10 Surprising Facts About Tequila and Cocktail Recipes
The people around me are well aware that when in comes to alcoholic beverages my heart belongs to champagne. However, I’ve recently, acquired a taste for tequila. Unlike other spirits, I find that tequila has a distinct tasting profile that while not overpowering makes it ideal for sipping or perfect to create a wonderful cocktail without having to add to much sugar or other mixers. Anyways, since my love for tequila and today is National Tequila Day (there’s also a National Daquiri Day and so many other fun holidays), I’ve compiled ten cocktails along ten interesting fact about the Mexican spirit.
1.Unlike other spirits (I am looking at you whiskey), tequila decreases the likelihood that you will wake-up with a hangover. Sure, adding sugar won't help, but enjoying the purity of 100% blue agave tequila will leave you clear-headed the next morning.
Served at Calexico
Tequila 1 1/2 oz
Combier 1/2 oz
Cucumber 4 slices
Cilantro 1 sprig
Lime Juice 1/2 oz
Agave 1/2 oz
Directions mix ingredients
2. Tequilas made with 100% blue agave are labeled in three ways. 1) Silver or Blanco (the most common) is clear and it is not aged in wood. 2) Reposado is aged in barrel for at least two months and a max of 12 months. 3 )Añejo is aged in oak barrels for at least a year.
1 part Olmeca Altos Reposado
1 ½ parts grapefruit juice
¾ part sparkling water
¼ part agave syrup
¼ part lime juice
Directions: Build up all ingredients over ice and stir in a highball glass.
3. The most expensive bottle of tequila ever sold, the Platinum & White Gold Tequila bottle, according to The Guiness World Records, fetched a whooping $225,000.
Blushing Rosemary Margarita
2 parts Milagro Silver Tequila
1 part fresh lime juice
3/4 part agave nectar
4 watermelon chunks
1 rosemary sprig
2 dashes Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters
Directions: In a cocktail shaker, muddle fruit and herbs. Add remaining ingredients. Shake and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with Rosemary Sprig and Lemon Wheel.
4. Tequila is quickly becoming a favorite spirit of choice for many Americans. In fact, more than 45 million tequila drinkers, what's more the U.S. consumes twice as much tequila as the liquid’s country of origin, Mexico. Another fun fact, Casa Sauza is one of the only major tequila producers to use agave in its raw form – pressing the piñas and then cooking the juice instead of cooking the entire piña.
1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 ½ parts light beer
1 part frozen limeade
1 part water
Lime wedge (for garnish)
Directions : In a glass filled with ice, combine Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila, limeade, beer and water. Stir gently. Garnish with a lime wedge (optional).
5. The blue agave takes about eight years to get to point where it can be harvested. Some brands, like Casa Noble let it harvest longer which results in a more complex taste. Casa Noble is also one of only three Organic tequilas made in the world.
Margarita from SOL Cocina Kitchen: Phoenix, AZ
3 oz. Casa Noble Single Barrel Reposado Tequila
2.5 oz. Lime Juice
1.5 oz. Agave Nectar
1 oz. Soda Water
Directions: Shake and strain over fresh ice. *Note: This is too big to build in a pint glass, so please note it has to be built in a shaker
6. In addition to the blue agave concentration, there are legal requirements for a tequila to receive its seal. 1) It must be made from blue Weber agave grown and harvested only in the Mexican state of Jalisco, and designated areas of the states of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit or Tamaulipas. 2) It must be produced with no less than 35% alcohol by volume. 3) The label must read ‘hecho en México’ (made in México). Herradura, naturally, meets all of the below and comes from one of the last tequila-producing haciendas on the planet, Casa Herradura.
1 ⅓ oz. Herradura Blanco
2 slices of ginger
2 tsp agave syrup
Squeezed fresh lime juice
Directions: In a shaker, crush the ginger and blend in the agave syrup. Add ice and remaining ingredients. Shake and strain into the cocktail glass and cap off with ginger ale.
7. Like wine, there's a method experts engage to truly enjoy tequila and it involves using the four senses. Start with Sight: take a look the tequila through the caballito. Note the color because it offers a window into the amount of wood imparted by barreling, and hints of its complexity. Now, Smell. Hold the glass an inch or so from the nose. Sniff the bottom, center and top. Then Taste. Lastly, Touch. The perception of touch is experienced in the mouth. When tequila is harsh, it produces a bite or a sensation of warmth; when smooth, the tongue feels a velvet softness.
White Mexican – Que Bueno!
1 ½ oz. Trianon Anejo Tequila
1 oz. Kahlua
½ oz. half & half
Directions: In a glass add Trianon Anejo Tequila and Kahlua. Slowly pour in the half & half and serve.
8. In order to have the tequila label, it must contain at least 51% blue agave. However, these blends are called mixto. True fans or purists insist on 100% blue agave.
2 oz. Avión Añejo
¾ oz. Hot Pepper Infused Agave Nectar
3 Dashes of Orange Bitters
Garnish With Orange Twist
Directions: Add tequila and agave into a mixing glass filled with ice. Finish it off with a dash of orange bitters. Gently stir the cocktail. Strain your cocktail into a glass filled with ice. Finish it off with an orange twist.
9. Tequila, is best consumed using a narrow shot glass called a Caballito or little horse or pony. The caballito, which resembles a flute, helps to open the tequila.
2 oz. Cruz Silver Tequila
1 ruby red grapefruit squeezed
1/2 lime squeezed
A splash of St Germain elderflower liqueur (Optional)
Directions: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.
10. Tequila is made using the blue agave plant. To create tequila the heart of the blue agave is steamed, then minced into a pulp and combined with water and allowed to ferment. The product is an alcoholic liquid that's then distilled to remove any impurities and bottled.
Sandia Frescao (Sweet & Spicy!)
1 ½ oz. Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila
¼ oz. Cointreau
2 oz. fresh-pressed watermelon juice (or 1 oz. of a good-quality bottled puree)
½ oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
½ oz. ginger syrup*
Directions: Build in a mixing glass, then shake & pour over fresh ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with a watermelon wedge, if desired.
*Ginger Syrup: In a medium saucepan, combine ½ pound fresh ginger and ½ liter Tres Agave Nectar over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a very light boil, stirring occasionally. Strain & allow the mixture to cool for 25 minutes.