Tequila: Worth celebrating and often worth regretting when you’ve enjoyed too much of the tasty spirit. Hailing back to the 16th century, did you know it’s North America’s first indigenous distilled spirit? It also has a national holiday – July 24 every year.
Falling this year on the appropriate “Tequila Tuesday,” one can enjoy the way they traditionally do in Mexico, which is to drink it straight. Or try one of the four tasty tequila-based recipes below, whether you’re throwing a party or just watching Tila Tequila reruns.
(Refreshment with a kick!)
• 2 oz. silver tequila (may also be called Blanco – Plata – White – Platinum; recipe suggests Milagro Silver)
• 2 oz. margarita mix
• 4 slices cucumber
• One pinch cilantro
• One jalapeño
Muddle cucumbers and herbs, add remaining ingredients. Shake with ice and strain into rocks glass with ice. Garnish with cucumber slice.
La Vida Dulce
(For those who love the sweet life. The recipe was originally part of Milagro Tequila’s Tacos Evolved Tour, held at Tasting Table’s Test Kitchen.)
• 2 oz. reposado tequila (traditionally also referred to as “rested” and “aged”)
• .75 oz. Lillet Blanc (or similar French apertif)
• .25 oz. Sauternes (or similar French sweet wine)
• 2 dashes lemon bitters
• 2 dashes orange bitters (recipe suggests Bitter Truth bitters or similar)
Serve in a rocks glass with lemon zest garnish.
(In case you wish July 24 could last forever)
• 1 oz. extra-aged tequila such as Patrén Añejo
• ¾ oz. fresh grapefruit juice
• ¾ oz. vermouth
• ¾ oz. apricot brandy
In an ice-filled mixing glass, add all ingredients and shake until well-blended. Strain into a chilled glass.
(The 98-calorie option for outdoor lounging.)
• 1.25 oz. Silver tequila
• 2 oz. pineapple juice
• 2 oz. cranberry juice
• Splash of diet lemon-lime soda
In a cocktail shaker, add ice, then all ingredients and shake. Serve over ice.