbs in a rocks glass. Add syrup, bitters and remaining ingredients to glass. Stir and enjoy.

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Sauza 901 Fizz:

2 1/2oz. Sauza 901 Tequila

4oz. Guava Nectar or Strawberry Puree

1oz. Lime or Lemon Juice

1/2oz. Simple Syrup

1 Egg White

Cream Soda

*Add all ingredients to shaker minus cream soda. Dry shake (without ice) until contents froth. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into highball or fizz glass and top with cream soda.

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Strawberry Fizz

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Cheers to a wonderful spring from Sauza 901 !