National Tequila Day: 5 Recipes To Know (& Video Tips)

tequila

noun te·qui·la 

Tequila is a regionally specific distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 65 km northwest of Guadalajara, and in the highlands of the central western Mexican state of Jalisco.

And today, July 24th, just happens to be National Tequila Day (a.k.a. this gal's favorite day of the year)! Let's celebrate together by making one of these delicious cocktail creations, courtesy of some of the best bartenders in NYC. Bottoms up! 


VIVA Rip Tide

  • 2 oz. VIVA XXXII Reposado Tequila
  • 1 oz. Fresh Juiced Pineapple
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ oz. Agave Syrup (3:1 Agave to Water)

 Directions: Place all ingredients into a shaker and give a short “dry” shake. Then, add crushed ice to shaker. Pour ice and cocktail into a highball glass and top with a float of Angostura Bitters and Pineapple Frond.


The Jimadores Paloma

  • 2 oz Patrón Reposado
  • 3 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Smoke Hibiscus Syrup
  • 5 dashes of Peychaud Bitters
  • 5 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • Ginger beer to fill
  • Pinch of Salt

Directions:

Add grapefruit, lime, salt and Patrón into shake. Add with ice and shake for 5 seconds. Straing into a Collins glass and fill with ginger beer. Pour Hibiscus Syrup on top and dash Bitters as well. Garnish with a snake Grapefruit peel inside glass.


Davio's Summer Sangria

  • 1.5 oz Berry Infused Tequila
  • .5 oz Crème De Cassis
  • .5 oz Simple Syrup
  • .5 lemon Juice
  • Top with Pinot Noir

Directions: Combine all ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into an old fashioned glass. Layer pinot noir on top.


The Sacrifice

Created by Stephen Halpin

  • 2 oz Patrón Extra Anejo*
  • 1/2  oz Patrón Aged Orange Liquor*
  • 1/4  oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Orange Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Directions:

Combine ingredients in a shaker tin with ice and shake until chilled. Strain and serve up into a chilled Nick & Nora or coupe glass with twist of lemon.


Pink Passion

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Peach schnapps
  • 2 oz. Tequila Rose
  • 2 splashes of cranberry juice
  • 1 splash of lemon-lime soda
  • Garnish: Lemon twist 

Preparation:

1. Pour all ingredients into shaker, shake, and strain into martini glass.

2. Garnish with a lemon twist.


don't forget The Himalayan Salt Shot Glasses...

Looking to spice up your typical shot of tequila? I just found out about these cool Himalayan Salt Shot Glasses, which make it easy to add a subtle touch of salt to your shot of tequila. All you need is a wedge of lime and you’re ready to go! They're hand carved from natural pink rock salt and mined from the Himalayans to provide a shot glass of the highest quality. As the salt is 100% natural, each and every glass is totally unique, with a pink appearance that is naturally occurring and quite beautiful. 

These reusable glasses simply need rinsing with water and patting dry after use, then store away for the next occasion. But makes sure you drink up fast, leaving the Tequila for too long starts to dissolve these must have shot glasses!

Himalayan Salt Shot Glasses are $25 for a set of 2 and $35 for a set of 4. Available to purchase online from Amazon.


Patron + You

The folks over at Patron want to make sure you have the best National Tequila Day ever so they're sharing tips on how to make cocktails like a pro. 

learn how to make simple syrup:

then there's all that shaking & straining:

and What about those zesty & twisty things?


Now, if I could just cure my hangover...

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